Former Research Fellow, Economics Program
Matt is a Research Fellow in the Economics Program at CIS conducting research on income support policy with a specific focus on Paid Parental Leave, the Age Pension and Disability Support Pension.
He has a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from Monash University with specialisations in economics and econometrics and has expertise in the development of micro-simulation models to assess the fiscal and distributional impacts of alternative tax and income support policies.
He co-authored his most recent report The Age Old Problem of Old Age with Simon Cowan. Prior to that Matt wrote a paper called Fairer Paid Parental Leave which proposed a HECS-style income contingent loan scheme for Paid Parental Leave that would provide payments at parent’s replacement wages without increasing government expenditure on PPL by the $3 billion proposed by the government.
Matt’s opinion on public policy has been published in The Australian, The Canberra Times, The Drum, Business Spectator and Spectator Australia among other publications. He has also appeared on the SBS panel show Insight.
He is currently undertaking research with Simon Cowan on reforming the age pension means test to ensure pension payments go to those who need them most.
Prior to joining CIS Matt worked for a number of Universities and Government agencies including the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension 03 May 2015In this TARGET 30 Research Report CIS modelling shows that reforming the pension could deliver income gains of more than $5,900 a year to almost 98% of pensioners. These reforms would also reduce the cost of the pension by $14.5…READ MORE
Media & Commentary
Pension reform: Pensioner against pensioner or old against young? 18 June 2015 | SBSUpon announcing that the opposition would not support the government’s budget measure to move the wealthiest age pensioners off payment, Bill Shorten accused the government of “setting pensioner against pensioner”. But in refusing to back this reform, Labor is setting…read more
Taxpayers should not have to pay for parental leave twice 05 June 2015 | Ideas@TheCentreIf the latest opinion polls are anything to go by, Budget 2015 has done more for the government’s primary vote than Budget 2014 — even if it has done little to improve the nation’s fiscal position. But one budget measure…read more
Employer PPL response not a scam 22 May 2015 | Ideas@TheCentreThe government’s handling of its Paid Parental Leave (PPL) budget measure shows a determination to alienate as wide a constituency as possible. Just days after agreeing that parents who make use of taxpayer funded PPL payments in addition to PPL…read more
At last, PPL targeted at those who need it 20 May 2015 | SBSBudget 2015 proposes to do what the Gillard government should have done in 2011: Ensure taxpayer funded Paid Parental Leave (PPL) payments go to those who need them. The government claims their PPL budget measure will save just under $1…read more
Pensioners can unlock more income 01 May 2015 | Ideas@TheCentreIt is often said that Australians aren’t saving enough for retirement. Only last week the Chairman of Retirement Incomes at Challenger suggested that “…assertions that $500,000, or even $1 million, in super, in the current environment, will guarantee a comfortable…read more
The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension 03 May 2015 | Research Report 3In this TARGET 30 Research Report CIS modelling shows that reforming the pension could deliver income gains of more than $5,900 a year to almost 98% of pensioners. These reforms would also reduce the cost of the pension by $14.5 billion a year. “With four out of every five retirees…READ MORE
Fairer Paid Parental Leave 07 July 2014 | T30.11Australia spends just under $1.4 billion (2012–13) on statutory Paid Parental Leave (PPL) to provide more than 130,000 parents with up to 18 weeks of parental leave paid at the full-time minimum wage. The Abbott government proposes to pay primary carers at their pre-birth wages up to a cap of…READ MORE
Budget 2014-15: Fiscal responsibility or savage cuts? 16 May 2014 | SP13The CIS analyses the Abbott government’s crucial first budget, including significant changes in the key policy areas of health, tax measures, welfare and education.READ MORE