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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. We aim to further the debate, sometimes by presenting controversial viewpoints. Our podcasts concentrate on the current Grattan Programs, Australian perspectives, budget policy, economic growth, energy, health, institutional reform, school education, transport and cities.

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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. We aim to further the debate, sometimes by presenting controversial viewpoints. Our podcasts concentrate on the current Grattan Programs, Australian perspectives, budget policy, economic growth, energy, health, institutional reform, school education, transport and cities.

    The economic, budgetary and health impacts of COVID-19 – Webinar recording

    The economic, budgetary and health impacts of COVID-19 – Webinar recording

    Coronavirus is the biggest crisis of our generation. Australians are fearful. The elderly are vulnerable. People are dying. Recession is almost certain. Businesses and borders are closing.

    Governments must balance protecting public health with ensuring economic survival. How can they minimise the impacts of COVID-19 on Australia? And how do we protect the most vulnerable in our community?

    In this webinar, a panel of policy experts from the Grattan Institute provided measured, informed, evidence-based perspective on the economic, budgetary and health impacts of COVID-19.

    Grattan Institute Speakers
    John Daley, CEO
    Danielle Wood, Program Director, Budget Policy and Institutional Reform
    Stephen Duckett, Program Director, Health
    Brendan Coates, Program Director, Household Finances
    Paul Austin, Editor

    • 1 hr
    Coronavirus and Australia's healthcare system

    Coronavirus and Australia's healthcare system

    Australia’s 1950s-style, GP-centric primary care model is not fit to respond to the increased prevalence of chronic disease — and now we know it’s not fit to respond to an infectious disease pandemic either. Stephen Duckett, Health Program Director, discusses how the coronavirus crisis is highlighting the cracks in the healthcare system, and what we can learn from the NHS response to the pandemic. Hosted by Paul Austin.

    The article discussed in this week's podcast is available on our website here: https://grattan.edu.au/news/coronavirus-crisis-exposes-fundamental-flaws-in-our-healthcare-system/

    • 23 min
    Tackling Melbourne’s Congestion – Event recording

    Tackling Melbourne’s Congestion – Event recording

    Plenty of people think congestion is a real problem in Melbourne, and they are right. Up until now, state governments’ main efforts to reduce congestion have been to build new roads and add new public transport services. But decades of new roads and new public transport have left us with the level of congestion we see today.

    At this Grattan Institute/State Library of Victoria Policy Pitch event, a panel of experts discussed the proposal to charge drivers a fee to drive on the busiest roads at the busiest times.

    Featuring:
    Ashleigh Cormack - Head of Cities Policy, Australia and New Zealand at Uber.
    Lauren Walker - Principal Consultant (Transport Advisory) and Project Manager at Veitch Lister Consulting
    Marion Terrill - Transport and Cities Program Director, Grattan Institute
    Paul Austin - Editor, Grattan Institute

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Balancing Act: managing the trade-offs in retirement incomes policy

    Balancing Act: managing the trade-offs in retirement incomes policy

    The retirement incomes system works well for most, but fails too many poorer Australians, especially low-income women and retirees who rent.

    Listen to Brendan Coates, Household Finances Program Director, Jonathan Nolan, Associate, and Paul Austin, Editor, unpack the complexities of retirement incomes policy.

    You can read the submission in discussion here: https://grattan.edu.au/submissions/balancing-act/

    • 40 min
    How coronavirus is affecting the Australian economy

    How coronavirus is affecting the Australian economy

    From trade to higher education, the Australian economy is feeling the effects of coronavirus. This week on the Grattan podcast, we look at what the virus has already meant for Australia, and what it may mean for Australia's future if it is not controlled, and hopefully, eliminated. Discussing this health emergency is John Daley, Grattan Institute CEO, William Mackey, Associate, and host Paul Austin.

    You can read the article in discussion on the website here: https://grattan.edu.au/news/coronavirus-could-have-a-devastating-impact-on-australias-universities/

    • 29 min
    Dark money: How to reform Australia's political donations system

    Dark money: How to reform Australia's political donations system

    Big money matters in Australian elections. Amidst a busy week in politics, with the increasing threat of coronavirus, the annual release of the federal political donations data might have slipped under your radar. Yet this data points to a very concerning underlying question: can you buy an election?

    Listen to Kate Griffiths, fellow for the Budget Policy and Institutional Reform program, in discussion with host Kat Clay, around how to reform Australia's political donations system.

    To see the charts in discussion in this podcast, visit: https://blog.grattan.edu.au/2020/02/three-things-the-new-donations-data-tell-us-about-the-2019-federal-election/

    • 18 min

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