Our atmosphere and climate 2020

Our atmosphere and climate 2020 is the latest in a series of environmental reports produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ. New Zealand's changing climate is explored in five chapters that show how, why, and what is happening to New Zealand's climate...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Craig Kelly says Australia had more rainfall in the first 20 years of this century than the first 20 years of last century. Is he correct?

At the height of Australia's recent bushfire crisis, Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly made the rounds of national and international media outlets, arguing against the long-term drying out of the Australian landscape.
Discussion paper

Out of season

This analysis uses Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) data to track changes in daily temperatures that mark the beginning of each season over the sub-tropical and temperate parts of the country where most Australians live.

Is the UK getting innovation right?

This report represents the culmination of three months of public opinion research to understand attitudes to innovation. Whilst there is an existing body of evidence around public attitudes to science and technology, this research sought to build on this knowledge.

Time to care: unpaid and underpaid care work and the global inequality crisis

The extreme gap between rich and poor is undermining the fight against poverty, damaging economies around the globe and fuelling public anger and unrest, especially as climate related disasters become more commonplace. This research demonstrates the extent of the gap between rich and poor.

Heatwatch: extreme heat in the Kimberley

Increases in extreme heat events in the Kimberley region will have severe impacts on the wellbeing of people in the region, particularly indigenous communities. It will also impact key industries, including tourism and agriculture, and damage natural ecosystems.
Briefing paper

Housing in an ageing Australia: nest and nest egg?

This report, investigating the links between home ownership and population ageing, finds that delays in home purchase are broadly consistent with other social and demographic trends. The report concludes that those at greatest disadvantage in retirement are renters.
Working paper

Marginal benefits? Electoral geography and economic outcomes

This paper exploits the substantial and exogenously determined changes to electoral boundaries that occurred between the 1983 and 1984 elections in Australia. This context allows examination of whether political parties redistribute discretionary resources towards marginal districts, or to safe districts so as to ‘reward the...
Briefing paper

Just tax: reforming the taxation of income from wealth and work

This briefing paper focusses on two sets of proposals designed to make the taxation of income simpler, more progressive and better able to raise public money. The proposals are united by the principle that income, regardless of source, should be taxed equally across individuals.

Forgotten people and forgotten places: Canada’s economic performance in the age of populism

Donald Trump’s surprising election and the rise of populism in various other Western democracies is a salutary warning to Canadian policy-makers. It cannot be assumed that Canada is immune to these same forces. What are the causes of rising populism? What can policy-makers do to...

Generation gap: ensuring a fair go for younger Australians

The report identifies policy settings that have contributed to differences in outcomes across generations in Australia. It looks ahead to what an ageing population might mean for the economic future of today’s young.

Capitalism and the future of democracy

America is a mess. So are many other Western nations. Populism is on the rise because our existing system of a market-based liberal democracy is falling short of producing what citizens need and want. This essay argues that this mindset has led to ever-rising inequality...

Tax targets

This paper outlines how the Morrison Government’s unlegislated tax cut, proposed for 2024-25, will see $33 billion over five years flow to those earning over $180,000 and $26 billion flow to those earning over $200,000.

The distribution of the government’s stage 3(a) tax cuts

This paper argues that the benefit of the final stage of the federal government’s income tax plan will flow overwhelmingly to high income earners, with almost a third going to the top 10% and more than half going to the top 20%.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s delivery of extreme weather services

The audit’s objective was to determine if the Bureau of Meteorology’s processes support the delivery of effective extreme weather services.

Climate assessment for the electorate of Capricornia

This climate assessment for the electorate of Capricornia finds the electorate could suffer devastating climate impacts unless emissions are cut and climate change is brought under control.

Heatwatch: increasing extreme heat in the Whitsundays

Increasing extreme heat will have profound impacts on people, industries and ecosystems in the Whitsundays. CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology projections estimate that the average number of days over 35 degrees each year could increase fourfold by 2030 and reach over 87 days per year...

Heatwatch: increasing extreme heat in Mackay

Increasing extreme heat will have profound impacts on people, industries and ecosystems in Mackay. CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology projections estimate that the average number of days over 35 degrees could increase from around one day presently to over seventy by 2090 without strong climate...

Heatwatch: increasing extreme heat in Townsville

Increasing extreme heat will have profound impacts on people, industries and ecosystems in Townsville.

The angriest summer

The Australian summer of 2018/19 marked the return of the 'Angry Summer,' with record-breaking heat and other destructive extreme weather events.

Preparing for the era of disasters

This report warns that we are entering a new era in the security of Australia, not because of terrorism, the rise of China or even the cybersecurity threat, but because of climate change.

Weather gone wild: climate change-fuelled extreme weather in 2018

As many Australians already believe, this report finds that climate change is increasing the frequency and/or severity of extreme weather and that Australians are suffering as a result.
Briefing paper

Public good or private wealth?

This report reveals that the wealth of the world’s billionaires increased by 12%, or almost AUD $3.5 billion a day last year. At the same time, the poorest half of humanity saw their wealth shrink by 11%, a burden disproportionately carried by women and girls.

Heat health plans: guidelines

These guidelines are intended to raise awareness of the risks of hot weather to health, and to encourage and support the development of Heat Health Plans.

A fair go for all Australians: urgent action required

This report is the result of a roundtable involving 32 experts and politicians, including former Labor Treasurer, Wayne Swan, and Federal Greens Leader, Richard Di Natale.