A strong, certain price signal could see the dawn of a new period of investment in renewables.
Labor has been criticised for vacillating about about its 50% renewable energy ambition. But its proposed emissions intensity scheme could boost green energy without any hard target at all.
Political calculations drove the Abbott and Baird governments’ decisions on investing taxpayers’ money in the WestConnex project.
Reckless government investment decisions are sadly the norm when it comes to transport infrastructure. Three key checks on the decision-making process can help ensure taxpayers get value for money.
Shadow minister for education Tanya Plibersek said Australia is slightly below the international average on funding for schools.
Tanya Plibersek, shadow minister for education, told reporters recently that Australia is slightly below average when it comes to international funding for our schools. Is that right?
Turnbull highlighted problems with the intermittency of renewable energy.
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has set out a strong vision for Australia's energy policy, but there are many challenges ahead.
The latest snapshot of Australian health funding reveals who’s footing the bill, among other worrying health statistics.
The latest Productivity Commission health report reveals some serious problems with out-of-pocket health expenses as well as disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health.
Where is federal road funding going?
Once again the federal government has given more infrastructure funding to Queensland, ignoring less politically important states like Victoria.
MYEFO is more positive about the 2016-17 budget bottom line than previous expectations. However, projections over the forward estimates have worsened.
While MYEFO discussion focuses on the budget deficit, experts say it also serves as a stark reminder of the need for bigger policy ideas in Canberra.
Who’s doing it tougher?
Beyond debates about the avocado smash generation lies some misnomers on which generation had it better.
An emissions intensity trading scheme increases the cost of coal power compared to other electricity sources.
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Why is everyone talking about 'emissions intensity' schemes this week?
We can’t say whether introducing competition to the health sector would work in the same way as other markets.
Headlines pointed to the privatisation of hospital, end-of-life and dental services, but the Productivity Commission's report is actually a lot less radical.
For as long as the government avoids rigorous, transparent processes, there is no reason to expect any real discipline in how it spends infrastructure dollars.
Ducking hard choices means avoiding change that could make a real improvement to the effectiveness of Australia’s infrastructure.
A new model proposes to fix school funding arrangements.
A new proposed deal on school funding delivers the Gonski funding within budget.
A tax on sugary drinks wouldn’t just prevent obesity, it could recoup some of the costs from obesity to the taxpayer.
Obesity imposes enormous costs on the community, through higher taxes to fund extra government spending on health and from foregone tax revenue because obese people are more likely to be unemployed.
Many seniors pay less than younger workers on the same income as a result of special tax breaks for seniors.
The federal government could save about A$1 billion a year by changing three unfair tax breaks for older Australians, a new report says.
Australia’s major newspapers still seem to prefer male columnists.
Why are the opinion pages of Australia's media pages less diverse than even ASX 200 boards?
The super system provides very little support to low-income earners in the bottom 10% of taxpayers.
Super is the wrong tool to provide an adequate support in retirement for low-income earners. Our research shows top-up measures to help this group are poorly targeted and too expensive.
Scott Morrison spoke to the Urban Development Institute of Australia on housing affordability.
A panel of experts on housing respond to Treasurer Scott Morrison's speech on improving the supply of housing in Australia.
Sydney’s WestConnex road project has a surprisingly low ‘worst case’ cost estimate.
Our infrastructure systems should promise what is worth having, and then deliver what is promised.
Australa’s electricity network is going through a period of major transformation.
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Australia's electricity market will be reviewed over the next six months, following South Australia's state-wide blackout.
Super accounts for only a small proportion of the wealth of most Australians.
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Current super policy is compelling people to save for a higher living standard in retirement than they enjoy during their working lives.