What can the PM do right now to address issues impacting women? Eliza Littleton, research economist at the Australia Institute, takes a look.

When it comes to addressing the systemic issues which are impacting Australian women’s everyday lives, it often feels like the problems are big and impossible to tackle.

However, tackling any big problem is easiest piece by piece, so here are eight things Prime Minister Scott Morrison can do right now if he wants to show he is serious about addressing some of the issues that impact women the most.

The PM can address the superannuation gap for women right now by abolishing the $450 per month minimum threshold on superannuation contributions and compensate those who undertake unpaid caring work.

Women…


Formula E is an all-electric motorsport series, similar to Formula 1, which has grown in popularity since its inaugural championship in 2014. Adelaide has repeatedly been suggested as a potential host city for the event in Australia and we at The Australia Institute think it’s time to make it official.

Here are 10 reasons why Adelaide should become a Formula E host city.

Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) and Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH), Diriyah E-Prix — Credit: Courtesy of Formula E

1 // South Australia is the renewable energy powerhouse of Australia

Last year South Australia secured 60% of its electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, making the state a world-leading renewable energy powerhouse. That…


Google and Facebook have stepped up their resistance to the Australian Government’s News Media Bargaining Code, which would require the tech giants to pay for the news content they use, with Facebook even removing news from its platform altogether.

Here are 9 reasons why the News Media Bargaining Code is essential:

Image: AAP

1/ Google isn’t making helpful ‘recommendations’ — it’s making a profit

You may have seen (probably via carefully targeted Google promotion) a video message from Google Australia’s Managing Director, Melanie Silva, that likens Google Search having to pay to link to original news content, to you having to pay…


Inflation has been outside the Reserve Bank’s target range of 2–3 percent, has the RBA lost control?

Governor of the RBA, Philip Lowe at the National Press Club

At the Press Club on Wednesday the Governor of the RBA, Philip Lowe, said it was highly likely that inflation would remain below two per cent until at least 2024. If this is true, then inflation will have been outside the RBA’s target range of 2–3 per cent for eight years.

Does this mean the RBA has lost control of inflation? You can bet that would be the story if inflation was running at 4 per cent.

The Governor of the RBA and the Commonwealth Treasurer have a formal agreement on an inflation target. This target is “for monetary policy…


A Secret Australia: Revealed By Wikileaks Exposés

In Australia, we’ve seen a concerning trend where public interest journalism and whistleblowers have become increasingly threatened by criminal prosecution. Indeed, it seems the Australian Federal Government can be far more concerned with prosecuting journalists and whistleblowers than prosecuting the people who have committed the crimes, maladministration and corruption that the journalists helped to uncover.

Jennifer Robinson, barrister and part of the legal team acting for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks since 2010, and Peter Cronau, investigative journalist & producer of ABC’s Four Corners, joined the Australia Institute in December 2020 to discuss: A Secret Australia: Revealed By Wikileaks Exposés.


Matt Kean, NSW Minister for Energy and Environment joined the Australia Institute to launch their Climate of the Nation 2020 report — the longest continuous survey of community attitudes towards climate change in Australia.

Image via RenewEconomy

In the wake of the devastating Black Summer bushfires, an overwhelming majority of Australians said they are concerned about climate change resulting in more bushfires.

The results of the Australia Institute’s Climate of the Nation 2020 report came as no surprise to NSW Minister for Energy and Environment, Matt Kean, who wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald:

“The release of the Australia Institute’s Climate of the Nation Report 2020 should put an end to the pointless, backward-looking arguments about taking action on climate change.”

Listen to the full conversation with Minister Kean who joined Richie Merzian, director of the Australia…


In her gripping Quarterly Essay, Guardian Australia’s political editor Katharine Murphy goes behind the scenes to tell the story of the response to the crisis.

The Australia Institute was joined by Katharine Murphy to discuss her essay, and provide her insight and expertise into the man and leader that is Prime Minister Scott Morrison, his blend of pragmatism and faith, and what the events of the year revealed.

Over the course of 2020, Scott Morrison and his government found themselves navigating Australia first through a bushfire crisis, then a global pandemic. As the events of the year unfolded, Katharine Murphy remarked that Scott Morrison is “both a slow learner and a fast learner”.

James Ross/AFP

At the start of 2020, Australia stood witness as Scott Morrison…


In this episode of Follow the Money, Laura Tingle, chief political correspondent for the ABC’s 7.30 discusses what Australia can learn from New Zealand; how both countries have been governed and the different way each has dealt with its colonial legacy.

With a number of parallels between Australia and New Zealand presently and historically, in this special summer episode of Follow the Money, listen to Laura Tingle talk about what these two countries can learn from each other. Starting at the heart of decision making, Government.

New Zealand has a mixed-member proportional (MMP) electoral system, where voters have a party and an electorate vote. Party votes dictate the proportion of seats in Parliament that each party has.

The consequence of this is that New Zealand’s political parties are much more likely to require a coalition agreement to form Government.

“Everybody…


Here’s a list of apps that Australia Institute staff and our friends have been using and recommend.

Radio Paradise is a non-commercial listener-supported Internet radio station that helped to redefine the radio station for the internet era. It is known for high-quality audio streams and curated playlists.

Radio Paradise broadcasts commercial-free music mixes that blend many styles and genres of music, carefully selected and mixed by two real human beings, and presented in ultra high fidelity sound.


As the year draws to a close, the Australia Institute team has compiled a list of essential reads looking at the big issues and big ideas that helped shape 2020

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