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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...
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.
This new research shows that women’s average superannuation balances at retirement are less than half of men’s.
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...
Explores what has driven rising wages growth, why the gains were more fairly distributed, why it’s come to a halt, and what we can do about it.
From the early 1990s till the end of the mining boom in 2010, Australia had a dream run of economic prosperity.
Inflation was low, unemployment remained below six per cent, and the economy kept out of recession, even during the Global Financial Crisis....
This report argues that rather than outsourcing ever more public services, governments should introduce social impact bond models within the public sector.
In one of his first major steps as Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has delivered on his promise to...
Few areas of Australian public policy have undergone such rapid change as vocational education and training (VET) in recent years. The introduction of private provision, known as ‘contestability’, has radically reshaped the VET sector. Contestability was first embraced in Victoria in 2009 in response to...
Examining the barriers to the provision of adequate care and support to people with disabilities in Australia, this paper proposes a high-level outline for a National Disability Insurance Scheme and improved coverage within existing accident insurance programs.
The paper identifies four explanations for...
The ideas of Left and Right have long dominated politics. This Festival of Dangerous Ideas panel discusses whether these notions are still relevant in modern society.
Luke Malpass (chair), Waleed Aly, Tom Switzer and David Hetherington each mount convincing arguments that many of the...