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Synopsis

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, but also go more broadly on occasion.

Episodes

  • Fast train fever: Why renovated rail might work but bullet trains won’t

    Fast train fever: Why renovated rail might work but bullet trains won’t

    24/05/2020 Duration: 30min

    Australia should dump the decades-old dream of building a bullet train from Brisbane to Melbourne via Sydney and Canberra, and we should be wary of expensive promises to upgrade regional rail to ease population pressures on our major capitals and boost struggling regional cities and towns. Listen to Greg Moran, Senior Associate, and Tom Crowley, Associate, discuss the latest Grattan Report, Fast train fever: Why renovated rail might work but bullet trains won’t. Hosted by Kat Clay, Head of Digital Communications. You can read the report in discussion here: https://grattan.edu.au/report/fast-train-fever/

  • COVID-19: What does the new normal look like?

    COVID-19: What does the new normal look like?

    15/05/2020 Duration: 27min

    There's no doubt that COVID-19 has changed our lives forever. After two months of hibernation in Australia, states are slowly beginning to loosen restrictions. We've heard the term the 'new normal' over and over again. But what does the new normal look like? In this Grattan Institute podcast, Dr Hal Swerissen, Visiting Fellow, discusses what life looks like after lockdown with Kat Clay, Head of Digital Communications. You can read the articles mentioned in the podcast here: The New Normal: How we'll live with COVID-19: https://grattan.edu.au/news/the-new-normal-how-well-live-with-covid-19/ New data shows Australians embrace physical distancing: https://grattan.edu.au/news/new-data-shows-australians-embrace-physical-distancing/

  • Start with steel: A practical plan to support carbon workers and cut emissions

    Start with steel: A practical plan to support carbon workers and cut emissions

    10/05/2020 Duration: 28min

    Investing in ‘green’ steel could create 25,000 local manufacturing jobs, a multi-billion-dollar industry and cut emissions in Australia. It’s a win-win-win. Listen to Tony Wood, Energy Program Director, Guy Dundas, Fellow, and Paul Austin, Editor, discuss Grattan Institute’s latest report, Start with steel: A practical plan to support carbon workers and cut emissions. To read the report in discussion on the podcast, visit: https://grattan.edu.au/report/start-with-steel/

  • Planning for recovery: Australia after the pandemic - Webinar recording

    Planning for recovery: Australia after the pandemic - Webinar recording

    30/04/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    Australia has done better than most countries in limiting the spread of COVID-19. The health crisis is not over, but attention is now turning to the ‘road out’ of the economic shutdown. There are lots of uncertainties. What are the costs of relaxing too late – or too early? Should schools be reopened, and under what conditions? What parts of the economy should be taken out of lockdown, in what order, and with what changes? How much should we prioritise restoring social activities? Well before governments imposed restrictions, many people started spatial distancing. Irrespective of what governments permit, recovery depends on whether individuals choose to go back to work and to resume social activities. As with the COVIDsafe app, much depends on whether governments can win back public trust. In this Grattan Webinar recording, a panel of policy experts provided perspective on these questions, and nominate Australia’s best strategy from here. Featuring John Daley, Marion Terrill, Stephen Duckett, Brendan Coat

  • Shutdown: estimating the COVID-19 employment shock

    Shutdown: estimating the COVID-19 employment shock

    20/04/2020 Duration: 30min

    Between 14 and 26 per cent of Australian workers could be out of work as a direct result of the coronavirus shutdown, and the crisis will have an enduring impact on jobs and the economy for years to come. Listen to Brendan Coates, Grattan's Household Finances Program Director, in discussion with Matt Cowgill, Senior Associate, and Paul Austin, Editor, about the impact of the COVID-19 shutdown and what policies could help support Australians through the crisis. You can read the working paper in discussion on our website: https://grattan.edu.au/report/shutdown-estimating-the-covid-19-employment-shock/

  • COVID-19: Your Questions Answered - Webinar recording

    COVID-19: Your Questions Answered - Webinar recording

    09/04/2020 Duration: 01h37s

    The COVID-19 crisis is having an impact on every aspect of our lives: our health and wellbeing, our jobs and recreations, our personal finances and relationships, our children’s education and prospects. Governments have rarely been under such stress as they seek to balance protecting public health with ensuring economic survival. How can we recover from the loss of lives, livelihoods, and our very way of life? What sort of society will we be left with when the crisis is over? In this Grattan Webinar, a panel of policy experts provided their perspectives on the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19. Speakers: John Daley Danielle Wood Brendan Coates Stephen Duckett Moderator Paul Austin

  • COVID-19: the challenges of online schooling

    COVID-19: the challenges of online schooling

    30/03/2020 Duration: 18min

    Will our children be able to cope during this stressful time? Will they be able to learn if they are forced to do online schooling for weeks, months, or even the rest of the year? Listen to informed analysis and advice from our Education Fellow, Julie Sonnemann. With host Paul Austin. To read the article discussed in the podcast, visit our website: https://grattan.edu.au/news/disadvantaged-students-will-be-hit-hardest-by-the-enforced-move-to-online-schooling/

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

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

    27/03/2020 Duration: 01h01s

    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

  • Coronavirus and Australias healthcare system

    Coronavirus and Australia's healthcare system

    13/03/2020 Duration: 23min

    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/

  • Tackling Melbourne’s Congestion – Event recording

    Tackling Melbourne’s Congestion – Event recording

    11/03/2020 Duration: 01h16min

    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

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

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

    01/03/2020 Duration: 40min

    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/

  • How coronavirus is affecting the Australian economy

    How coronavirus is affecting the Australian economy

    24/02/2020 Duration: 29min

    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/

  • Dark money: How to reform Australias political donations system

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

    17/02/2020 Duration: 18min

    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/

  • Top teachers: sharing expertise to improve teaching

    Top teachers: sharing expertise to improve teaching

    09/02/2020 Duration: 33min

    A new career path for expert teachers could transform Australian schools and boost student learning by 18 months by the time they turn 15. Listen to Peter Goss, School Education Program Director, and Julie Sonnemann, School Education Fellow, discuss their new report, Top teachers: sharing expertise to improve teaching. Hosted by Paul Austin. You can read the report on our website: https://grattan.edu.au/report/top-teachers/

  • Do increases in superannuation come out of wages?

    Do increases in superannuation come out of wages?

    02/02/2020 Duration: 19min

    It’s a common assumption that compulsory superannuation comes out of workers’ wages. But is it true? With compulsory super set to rise from 9.5 percent to 12 percent by July 2025, it’s timely to ask who is going to foot the bill. Employers or employees? And what does this mean for your future salary? Listen to Brendan Coates, Household Finances Program Director, and Matt Cowgill, Senior Associate discuss their latest working paper No Free Lunch: Higher superannuation means lower wages. You can read the working paper in discussion on our website: https://grattan.edu.au/report/no-free-lunch/

  • Could the bushfire crisis be the turning point for climate policy in Australia?

    Could the bushfire crisis be the turning point for climate policy in Australia?

    24/01/2020 Duration: 31min

    Dozens of lives have been lost and homes destroyed due to the Australian bushfires. In the midst of the tragedy, a big question arises. Might the summer of 2020 be a turning point in climate politics and policy in Australia? Grattan Institute CEO John Daley and Senior Associate Emily Millane discuss how major crises can lead to dramatic policy changes, and the economic cost of inaction on climate change. Hosted by Paul Austin, Grattan Institute editor. You can read the article in discussion on the Grattan Institute website: https://grattan.edu.au/news/might-the-bushfire-crisis-be-the-turning-point-on-climate-politics-australian-needs/

  • Energy Futures: Hydrogen, worth the hype?

    Energy Futures: Hydrogen, worth the hype?

    09/01/2020 Duration: 01h20min

    Hydrogen is now surging to the top of the global decarbonisation agenda. Australia’s competitive advantages, including local expertise and infrastructure, proximity to Asian markets, and abundance of renewable energy, could mean we become a globally significant player through hydrogen exports, with important domestic spill-over benefits. The dual objectives of the strategy are to build a clean, innovative and competitive hydrogen industry, and to position Australia’s hydrogen industry as a major global player by 2030. Listen to Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO discuss the hydrogen strategy at the Energy Futures forum, co-hosted by the Grattan Institute and the Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI). Dr Finkel's presentation is followed by a panel discussion with Grattan Institute’s Energy Program Director Tony Wood and MEI’s Hydrogen and Clean Fuels Program Leader Prof. Paul Webley, moderated by Prof. Sandra Kentish, Head of the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at The University of Mel

  • Can private health insurance be saved from the jaws of death? Canberra event recording

    Can private health insurance be saved from the jaws of death? Canberra event recording

    12/12/2019 Duration: 01h07min

    Private health insurance has changed dramatically over the past few decades, and young and healthy people are dropping out (or not joining). Something has to change. Can we cut private hospital costs? Can we stem the flow of surprise bills from greedy doctors? Will that be enough to save private health insurance? Listen to Stephen Duckett, Grattan Institute Health Program Director, and Jo Root, Policy Director of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, discuss whether private health insurance can be saved from the jaws of death. To read the reports in discussion: Saving Private Health 1: https://grattan.edu.au/report/saving-private-health-1/ Saving Private Health 2: https://grattan.edu.au/report/saving-private-health-2/

  • Prime Ministers Summer Reading List 2019

    Prime Minister's Summer Reading List 2019

    08/12/2019 Duration: 01h13min

    Every year Grattan Institute selects six thought-provoking works for the Prime Minister's Summer Reading List. Our 2019 recommendations tackle wide-ranging topics, from secret ballots to cities, Tories to the Testaments. Each selection provides inspiration and warning for how to shape Australia’s future. Listen to Grattan Institute CEO John Daley in discussion with Program Director Danielle Wood about the six works at this Policy Pitch event, held in partnership with State Library Victoria. You can read the full list on our website here: https://grattan.edu.au/report/pm-summer-reading-list-2019/

  • Saving Private Health 2: Making private health insurance viable

    Saving Private Health 2: Making private health insurance viable

    04/12/2019 Duration: 23min

    The only way that private hospital insurance can survive as Australia’s population ages is to make insurance cheaper for younger, healthier people. Younger consumers are spending more on private hospital insurance but getting less value for their money. The industry faces a demographic death spiral as costs for older people rise and younger people leave. Listen to Grattan Institute's Health Program Director Stephen Duckett discuss with Kat Clay how to stop this death spiral and reform private health insurance. Read the report in discussion here: https://grattan.edu.au/report/saving-private-health-2/

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