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

Why retirees aren't spending their savings
Simon Cowan
13 January 2016 | Business Spectator

A number of recent reports, including one this week from CSIRO, show that retiree households are not drawing down their wealth to support themselves in retirement. In June 2015 an…

Downsizing homes and taxpayer hit
Simon Cowan
04 December 2015 | Ideas@TheCentre

The Productivity Commission (PC) released an excellent report this week on Housing Decisions of Older Australians. In it the PC argued that the exemption of the family home from the…

How the family home is wrecking the pension
Simon Cowan
03 December 2015 | Business Spectator

The Productivity Commission released an excellent report this week on Housing Decisions of Older Australians. It argues that the exemption of the family home from the pension means test creates…

Productivity Commission’s brave call on the family home is right
Simon Cowan
02 December 2015 | Australian Financial Review

It’s been clear for some time that the exemption of the family home from the pension assets test is hurting everyone. Taxpayers pay $44 billion a year in pensions, non-homeowner…

PC report confirms CIS research on family home as key to boosting retiree living standards
Simon Cowan
01 December 2015

The Productivity Commission report confirms the key findings of our research: that the family home is key to boosting living standards for retirees, says Centre for Independent Studies researcher Simon…