David Hetherington

David Hetherington is the Executive Director of the Public Education Foundation. He spent ten years as the founding Executive Director of the progressive think tank Per Capita, and has also worked at the UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research and with LEK Consulting in Sydney, Munich and Auckland.  David has authored over 100 reports, book chapters and opinion pieces on a wide range of economic and social policy issues. 
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What price the gap? Education and inequality in Australia

It is widely understood that Australia’s school performance (as measured by international test scores) has been falling. What’s less understood is that this headline buries a stark, unpalatable fact: our international test results show that kids at the bottom of the performance distribution are falling...

The future of the fair go: securing shared prosperity for Australian workers

This report argues that the time for a reckoning is here. The government must intervene to secure the hard-fought-for right of Australian workers to receive a living wage in return for their labour.

Not so super, for women: superannuation and women’s retirement outcomes

This new research shows that women’s average superannuation balances at retirement are less than half of men’s.

The adequacy of the age pension in Australia: an assessment of pensioner living standards

This report examines the adequacy of the Age Pension both qualitatively, through focus groups and town meetings, and quantitatively, through analysis of social survey data. Methodology included quantitative analysis provided by the HILDA (Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia) survey which included 9,000 households...

Per Capita tax survey 2016

The results of this year’s Survey can be organised into four main groups. Firstly, the public believes we have a revenue problem rather than a spending one. We need to fund more spending rather than cutting our spending to match our revenue capacity. Overwhelmingly the...