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Everything you need to know about Australian public policy in just 20 minutes.

Grattan Institute is dedicated to developing high quality public policy for Australia’s future. Our podcasts cover a range of public policy topics focusing on the main issues facing Australia.

Our podcasts concentrate on budget policy, economic growth, energy, health, institutional reform, household finances, school education, transport and cities.

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Everything you need to know about Australian public policy in just 20 minutes.

Grattan Institute is dedicated to developing high quality public policy for Australia’s future. Our podcasts cover a range of public policy topics focusing on the main issues facing Australia.

Our podcasts concentrate on budget policy, economic growth, energy, health, institutional reform, household finances, school education, transport and cities.

    How to offset carbon emissions in Australia

    How to offset carbon emissions in Australia

    Net zero emissions. It’s the target everyone is talking about, from the Federal Government, to foreign governments, and from boardrooms to broadsheets.

    Although achieving net zero emissions globally is essential for limiting climate change, the target and how we get there are not very well understood. And one of the most contentious issues is offsetting: can we really pay others to reduce their emissions, or pay to suck carbon out of the atmosphere, to balance out our own emissions?

    Join Tony Wood, the Director of Grattan’s Energy and Climate Change Program, and Alison Reeve, Deputy Director, as they discuss their latest net zero report with co-author, James Ha, Associate.

    • 23 min
    How the agriculture sector can reduce emissions

    How the agriculture sector can reduce emissions

    In 2019, the agriculture sector was responsible for 15% of Australia's carbon emissions. But how do you take action in a sector where most emissions come from animals like cows and sheep?

    It's also a sector which is vulnerable to climate change. Changes in rainfall patterns, threats of heatwaves and bushfires, all threaten the livelihoods of farmers.

    Join Kat Clay, Head of Digital Communications, discussing the third report in Grattan's series on how Australia can reach net zero, with Tony Wood, Energy and Climate Change Program Director, and James Ha, Associate.

    To read the report in discussion visit: https://grattan.edu.au/report/towards-net-zero-practical-policies-to-reduce-agricultural-emissions/

    • 22 min
    Why the Reserve Bank of Australia should be reviewed

    Why the Reserve Bank of Australia should be reviewed

    Most Australians wouldn’t have given too much thought to the Reserve Bank of Australia.

    Apart from when it changes official interest rates following its monthly meetings, the role and importance of the RBA, and its governor Phil Lowe, is little understood or even acknowledged.

    But the Reserve Bank is now facing rare criticisms by leading economists for not having met its core targets for nearly a decade.

    And this week, international think tank the OECD has called for a review of the RBA. A call since endorsed by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who said he’d consider a review after the next election.

    And with the Federal ALP previously calling for an independent review of the Reserve Bank in April, it’s increasingly likely the RBA will next year face its first independent review in 40 years.

    Watch Brendan Coates, Economic Policy Program Director, discuss the role of the RBA and whether it should be reviewed with Kat Clay, Head of Digital Communication.

    For more information, visit: https://grattan.edu.au/

    • 20 min
    How we can protect children from COVID

    How we can protect children from COVID

    Children aged 12 and over will be eligible for vaccination from September 13. While this is great news for parents with children over 12, it’s left many parents of young children concerned. After all, what happens to unvaccinated kids when we open up? And when they go back to school and childcare, is there a plan for managing the inevitable outbreaks?

    Jordana Hunter, Education Program Director, and Anika Stobart, Associate with Grattan’s health program, answer some of the most common questions about children and COVID in the latest podcast with Kat Clay, Head of Digital Communications.

    For more information, visit: https://grattan.edu.au/

    • 23 min
    Why the federal government should boost paid parental leave for fathers and partners

    Why the federal government should boost paid parental leave for fathers and partners

    On Sunday, Dads across Australia were celebrated by their families for Father’s Day – whether in-person or virtually. But for new dads, Australia has one of the least generous parental leave schemes in the developed world. And Australian fathers have been reluctant to access what little leave is available to them.

    To coincide with Father’s Day, the Grattan team has released a new report – Dad Days: how more gender-equal parental leave would improve the lives of Australian families. Discussing their report is Danielle Wood, CEO, and Owain Emslie, Senior Associate, with Kat Clay, Head of Digital Communications.

    • 20 min
    What's going on with Australia's vaccine rollout?

    What's going on with Australia's vaccine rollout?

    With NSW and Victoria in lockdown, cases rising every day, protesters clashing in the streets, and Delta reaching our most vulnerable remote communities, you might be feeling that the only light at the end of the tunnel is the successful vaccination rollout to Australia.

    But even the modelling around vaccinations is fraught with differing opinions. At what point should Australia open up? 70% vaccination rate? 80%? Should we even come out of lockdowns if we reach these targets?

    Listen to Stephen Duckett, Health and Aged Care Program Director in conversation with Kat Clay, Head of Digital Communications, about what’s going on with Australia’s vaccine rollout.

    For more information, visit: https://grattan.edu.au/

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 Ratings

colsy wolsy ,

Gridlock

A very good discussion about what needs to be done to improve governance. So interesting, the comparison between 1980/90’s policy reform and last decade and what can be done to improve it. To start with a Federal icac with “teeth” may be too much of a stretch with the present major parties. Yes I think the key maybe more competent Independents!!

@agroasx ,

Brilliant

Very informative, interesting and relevant to today’s society. One of the best podcasts worth listening to. Keep up the great work!

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A fantastic broadcast of subject matter expert opinions on policy areas affecting you, your local environment, the nation and the world.

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