Articles from Grattan Blog
Policy makers need timely information to decide whether economic stimulus might be required. A new indicator based on the unemployment rate can help.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been dodging questions on how much high-income earners will benefit from his tax plan and what it means for the progressivity of Australia’s tax system. Here are the answers.
It’s the misleading housing statistic that just won’t die. But it isn’t a claim being made by politicians in the heat of an election campaign. Instead it keeps appearing in the reports of some of Australia’s most prominent housing researchers.
A recent paper by the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, using Melbourne Institute’s Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, concluded that retirees’ spending increases as they age. The implication is clear: if retirees spend more as they age, they need to save more before retirement to fund that higher spending.
Australia should move to a universal dental care scheme over the next 10 years, as we recommended in our recent report Filling the Gap. But even under existing policy, there is a funded dental scheme for children. The tragedy is that it does not deliver the care it could.