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Kate Griffiths

Kate Griffiths

Associate, Grattan Institute

Kate Griffiths is a researcher at the Grattan Institute. Kate has previously worked for The Boston Consulting Group and for the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. Kate holds a Masters in Science from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the Australian National University.

The budget is full of good news, but good news isn’t the same as good management

May 16, 2024 01:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

This years budget has something for everyone, with very little in the way of cuts and no new taxes. Its a classic good news pre-election budget. Whether it is too good to be true hinges on whether this budget...

Political donations rules are finally in the spotlight – here’s what the government should do

Mar 19, 2024 11:28 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Australias political donations rules are woefully inadequate, but donations reform is finally on the agenda. The federal government has signalled its interest in reform and will soon begin briefing MPs on its plan. Greater...

Treasurer Chalmers has a $70 billion a year budget hole: we've found 13 ways to fill it

Apr 12, 2023 03:23 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

No one likes spending cuts and tax hikes, but on our estimate the government will soon need more of them if they are going to make a dent in looming A$70 billion a year budget deficits. A new Grattan Institute report,...

All governments are guilty of running political ads on the public purse. Here's how to stop it

Oct 11, 2022 04:30 am UTC| Politics

If you watch TV or read the paper, youve probably seen ads spruiking the achievements of the federal or state government from the next big transport project to how theyre reducing the cost of living. While some government...

$177 million flowed to Australian political parties last year, but major donors can easily hide

Feb 02, 2022 08:58 am UTC| Politics

The Australian Electoral Commission has updated its database of financial disclosure information for 2020-21. This happens once a year and is keenly watched by political observers because it includes information about...

More than half of funding for the major parties remains secret — and this is how they want it

Feb 02, 2021 13:57 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Political parties in Australia collectively received $168 million in donations for the financial year 2019-20. Today, Australians finally get to see where some of the money came from with the release of data from the...

States and territories have improved integrity measures, but Commonwealth lags far behind

Nov 04, 2018 13:11 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

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. When it comes to cleaning...

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Economy

Russia Poised for Aggressive 200 Basis Points Rate Hike to Tame Inflation

Russias central bank is set to raise its key interest rate by 200 basis points to 18% on July 26, according to a Reuters poll. The move aims to combat soaring inflation, currently at 9.2%, and cool the overheated...

China Cuts Key Interest Rates to Boost Economy After Disappointing Party Meeting

Chinas central bank has cut key interest rates to support the economy after a major Communist Party meeting disappointed investors by not announcing short-term stimulus measures. The rate cuts aim to bolster borrowing and...

Joe Biden Withdraws from Election, Asian Stocks Dip Despite China’s Rate Cut

Asian shares extended recent losses on July 22 despite Chinas rate cut, while Wall Street futures firmed after President Joe Biden withdrew from the election contest. This move is expected to influence economic and market...

Donald Trump's Tariff Threat Looms: China Faces Economic Decoupling Fears

As former President Donald Trump eyes a second term, Chinas economy braces for potential turmoil with new, severe trade tariffs anticipated. Analysts predict significant GDP declines and a dramatic decoupling from the U.S....

Politics

Kamala Harris’ Direct Approach on Abortion Poised to Influence 2024 Congressional and White House Races

With President Joe Biden stepping aside from the 2024 presidential race, Vice President Kamala Harris has taken the helm, bringing a forthright stance on abortion rights that Democrats hope will resonate with voters....

Hillary Clinton Champions Kamala Harris, Predicts She Will 'Prosecute A Compelling Case' Against Donald Trump

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on Democrats to rally behind Vice President Kamala Harris as she prepares to face Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential race. Clintons editorial, published in The New...

Donald Trump 'Regrets' Choosing J.D. Vance as Running Mate Amid Joe Biden Withdrawal Controversy

Former President Donald Trump reportedly has second thoughts about his decision to choose J.D. Vance as his running mate following their poor handling of President Joe Bidens withdrawal from the 2024 presidential race. The...

Donald Trump Considered RFK Jr. for Key Role in Potential Second Trump Administration, Sources Say

Former President Donald Trump and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. engaged in multiple discussions this month, according to sources familiar with the conversations, exploring the possibility of Kennedy joining a potential second...

Science

SpaceX Completes Heat Shield Upgrade for Starship Ahead of Critical Flight 5 Test

SpaceX has completed a significant heat shield upgrade for Starship ahead of its fifth test flight. The upgrade aims to improve reentry safety following the issues from the fourth flight. A critical static fire test is...

SpaceX's New EVA Spacesuits Pass Testing for Historic Commercial Spacewalk

SpaceX has finalized acceptance testing of its new EVA spacesuits, marking a significant milestone for the Polaris Program. The suits will facilitate the first commercial spacewalk, led by entrepreneur Jared Isaacman,...

NASA and SpaceX Reveal $843M Plan to Deorbit ISS Safely in 2031

NASA and SpaceX have unveiled plans to deorbit the International Space Station by 2031. The $843 million contract awarded to SpaceX includes designing and constructing a deorbit vehicle to guide the ISS to its final...

SpaceX Reveals Cause of Falcon 9 Anomaly After Engine Failure and RUD Incident

SpaceX announced a liquid oxygen leak caused the Falcon 9s second-stage engine failure, resulting in a RUD. Despite the anomaly, the second stage was passivated successfully. SpaceX Identifies Liquid Oxygen Leak as...

Technology

Elon Musk ‘Surprised’ If Tesla FSD Isn’t ‘Unsupervised’ by Next Year, Predicts Regulatory Shift

Elon Musk foresees Teslas Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology becoming unsupervised by next year, reflecting his confidence in the systems development. Annual Predictions from Musk According to Elon Musk, it would...

iPhone SE 4 Mass Production Kicks Off This October, Early 2025 Release Expected

Apples iPhone SE 4 will begin mass production in October, with its release anticipated in early 2025. Apples Plans to Introduce a Cheaper iPhone Are Beginning to Take Shape With the iPhone SE 4 set to enter full...

Musk's Poll: Should Tesla Invest $5 Billion in xAI? Early Votes Show Strong Support

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has launched a poll asking if Tesla should invest $5 billion in his AI company, xAI, with early results favoring the proposal. Musk Characterized the Poll as an Experiment Elon Musk, CEO of...

Tesla Triples Cybertruck Production, Aims for 2025 Profitability

Tesla has announced a tripling of Cybertruck production rates, with a target of profitability by 2025. Tripled Cybertruck Production to Drive Profitability As part of its Shareholder Deck for Q2 2024, Tesla revised...
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