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The electricity sector alone can’t meet Australia’s emissions reduction challenge

December 23, 2019 - 13:33 -- Admin

Australia has a de facto national target of net zero emissions by 2050. But Australian government projections suggest we are not on track to achieve this target, with emissions reductions in the electricity sector being undermined by a lack of progress in the rest of the economy.

Who contributes to policy reviews?

November 21, 2019 - 08:00 -- Admin

Do some people have too much influence over public policy in Australia? Grattan’s 2018 report Who’s in the room? showed that access and influence are heavily skewed towards the businesses and unions that have the most to gain (and lose) from policy decisions. And this blog post shows that older people, and men, were heavily over-represented in submissions to the 2015 Tax White Paper. Treasury received 870 formal submissions to its 2015 review of the tax and transfer system.

The case for redefining low socioeconomic status in higher education

September 10, 2019 - 07:55 -- Admin

Since the early 1990s, higher education statistics have defined someone as of low socio-economic status if they are from a region classified in the lowest 25 per cent in Australia according to the ABS Index of Education and Occupation. Wouldn't it be better to pay more attention to areas that for whatever reason have low university participation rates, even if quirks of the Index of Education and Occupation formula give them SES ratings that disqualify them from low-SES rewards?

Learning from past mistakes: lessons from the National Rental Affordability Scheme

September 9, 2019 - 07:00 -- Admin

Low income earners are struggling with high housing costs and there are widespread calls for governments to help. But the last major effort, the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), was fundamentally flawed.

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