Jessica Brown


Southeast Asia’s American embrace

Like Australia, Southeast Asian states worry about a future where their major economic partner may come into conflict with their security guarantor. All Southeast Asian states want to take advantage of the benefits of a rising China, yet none wants it to be in a...

Overcoming a culture of low expectations

This paper argues that the most important thing we can do to encourage disadvantaged Australians into work is to turn our culture of low expectations into one that supports high achievement. In a wealthy country like Australia, perhaps the most damaging kind of poverty is...

Working towards self-reliance: three lessons for disability pension reform

This report outlines current problems with the current Disability Support Pension, and offers three approaches for its reform. More than 800,000 Australians rely on Disability Support Pension (DSP). The program costs taxpayers more than $13 billion a year, a figure that is projected to increase...

Why a growing Australia is nothing to fear

This report outlines the benefits and realities of Australia's growing population. A growing population presents us with challenges and opportunities. Population growth, and the skilled migration that fuels it, helps our economy grow - giving us the resources to support our ageing population, build better...

Chinese macroeconomic management through the crisis and beyond

This paper examines the success of China's stimulus spending during the global financial crisis and the changes that need to be made for future economic prosperity. As in all the other major economies, China's macroeconomic policy framework was put to the test during the global...