While the Productivity Commission’s critique of the national housing agreement is justified, its faith in the market is not. The Albanese government is right to invest in building social housing.
The first interim report of the Commission’s five-yearly productivity inquiry glosses over inequity.
A new report comes at a critical time. Every year, between 5% and 9% of Australian students do not meet year-level expectations in literacy or numeracy.
How do you measure the productivity of a hairdresser, or a teacher, or an aged care worker? It’s harder than you might think.
The requirement that super funds act in the best financial interests of their members is up for review, as is the nature of the performance test that weeds out poorly-performing funds.
Whooping cough rates are the lowest they’ve been for years. But what comes next?
The Productivity Commission’s startling finding is that passing on wealth actually cuts inequality.
A striking feature of the report is the relatively brief treatment of ‘green’ technologies.
A new Productivity Commission report finds prisoners cost Australian taxpayers more than $5 billion per year. The numbers are climbing while offences are falling.
The Productivity Commission is examining Australia’s incarceration rates, arguing our jails are not providing value for money.
One in every six MySuper funds failed the test. One million members will be invited to leave, and it’ll be made easy.
At the core of changes already underway is that the customer not the bank will own their banking history. It’ll make switching easier, and it’s about to spread to other services.
A major investigation finds the essential supplies most at risk are personal protective equipment and chemicals. Onshore manufacturing mightn’t do much to help.
To drive living standards upward we need new technologies to relentlessly improve productivity.
Productivity was meant to be growing faster and faster. It’s growing slower and slower.
There are many initiatives around Australia designed to keep people with chronic conditions out of hospital. But to take these further, the health system needs a ‘license to innovate’.
Nothing, not even advertising will be permitted unless it is in the ‘best financial interests’ of members.
A major new report from the Productivity Commission calls for an overhaul of Australia’s 17-year-old policy on water.
The Productivity Commission this week released the health section of its Report on Government Services. But what does it tell us, and why is it important?
Poor mental health costs the Australian economy up to A$220 billion a year, according to the Productivity Commission. It will take more than piecemeal ‘announceables’ to fix the situation.