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Energy change is underway

Energy change is underway

28 September 2016 was the day that several tornados swept through South Australia and knocked down a number of transmission towers at different locations across the electricity network.

Using super for housing is a really bad idea

Using super for housing is a really bad idea

Motivated by the need to make housing more affordable, recently a proposal has been floated from within the Commonwealth Government to allow first home buyers (FHBs) to access their superannuation to help fund the purchase of their house.

Electricity prices in Victoria

Electricity prices in Victoria

Much has been written recently about high profits made by energy retailers, particularly in Victoria, by Grattan, ESC and AEMC. But how robust is the analysis underpinning these claims?

Catalysing innovation in Australia

Catalysing innovation in Australia

Innovation has become a central focus of the Australian Government under Malcolm Turnbull. This is timely – for too long, we have been beset by a lack of world-first innovations and dearth of truly innovative companies.

Regulation and privatisation

Regulation and privatisation

Infrastructure privatisation is popular with most Australian governments but it won’t work out well without sound frameworks to regulate private infrastructure providers and policy settings that allow prices to reflect costs.

Addressing disadvantage in Australia

Addressing disadvantage in Australia

The CEDA report 'Addressing entrenched disadvantage in Australia', sponsored by ACIL Allen Consulting, provides important information to enhance the efforts to address entrenched disadvantage in Australia and helps us better understand the nature of the problem.

Budget or economic strategy?

Budget or economic strategy?

The budget and statements of economic strategy should be different animals, but they're not. This article was derived from a speech on the 2015 Commonwealth budget made to the Economic Society, 18 May 2015.

Outcomes measurement in client centred services

Outcomes measurement in client centred services

Government departments are being asked to report on outcomes achieved through programs and services. Reporting outcomes in the context of social policy, particularly that of client centred services, poses challenges.