Policy report

This report maps out a policy blueprint to reignite wages growth and boost Australians’ living standards. Building on research and analysis published by Grattan Institute since it was founded 13 years ago, Orange Book 2022 identifies reforms to boost incomes, improve health and education, create better transport links, make housing more affordable, generate meaningful progress on climate change, and strengthen Australia’s political institutions.

It calls for major tax reform – including increasing or broadening the GST and winding back tax concessions to fund income tax cuts – as well as cheaper childcare, lower patient payments to medical specialists and dentists, higher-density housing in the major capital cities, a boost to the JobSeeker payment, stronger action on climate change, and a Commonwealth Integrity Commission with teeth.

It’s an ambitious agenda, but decades of policy gridlock mean there are many opportunities to improve Australians’ living standards through better policy. Whoever wins the 2022 federal election should get the ball rolling, so Australia can emerge from the pandemic as a fairer, more prosperous, and more optimistic nation.

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Grattan Institute Report No. 2022-02