Preparing for Self-Driving Vehicles: Impacts on City Financing

The next revolution in urban transportation is coming—autonomous vehicles (AVs). While the national governments in the US and Australia have considered the technological and safety… Read More ›

A Sugar Tax Will Benefit Our Most Disadvantaged Groups

For a long time, a major concern of the public health lobby’s proposed sugar-sweetened beverage tax has been that it would unfairly punish disadvantaged groups.… Read More ›

Income Inequality Ticks Down as the Rich See Their Incomes Fall: ABS

Income inequality has dropped slightly in Australia, largely driven by a fall in incomes for the richest 20% of the population, according to the latest… Read More ›

Social Security and Welfare Spending in Australia: Assessing Long-Term Trends Part 3

Social security and household incomes in Australia We can measure reliance on or use of social security using ABS statistics on income distribution. These show… Read More ›

Complexity and Inequality in Fiscal Systems: A Conversation Between Vito Tanzi, Stephen Howes, Roger Bradbury, Peter Whiteford and Miranda Stewart

This is an edited extract of a Crawford School event with Professor Vito Tanzi, former Director of the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department. The event was… Read More ›

Introducing a GP Copayment in Australia: Who Would Carry the Cost Burden?

Following the abandonment of a string of controversial copayment policy proposals (i.e., the ‘$7 copayment’ and its equally ill-fated successors), medical stakeholders have maintained strong… Read More ›