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IAN McAULEY. Doing without private health insurance

Every year the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission reports on competition and consumer issues in private health insurance (PHI), and recent reports show increasing consumer dissatisfaction with PHI. Most complaints relate to unexpected charges when claims are made and confusion … Continue reading

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IAN McAULEY. The Liberal Party’s French Connection

The political future of Kelly O’Dwyer, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services (presently on maternity leave) is uncertain, as Liberal Party members in her electorate move to disendorse her. On one level this conflict can be seen as the shenanigans … Continue reading

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IAN McAULEY. Capital gains taxes: Keating got it right in 1985

Most commentators on the crisis in housing affordability correctly attribute the problem, in part, to the Howard Government’s decision in 1999 to “halve the taxation of capital gains”. But that was only one aspect of the 1999 change: the other … Continue reading

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TIM COLEBATCH. Old coal, no new gas: how to generate an electricity crisis.

 We need to set a timetable to reduce emissions from electricity generation, which now contributes a third of Australia’s greenhouse gases – and, by and large, the third that will be easiest and cheapest to reduce. We need price mechanisms … Continue reading

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NICOLE GURRAN & PETER PHIBBS. How the Property Council is shaping the debate around negative gearing, taxes.

We see their spokespeople quoted in the papers and their ads on TV, but beyond that we know very little about how Australia’s lobby groups get what they want. 

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IAN McAULEY. What lies beyond capitalism?

This a review of Wolfgang Streeck’s book ‘How will capitalism end?’. Communists of the world, relax! Don’t spend your efforts trying to bring down capitalism, because it’s going to bring itself down.  

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JOSEPH CAMILLERI. The Politics of Paralysis: Australian style

It is hard not to conclude that our major parties have been the primary stumbling block. They seem singularly ill equipped to envisage, let alone manage, the institutional changes called for by a globalising and increasingly interdependent world. If innovation … Continue reading

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JIM CHALMERS. We can’t let go of the fair go.

New unreported data shows Australia’s proud tradition of inclusive economic growth is at risk, writes Shadow Finance Minister Jim Chalmers.  

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ERIN GILLEN. Try, Test, Learn – Government should know better

  Christian Porter, the Minister for Social Services, announced the Government’s ‘Investment Approach’ at the National Press Club in September. The approach, adapted from New Zealand and recommended by the McClure Review in 2015, is based on identifying groups who … Continue reading

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BRUCE ARNOLD. Testing the body politic? Lobbying by the pathology industry.

  Pathology testing in Australia is big business, getting bigger as the population ages and we rely on high-tech medicine for intractable ailments. Advocacy by commercial interests and government pathology service providers shapes public policy. It potentially affects elections rather … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Democratic Renewal and our loss of trust in institutions

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue We speak often about the need for new ideas and policies to fill the void in the public debate. We will be examining these issues in this … Continue reading

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