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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.

    Should we be worried about inflation?

    Should we be worried about inflation?

    After years where inflation has been low and stable, suddenly there’s lots of talk about inflation. But how worried should we be? And what does it mean for the Australian economy, for interest rates and for Australian workers’ wages?

    Join Brendan Coates, Economic Policy Program Director, Alex Ballantyne, Senior Associate, and Kat Clay, Head of Digital Communications, as they tackle whether or not we should be worried about inflation.

    • 26 min
    COP26: what went down, and what it means for Australia

    COP26: what went down, and what it means for Australia

    At COP26, 197 countries signed the Glasgow climate pact, which aims to phase down unabated coal power throughout the world. Find out what happened at COP26 and the impact these decisions will have on Australian climate policy, in a conversation with Tony Wood, Energy and Climate Change Program Director, Alison Reeve, Deputy Program Director, and James Ha, Associate.

    Read the Towards Net Zero report series: https://grattan.edu.au/towards-net-zero/

    • 34 min
    Net zero: where to start?

    Net zero: where to start?

    Last week, the Federal Government released their plan to meet Australia’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. It’s a major breakthrough in Australia’s climate war, but is it enough?

    Just in time for the Glasgow climate conference COP26, Grattan’s climate change and energy team have released the last report in their report series, Towards net zero: A practical plan for Australia's governments.

    On this podcast are Alison Reeve, Deputy Program Director, and James Ha, Associate, and Kat Clay, Head of Digital Communications, discussing where Australia’s governments should start in the quest for net zero.

    To read the report series visit: https://grattan.edu.au/towards-net-zero/

    • 33 min
    Why the Federal Government needs to introduce an emissions ceiling on new cars

    Why the Federal Government needs to introduce an emissions ceiling on new cars

    Australians have a passionate love affair with cars. We use them to travel this vast and wide country, to visit friends and family, and carry our tools. Not to mention, do burnouts.

    But cars and their by-products also have a detrimental effect on our environment, health and wellbeing. And reducing our emissions from cars is just one of the puzzle pieces in reaching net zero by 2050.

    So, what policies can government put in place to make sure Australians can continue to enjoy cars, while reducing the negative social and environmental effects?

    To hear about their new report, The Grattan car plan: practical policies for cleaner transport and better cities, join Ingrid Burfurd, Senior Associate, and Lachlan Fox, Graduate Associate, with Kat Clay, Head of Digital Communications, on the Grattan podcast.

    • 25 min
    Why it's about to get harder to borrow for a mortgage

    Why it's about to get harder to borrow for a mortgage

    Earlier this month, The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, or APRA for short, wrote to home loan lenders across the country to recommend strengthening mortgage lending assessments.

    The reason for this? The explosive and rapid increase in housing prices due to extended lockdowns and low-interest rates, and a rapid growth in bank lending to buy them. Households are borrowing more money than ever to reach the extraordinary prices needed to secure a home.

    But is this the right move? Who does it help and who does it hurt? And will it be enough to restrain a market that doesn’t show signs of slowing down any time soon. Or are there more changes yet to come?

    Join Kat Clay, Grattan's Head of Digital Communications, in conversation with Brendan Coates, on how to rein in property prices in Australia, and whether we should.

    • 25 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
123 Ratings

123 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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