Science before politics crucial in climate change fight

by Ebony Bennett

Just as the recent economic policy debate about tax breaks for multimillionaire superannuants has been overshadowed by sensationalist tabloid journalism (instead of what constitutes a dignified retirement), now the debate about climate policy risks being dominated by history wars and partisan politics – instead of what the science has been telling us for decades. So

Interest Rates are Sky-High, Who’s to Blame?

featuring Greg Jericho and Ebony Bennett

Australians are doing it tough at the moment, with cost of living soaring, real wages falling at a record pace, and the RBA’s nine back-to-back interest rate rises only making things harder, all in the name of reducing inflation. Some commentators are warning of a ‘wage price spiral’. But what is really driving inflation? This

February 2023

How to Not Waste $300 Billion

featuring Ebony Bennett and Greg Jericho

The new ‘Build Your Own Budget’ tool released by the Parliamentary Budget Office reveals that despite how all-or-nothing the debate about the Stage 3 tax cuts has become, the $300bn cost of the tax cuts over 9 years provides an opportunity for the Albanese government to amend the tax cuts and also increase support for

We Agree with the IMF & Rishi Sunak

by Ebony Bennett

If the Albanese Government were looking for some political cover to remove the chokehold of the $254 billion Stage 3 income tax cuts on the Budget, it could do worse than look to the International Monetary Fund’s latest advice. As millions of Australians struggle to make ends meet due to cost of living increases, the

Nordic Model Shows Subsidies Support Media Diversity

by Ebony Bennett

Nordic models of providing subsidies to the media help support media diversity and public interest journalism and should be considered as part of the Albanese government’s commitments to review and improve media policy, according to a new report from the Nordic Policy Centre at the Australia Institute. Key findings: Norway’s direct ‘press support’ subsidies for

January 2023

Summer Series – Offsetting Us Up To Fail: The myths of ‘nature markets’ explained [Webinar]

featuring Ebony Bennett, Richard Denniss and Polly Hemming

Our summer podcast series brings you some of the best conversations from our webinars in 2022. Australian governments have committed to tackling the twin climate and biodiversity crises but continue to subsidise and approve fossil fuels and habitat destruction. While simple policy solutions exist, governments are instead relying on over-complicated market-based solutions to conceal the

Summer Series – Pulling the Climate trigger: Environment Laws Fit for a Crisis [Webinar]

featuring Ebony Bennett and Richie Merzian

Our summer podcast series brings you some of the best conversations from our webinars in 2022. Last year, the Greens introduced a bill to establish a ‘climate trigger’ in Australia’s environment laws which would force the government to take into account the climate impacts of fossil fuel projects. This was recorded on Wednesday 21st September

Summer Series – Regional Climate Diplomacy Forum 2022 [Webinar]

featuring Ebony Bennett and Richie Merzian

Our summer podcast series brings you some of the best conversations from our webinars in 2022. Pacific Island nations are on the front line of climate change, and as Australia celebrates the passage of the 43% climate bill, Pacific leaders want to know that the new Australian Government’s improved rhetoric on climate is matched by

Summer Series – The Integrity Election [Webinar]

featuring Ebony Bennett, Ben Oquist and Bill Browne

Our summer podcast series brings you some of the best conversations from our webinars in 2022. The Federal Election earlier this year was considered by many to be the Integrity Election, with many including the Teal independents campaigning on integrity issues, including a federal anti-corruption commission. In retrospect, these issues won many new seats, and

December 2022

Summer Series – Joseph Stiglitz: The Role of Government in the Modern Economy [Webinar]

featuring Ebony Bennett and Richard Denniss

Our summer podcast series brings you some of the best conversations from our webinars in 2022. Earlier in the year the Australia Institute hosted Nobel Laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz for a speaking tour of Australia. In this episode he, Richard, and Ebony discussed the need to expand the role of governments, unions, and civil society.

Summer Series – Lone Wolf: Albanese and the New Politics with Katharine Murphy [Webinar]

featuring Ebony Bennett

Our summer podcast series brings you some of the best conversations from our webinars in 2022. A prime minister in the making, and a nation on the move. In Lone Wolf, Katharine Murphy offers a new portrait of Anthony Albanese. She reveals a leaderwho has always had to think three steps ahead, who was an insurgent for

Gas Companies have themselves to blame

by Ebony Bennett in Canberra Times

Like Ebenezer Scrooge visiting the site of his neglected gravestone with the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Australia’s gas industry has realised it has so comprehensively screwed Australians over with its greed that few will mourn its passing. It’s hard to overstate just how badly gas companies and governments have botched the management of

End of Year Wrap-Up! 2022

featuring Ebony Bennett

It goes without saying, but 2022 was a hell of a year, from war in Europe, to a federal election, two state elections, two budgets, and the death of Queen Elizbeth. To refresh your memories, Ebony is taking a look back at the year, and all the chaos and progress it brought. This was recorded

Shining a Light on Cronyism

featuring Ebony Bennett, Bill Browne and Deb Wilkinson

A report from the Australia Institute’s Democracy & Accountability Program represents the largest and most comprehensive domestic study of the practice of cronyism in relation to appointments to a government agency ever conducted in Australia. This was recorded on Wednesday 12th October 2022 and things may have changed since recording. The Australia Institute // @theausinstitute

November 2022

October 2022

Where’s the middle (income)?

featuring Ebony Bennett, Eliza Littleton and Matt Grudnoff

As pressure builds for the Albanese government to scrap the promised Stage Three tax cuts, discussion has shifted around who would lose out. The Australian said it would mean “2.5 million middle income Australians will pay thousands of dollars in additional tax,” but describes middle income Australians as individuals earning between $120,000 and $160,000 a

Regional Climate Diplomacy Forum 2022 [Webinar]

featuring Ebony Bennett and Richie Merzian

Pacific Island nations are on the front line of climate change, and as Australia celebrates the passage of the 43% climate bill, Pacific leaders want to know that the new Australian Government’s improved rhetoric on climate is matched by policy integrity when it comes to new gas and coal projects and exports. Join Their Excellencies

September 2022

A NACC for Integrity

featuring Ebony Bennett and Bill Browne

The Federal Government recently tabled legislation to establish a National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), a long overdue measure to help restore trust in politics and democracy. The bill is not without criticism however, there are concerns that the threshold for holding public hearings is unreasonably high. This was recorded on Thursday 29th September 2022 and things

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