Decisions by the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to flood the Barmah-Millewa forest and drain Menindee Lakes have reduced water for NSW Murray general security holders, who have zero allocation for 2018-19. We estimate an allocation of between 16% and 61% could have been possible had MDBA complied with its official Objectives and Outcomes.
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The final stage of the Morrison Government’s unlegislated income tax plan, stage 3(a) favours males by a ratio of almost two to one, according to a new distributional analysis from The Australia Institute’s senior economist Matt Grudnoff.
The Morrison Government is yet to legislate the additional tax cuts announced in the 2019-20 Federal Budget, which builds on the tax package announced in the previous 2018-19 Budget.
Australia should consider whether it wants a higher education and vocational training system more like that of Finland or more like the USA, according to a new report from The Australia Institute’s Nordic Policy Centre.
The report, co-authored by Professor Andrew Scott, Emeritus Professor Tor Hundloe and Mr Shirley Jackson, shows Australian vocational training is in crisis and explains how the higher education experience of Finland should be used as a blueprint for improving outcomes in Australia.
Vocational and university education in Australia and Nordic countries - Report for roundtable discussion at the Embassy of Finland Canberra
by Ebony Bennett
[Originally published in The Canberra Times, 01 June 2019]
I come not to bury polls, but to praise them. While everyone - including the polling companies it seems - was shocked by the election results, the media and the public are learning the same lessons that political parties have had to. And it's a hard one: polling is just a tool.
New income distributional analysis from The Australia Institute senior economist Matt Grudnoff shows the Morrison Government’s proposed Stage 3(a) income tax cuts announced in the 2019-20 Federal Budget, to come into effect 2024-25, will overwhelmingly benefit high-income earners with over 50% of the benefit going to the top 20% of taxpayers, while the bottom half only get 12% of the benefit, and the bottom 20% receive a mere 0.2%.
by Richard Denniss
[Originally Published on Guardian Australia, 29 May 2019]
While Australian political debate has never seemed more sharply divided, the philosophical lines between left and right have never seemed more blurred.
by Ebony Bennett
[Originally published in the Canberra Times, 17 May 2019]
Bob Hawke is perhaps credited most often for his economic reforms, but he also leaves a tremendous legacy of protecting Earth's wilderness.
Without Bob Hawke, Antarctica would be a quarry, Tasmania's iconic Franklin River would be flooded and Queensland's Daintree rainforest would be a timber plantation.
As the world grapples with the urgent threat of global warming, it's worth reflecting on Hawke's environmental legacy in particular.