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Brendan Coates

Brendan Coates

Fellow, Grattan Institute

Brendan is a fellow at the Grattan Institute. Before joining Grattan, Brendan worked with the World Bank in Indonesia, and prior to that, he undertook a number of roles with the Australian Treasury, including as part of the Treasury’s China Policy Unit. Brendan holds a Masters of International Development Economics from the Australian National University and Bachelors of Commerce and Arts from the University of Melbourne.

Think superannuation comes from employers' pockets? It comes from yours

Feb 03, 2020 12:17 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

A key question for the governments retirement incomes review is who ultimately pays for compulsory super contributions, especially since they are set to climb from 9.5% of wages to 12% over the next five years. Legally,...

Rudd's rental affordability scheme was a $1 billion gift to developers; Abbott was right to axe it

Sep 10, 2019 20:38 pm UTC| Insights & Views Real Estate Politics

Most Australians are spending more of their income on housing than they used to, but low-income households are being squeezed the hardest. Many are in poverty, and many more are suffering financial stress. A growing...

$20 billion per year. That's how much higher superannuation could take from wages

May 03, 2019 17:10 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Stagnant wages are a huge issue in this election campaign. So it is odd that both major parties are hanging onto a policy that will take more out of workers pockets. Lifting compulsory superannuation contributions...

Why we should worry less about retirement - and leave super at 9.5%

Nov 08, 2018 17:29 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Its conventional wisdom that Australians dont save enough for retirement. Most workers themselves think they wont have enough to retire on, and their concerns are rising. But the conventional wisdom is wrong. Our new...

Abolish stamp duty. The ACT shows the rest of us how to tax property

Nov 04, 2018 14:18 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

This week were exploring the state of nine different policy areas across Australias states, as detailed in Grattan Institutes State Orange Book 2018. Read the other articles in the series here. You might think that...

To make housing more affordable this is what state governments need to do

Oct 31, 2018 13:04 pm UTC| Insights & Views Real Estate

This week were exploring the state of nine different policy areas across Australias states, as detailed in Grattan Institutes State Orange Book 2018. Read the other articles in the series here. House prices might now be...

Super. If Labor really wanted to help women in retirement, it would do something else

Sep 24, 2018 07:41 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

When it comes to the gender gap in retirement incomes, symbolism appears to matter more than actually achieving something. Labors plan to add super contributions to government-funded parental leave was heralded by...

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Economy

The drop in GDP rankings came as South Korea posted a nominal economic growth rate of 1.4 percent in 2019

South Korea produced a nominal gross domestic product (GDP) valued at US$1.64 trillion in 2019 to rank 10th globally, down two spots from 2018. The data was based on the Organization for Economic Cooperations (OECD)...

Migrant workers make up over 90 percent of Singapore's COVID-19 cases.

Industry groups in Singapore warned that a reduction in foreign workers would have numerous implications on the economy. They were reacting to a call for a change of policies with migrant workers making up over 90...

The drop was attributed to the lockdown-generated decline in the number of outbound travelers.

Overseas card spending by South Koreans reached US$3.6 billion in the first quarter, plunging 23 percent from the $4.68 billion expenditures in the same period last year. It was the sharpest year-on-year drop in...

The country's car production plunged over 90 percent duirng the pandemic.

The French government is infusing over $8.8 billion to save the countrys car industry from huge losses brought about by the lockdowns. The countrys car production plunged over 90 percent duirng the pandemic. French...

The surge in net income was due to increased interest income

South Koreas 79 savings banks reported a combined net income of 246.3 billion in the first quarter, rising 19.4 percent year-on, according to the data from the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). The surge in net...

Politics

Joe Biden accuses Donald Trump of turning America into a ‘battlefield driven by hold resentments’

Joe Biden criticized how President Donald Trump is handling the wave of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. The former vice president believes that, instead of diffusing the situation, Trump has instead turned...

Donald Trump might deploy the military if states can’t deal with violent protesters

President Donald Trump threatened on Monday that he will use military force if states cant stop violent protests on their own. The Presidents threat came as demonstrations across the country to protest the death of George...

Donald Trump postpones in-person G7 Summit in Washington

Despite the continuous number of cases and deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, President Donald Trump is still keen on pushing for things to go back to normal. Trump announced that he has postponed...

Melania Trump faces backlash in latest Twitter update about the protests

The protests following the murder of African-American George Floyd at the hands of police officers has sparked chaos over the weekend. As First Lady Melania Trump attempted to give her thoughts on the chaos on social...

Donald Trump declares ANTIFA as a terrorist organization

In the midst of rising numbers from the coronavirus in the United States comes the unrest coming from violent protests that have occurred in a span of a few days. Following these protests, President Donald Trump has...

Science

'Graveyard of lost ships' from Roman Empire discovered by archaeologists

Throughout history, the Roman Empire was among the most famous empires to have been established. Archaeologists have recently been able to shed more light on its history upon discovering several shipwrecks in the eastern...

Archaeologists find 18th century English shipwreck off the coast of Mexico

In the 1980s, a fisherman named Manuel Polanco spotted a shipwreck off the coast of Mexico. Upon further analysis, archaeologists were able to provide some possible information on the ancient wreck. Express reports that...

Black hole: NASA spots a black hole ejecting hot material into deep space

Although black holes generally consume material in space and everything that comes close to it, there are instances when material is also ejected out of the black hole. Recently, NASA was able to capture one particular...

Scientists find the first pterodactyl fossils in the United Kingdom

Many dinosaur fossils have been discovered in other parts of the world. However, a discovery on the Isle of Wight reveals the first pterodactyl found in the United Kingdom. Express reports that a fossil hunter found an...

Technology

Why ‘The Sims 5’ is still unlikely getting announced at EA Play Live 2020

Fans have been anticipating many video game trade shows this year, including EA Play. Its format will be different given the COVID-19 crisis, but the event will still push through. However, any sort of announcement about...

‘PUBG Mobile’ will have an original map that features monster trucks and P90

Anyone who has been following updates about PUBG Mobile would know that Tencent was recently hinting at a major map reveal. More details were recently unveiled as the secret map debuted in beta. PUBG Mobile will have a...

Pixel 4a XL would have had two cameras, leaked phone case suggests

After months of the rumor mill churning plenty of details about the still unannounced Pixel 4a, smartphone fans seem to be in unison now in no longer hoping for a Pixel 4a XL. The bigger version of the mid-range device,...

iOS 14 could finally allow movable widgets on the home screenshot

Many loyal iPhone users would say the one reason they choose this device is because of the iOS operating system. However, they can also not deny that iOS has been restrictive when it comes to how users can customize their...
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