Topic archives: Grattan Institute

What’s really driving voter disillusionment

March 14, 2018 20

Disempowerment lies behind the angst that has fueled the rise of minor parties in recent elections. And there is substance to voters' concerns.

How the rich weaponised NIMBYism to wage class war

March 5, 2018 29

A new report illustrates how effectively middle and high-income earners have used the tax system and NIMBYism to drive low-income earners out of housing ownership

Crikey Worm: the rich get richer

January 22, 2018

Good morning, early birds. New data shows that the government's capital gains tax discount is, increasingly, a financial luxury only available to Australia's top earners. Plus, our last local hope for the 2018 Australian Open crashes out of the competition. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Getting a sugar rush from controlling the poor

November 25, 2016 31

For nanny statists, there'll always be another threat to exploit to impose controls on low-income people. The sugar tax is only the latest.

Rundle: curb sugar by regulating the pushers, not whingeing about the nanny state

November 24, 2016 30

Yes, something should be done to prevent Australians consuming so much sugar. But forcing low-income consumers to pay more for it is not the solution.

What the Grattan Institute gets wrong about GST

December 9, 2015 2

GST is not the lowest-hanging fruit when it comes to tax reform, writes economist John Quiggin.

Are McMansions to blame for the property bubble?

June 11, 2015 2

Crikey readers discuss housing and other matters of the day.

What the Grattan Institute gets wrong about solar

What the Grattan Institute gets wrong about solar

June 1, 2015 7

The Grattan researchers forgot quite a few things about Queensland, writes economist and University of Queensland academic John Quiggin

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

October 23, 2014 4

The revolving door between politics and journalism ... conservative and liberal names ... the wrong Freya Newman .,.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

October 22, 2014

Memories of Gough Whitlam ... staffers have to stand at the back ... it's the other Imbruglia sister ...

In tough budget times, retirees must take a hit

In tough budget times, retirees must take a hit

November 25, 2013 27

Big-ticket fiscal reforms that have limited economic impacts are few and far between, a new Grattan Institute report shows. And the ones that exist aren't politically palatable.

Did we waste the mining boom? Let’s really test the argument

Did we waste the mining boom? Let’s really test the argument

July 31, 2013 8

The evidence that we wasted the mining boom is actually unclear: we just don't notice how we used the vast flow of revenue. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane examine the claims.

Grattan, Canada show the mining boom didn’t kill the economy

Grattan, Canada show the mining boom didn’t kill the economy

July 29, 2013 2

The mining boom wasn't too bad for the economy, a new report finds -- but the interpretation depends on your ideology. Crikey's Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

The ‘golden age of gas’ not in Oz yet

The ‘golden age of gas’ not in Oz yet

June 17, 2013 6

Australia has many decades of gas. But, if this is true, how can we be looking at big gas price increases and possibly supply shortfalls within a few years? A new Grattan Institute report by Tony Wood delves into the big issues.

The rise and rise of health spending — but don’t blame the old people

The rise and rise of health spending — but don’t blame the old people

April 23, 2013 20

Health spending and health employment are surging in Australia. But it's not inevitable, as the experience of other countries shows. And it's not necessarily being driven by the ageing population.

Why Australia is not a ‘European-style debt quagmire’

Why Australia is not a ‘European-style debt quagmire’

April 22, 2013 4

Australia's in no danger of entering "a European-style debt quagmire", despite the hysteria from surplus fetishists and the conservative commentariat.

Why your arts or science degree may have been a waste of time

Why your arts or science degree may have been a waste of time

January 22, 2013 7

A study has found health and education graduates are most likely to get a good job -- while arts and science grads are lagging behind. Andrew Norton authored the report on university-related debt for the Grattan Institute.

An antidote to Canberra’s impotent reforms

June 8, 2012 24

The latest paper from the Grattan Institute has some remarkably pragmatic advice and a few surprising things to say about the priorities for economic reform.

Parkinson: no easy choices, but strong case for energy action

February 6, 2012 6

A new report from the Grattan Institute has underlined the failure of current policies to push Australia down the path of a clean energy future Giles Parkinson, editor of RenewEconomy, reports.

Searching for truth on productivity

Searching for truth on productivity

September 7, 2011 41

For journalists willing to do some work, it's easy to check whether the link being made between IR deregulation and labour productivity stands up.