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News articles written on a variety of Commission reports.

Working from home: What’s next?

21 Oct 2021

If an alien came to Earth, what would they make of the daily commute? Millions of people getting up each day, going from one building to another in the morning, then doing the opposite at night.

Australia has fewer criminal offenders but more people in prisons

12 Nov 2021

The past 40 years has seen a steady rise in the level of imprisonment in Australia and the imprisonment rate is at the highest level in a century. How do we explain this?

SME lending transformation

11 Oct 2021

Productivity Commission research shows a lending market being transformed, as demand for unsecured credit prompts a raft of new providers and products. Innovative lenders with new business models are using technology and data to identify creditworthy applicants.

Our trade fortunes rely less on China than you think

07 Sep 2021

The stress test created by Beijing’s 2020 tariffs and bans reveals significant facts about the make-up and nature of Australia’s foreign trade.

Targeted texts and peer support: how smarter health care can cut costs and help Australians with chronic conditions

21 Apr 2021

Creating a culture of innovation and sharing best practice throughout our health system will benefit the growing number of Australians living with chronic health conditions.

Why is a good idea so hard to do? - Integrating urban water

19 Mar 2020

Our major cities are facing considerable water challenges in the future. Significant population growth will increase demand for services whilst climate change is likely to reduce water availability in most areas.

Should everyone go to university?

26 Jun 2019

Right now the government caps university places. But until 2017 universities could accept as many students as they liked and the government provided funding for all of these places. It was called the ‘demand driven system’ and it started in 2010.

Better functioning towns and cities

23 Feb 2018

The overwhelming majority of Australians live and work in cities... so how cities operate now and in the future is integral to both the quality of people’s lives and national prosperity.

Skin in the game – education and workforce

12 Feb 2018

The skills needed for well-paid jobs change just like everything else. So does Australia have the right system in place? One that will meet the needs of both employees’ and employers’?

Healthier Australians

18 Jan 2018

While on many measures, the Australian health system is very good compared with health care systems in many other countries, this is not true across the board. There is significant potential for improvement.

PC News

08 Feb 2017

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