Productivity Commission

The government’s biggest challenge? Avoiding a recession

For six months, the Australian economy has been growing at an annualised pace of just 1% – way, way short of its potential. Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg were elected to manage the economy, and that means doing whatever is needed to avoid a recession and the long-term damage to lives and living standards it would deliver. Read More

Flooded with criticism, MDBA finds a small island of common ground

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority says the recent South Australian royal commission produced some “useful analysis and insights” and notes a few “areas of agreement” in its formal response, but argues it would be too risky for governments to follow the inquiry’s main recommendations. Read More

If data is for good, then trust is king

The volume of data globally has created widespread opportunities to harness its economic and social value raising policy issues such as privacy protection, innovation and consumer policy. Read More