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University course fees face dramatic restructure: young people at risk again

Young people have been disproportionately impacted by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The latest university course fees restructure will saddle students with increased debt that will hinder our COVID-19 recovery, writes Liliana Tai.
Discussion paper

Reopening Queensland after COVID-19

This report collates recommendations put forward by participants of McKell Institute Queensland's 'Reopening Queensland Digital Roundtable', held on June 10, 2020.
Policy report

A fairer pathway: improving Australia's temporary migration program

Temporary migration has grown in Australia considerably since the turn of the century. There are now over 2.4 million individuals in Australia living or working on temporary visas, fundamentally shaping Australian society and the Australian economy. This report outlines the nature of temporary migration in...
Discussion paper

Reopening NSW after COVID-19

This report compiles recommendations from McKell Institute’s May 26 ‘Reopening NSW’ Digital Roundtable, which were sourced from 14 participants representing a range of industries and organisations reflective of the diversity of the NSW economy.
Discussion paper

A COVID-19 tax rebate for frontline workers

This paper makes the case that future tranches of fiscal stimulus should target frontline Australian workers, especially those in retail, health services, public transport and cleaning. Not only is it a way of paying gratitude to their service during an unprecedented crisis, but also as...