Saving Medicare But NOT As We Know It
Jeremy Sammut
30 April 2013 | T30.03

High growth in health spending is the area of public expenditure that will unsustainably increase the size of government in coming decades. This TARGET30 report outlines some practical policies that can help cut Medicare down to size. It also proposes ‘big bang’ health reform involving…

Australia and the Asian Ascendancy: Why Upskilling is Not Necessary to Reap the Rewards
Benjamin Herscovitch
19 February 2013 | IA137

Australia’s Asian embrace: Australia’s exports to Asia are almost triple its exports to the rest of the world, and 7 out of Australia’s top 10 trading partners are in Asia. Exporting to Asia’s burgeoning middle-classes: With the number of middle-class consumers in Asia set to…

Faraway, So Close: How the Euro Crisis Affects Australia
Oliver Marc Hartwich
23 April 2012 | IA132

Europe’s economic crisis has been shaking financial markets for the past three years. Countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and even Italy are in danger of defaulting on their debt. The continent’s banking system looks fragile. A whole generation of young Europeans faces an uncertain…

Flight of the Kiwi: Addressing the Brain Drain
Andrew Patterson, David Kirk, Don Turkington, Luke Malpass
27 March 2012 | PF22

In early 2009, the NZ government established the 2025 Taskforce to provide recommendations on closing the income gap with Australia, lift New Zealand’s living standards to those in Australia and to retain New Zealand talent and entice it back home. This is obviously a difficult…

Selection, Migration and Integration: Why Multiculturalism Works in Australia (And Fails in Europe)
Oliver Marc Hartwich
01 September 2011 | PM121

Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world. Almost a quarter of the population was born abroad; almost half have at least one parent born overseas. It is remarkable that this high degree of diversity has not led to social segregation. On…

Media & Commentary

PBO report confirms family home is the missing piece of pension puzzle
Simon Cowan
25 November 2015

The PBO report Costing 2015 Pensioner Loans Scheme shows that options to boost pensioner living standards through equity release are seriously underutilised, says Centre for Independent Studies economist Simon Cowan…

Fears of automation need to be cast aside
Patrick Carvalho
19 September 2015 | Canberra Times

Recent research claims that automation threatens more than five million jobs in Australia as early as 2025, putting pressure on the young cohort of workers entering the labour market. However,…

3 (wrong) attitudes towards ageing
Simon Cowan
31 July 2015 | Ideas@TheCentre

Our population is ageing. This will bring profound economic and fiscal challenges that will require significant changes in government spending. But it will also require us to change our attitudes…

Tackling a glaring problem in the jobs market
Patrick Carvalho
15 July 2015 | Business Spectator

How can Australia best tackle the skills mismatch challenge? The best solution lies in public policy with a more market-oriented approach, focused on foundational skills rather than just dictating trade…

Pensioners are prudent by relying on taxpayers
Simon Cowan
10 July 2015 | Newcastle Herald

Australia is currently having an overdue debate on retirement income policy. However, as the government and opposition both rule out certain options for political reasons, we risk the retirement system…