Publications

What Are We Complaining About? An Analysis of Cost of Living Pressures

What Are We Complaining About? An Analysis of Cost of Living Pressures

Are most Australians really ‘doing it tough’? In response to the widely-held notion that we are all suffering from cost of living pressures, CPD fellow Ian McAuley undertakes a thorough review of the evidence....

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Private Health Insurance: High in cost and low in equity | OCCASIONAL PAPER

Government proposals to apply a means test to private health insurance subsidies have re-ignited the debate about the role of private insurance. Download the new CPD discussion paper ‘Private Health Insurance: High in cost...

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Stocking Up: Securing Our Marine Economy | LANDMARK REPORT

Introducing CPD’s first major Sustainable Economy Report: Our oceans are often out of sight, but that doesn’t mean they should be out of mind. Australia is surrounded by a vast wealth of oceans. We...

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A New Approach: Breaking the Stalemate on Refugees & Asylum Seekers | LANDMARK REPORT

CPD has released A new approach: breaking the stalemate on refugees & asylum seekers, a report which comprehensively critiques Australia’s refugee and asylum policies and finds they are inhumane, ineffective and expensive. DOWNLOAD the full...

The State of the Australian Public Service: An Alternative Report | LANDMARK REPORT

The Centre for Policy Development releases The State of the Australian Public Service: An Alternative Report, as part of our Public Service program. DOWNLOAD the report The State of the Australian Public Service. The report’s key...

Prominent Australians urge political leaders to break stalemate on refugees & asylum seekers

Download: A New Approach – Breaking the Stalemate on Refugees and Asylum Seekers Australia needs a circuit-breaker in our treatment of people seeking asylum from war and persecution. On the tenth anniversary of the MV...

Media ownership and regulation in Australia | Discussion paper

By Rob Harding-Smith, CPD Researcher In theory the media should diversify a nation’s democracy, serving as a channel through which many different groups can participate in national debate. Yet with the high levels of...

John Quiggin | Gillard’s Labor Has Lost Its Heritage

Wayne Swan’s Budget speech opened with a commendation of ‘this Labor budget’ and closed with an invocation of the past Labor governments which ‘managed the transition from a closed economy to an open...

Australia's Green Economic Potential

Fiona Armstrong & Laura Eadie | Innovating For A Prosperous and Secure Future

When it comes to innovation policy, the Gillard government relies heavily on hot air to hide their lightweight commitment to Australia’s long-term future. Back in February, the Prime Minister painted a vision for “a...

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John Menadue | Trampling on Human Rights is Expensive

Asylum seekers continue to suffer because of poll driven policies and their fate remains an enormous political problem for Australia. John Menadue adds up how expensive trampling on human rights really is. They find that...