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Policy Monographs


Policy Monographs (PM) are pieces directly commenting on government policy, new programs or legislation.

  • The Kinship Conundrum: The Impact of Aboriginal Self-Determination on Indigenous Child Protection

    Jeremy Sammut | 08 Dec 2014 | PM144

    This report argues that mainstreaming revolution in Indigenous policy should be extended to Indigenous child protection policy, and that Aboriginal exceptionalism—typified by the operation of Aboriginal...... Read More

  • An Ounce of Prevention? A Toolkit for Evaluating Preventive Health Measures

    Helen Andrews | 26 Nov 2014 | PM143

    How can a policymaker predict whether a preventive health program will save money over the long term? These eight questions will help guide any preliminary evaluation, whether the program in question involves...... Read More

  • Regulating for Quality in Childcare: The Evidence Base

    Trisha Jha | 05 Nov 2014 | PM142

    The report explores the evidence base for the recent National Quality Agenda reforms to childcare that mandate lower staff-to-child ratios and higher staff qualifications. The report finds that the benefits...... Read More

  • Complex Family Payments: What it Costs the Village to Raise a Child

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | PM141

    The report describes the family payments system (with a focus on family tax benefits and child care fee assistance) and analyses how the multiple programs overlap. It also explores how the phenomenon of...... Read More

  • Lessons from Singapore: Opt-Out Health Savings Accounts for Australia

    David Gadiel and Jeremy Sammut | 28 Jul 2014 | PM140

    Singapore’s distinctive health funding and service provision arrangements have delivered comparable First World standards of care and health outcomes at much lower cost. A new vision for funding health...... Read More

  • The Forgotten Freedom: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia

    Peter Kurti | 01 Jul 2014 | PM139

    When religious followers try to express their beliefs about topics such as same-sex marriage, they are frequently met with charges of bigotry and accusations of homophobia. Religious freedom in Australia...... Read More

  • Multiculturalism and the Fetish of Diversity

    Peter Kurti | 10 Dec 2013 | PM138

    Multiculturalism began as a response to the White Australia policy and continues to enjoy public support. But a new, ‘hard’ multiculturalism has emerged which is determined to eliminate racism. Its...... Read More

  • Overcoming Governance and Cost Challenges for Australian Public Hospitals: The Foundation Trust Alternative

    Jeremy Sammut and Peter Phelan | 13 Oct 2013 | PM137

    Adapting the UK Foundation Hospital Trust governance and management model to the Australian health system can improve the productivity and financial sustainability of public hospitals in conjunction with...... Read More

  • Not Looking for Work: The Rise of Non-Jobseekers on Unemployment Benefits

    Andrew Baker | 31 Jul 2013 | PM136

    Following the global financial crisis, the incumbent Labor government introduced policies that reduced the job search requirements for people on unemployment benefits. As a result, there are now around...... Read More

  • A Fair Go: Fact or Fiction?

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 09 May 2013 | PM135

    The Australian ideal of a fair go is fact rather than fiction. By offering all individuals the opportunity to capitalise on their ambition and natural ability, Australia’s dynamic and socially mobile...... Read More

  • Panacea to Prison? Justice Reinvestment in Indigenous Communities

    Sara Hudson | 31 Jan 2013 | PM134

    High Indigenous incarceration has elicited a long list of so-called solutions over the years. Yet the percentage of Aboriginal people in custody has continued to rise, and is now nearly double what it...... Read More

  • Back to the Bad Old Days? Industrial Relations Reform in Australia

    Alexander Philipatos | 06 Dec 2012 | PM133

    Has the Fair Work Act thrown industrial relations back to ‘the bad old days?’ This report analyses the changes in industrial relations reform over the past 20 years and assesses the role in which each...... Read More

  • Compulsory Super at 20: ‘Libertarian Paternalism’ Without the Libertarianism

    Stephen Kirchner | 25 Nov 2012 | PM132

    Examines the economic case for compulsory superannuation contributions and questions whether compulsory super is the most effective way of promoting household and national saving and reducing future demands...... Read More

  • The New Leviathan: A National Disability Insurance Scheme

    Andrew Baker | 15 Nov 2012 | PM131

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been touted as the biggest social reform since Medicare. Currently, there is only a naive understanding of the scheme. This report makes the case that...... Read More

  • Future Submarine Project Should Raise Periscope for Another Look

    Simon Cowan | 24 Oct 2012 | PM130

    Australia should not spend $40 billion to repeat the mistakes of the Collins Class submarine. Nuclear submarines, such as the US Navy’s Virginia Class submarine, would provide a much greater capability...... Read More

  • How the NSW Coalition Should Govern Health: Strategies for Microeconomic Reform

    David Gadiel and Jeremy Sammut | 11 Jul 2012 | PM128

    In an ever-tightening fiscal environment, the focus of NSW health policy must be the microeconomic reform of the rigid, public service monopoly model of public hospital care. The adoption of market or...... Read More

  • Indigenous Education 2012

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 and Mark Hughes | 27 Jun 2012 | PM129

    Indigenous Education 2012 reviews the lack of progress by states and territories in improving Indigenous literacy and numeracy. It examines causes of Indigenous students’ success and failure, and the...... Read More

  • Charlatan Training: How Aboriginal Health Workers Are Being Short-changed

    Sara Hudson | 21 Mar 2012 | PM127

    Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) have been short changed. They have not only been provided with charlatan training but also sold a charlatan role. The amount of training they receive does not match the...... Read More

  • Future Funds or Future Eaters? The Case Against a Sovereign Wealth Fund for Australia

    Robert Carling and Stephen Kirchner | 20 Feb 2012 | PM126

    This paper considers the arguments for and against greater use of a sovereign wealth fund in Australia. It argues that the existing Future Fund is unnecessary and that greater use of a sovereign wealth...... Read More

  • Price Drivers: Five Case Studies in How Government is Making Australia Unaffordable

    Oliver Marc Hartwich and Rebecca Gill | 14 Dec 2011 | PM125

    Government influences price levels in more ways than is immediately apparent. Through its direct and indirect interventions in the market, government is one of the most important price drivers in Australia...... Read More