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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.

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...

Migrants are still buying into the dream of home ownership, but it's becoming more elusive

Jul 24, 2018 16:22 pm UTC| Insights & Views Real Estate

Recent Australian migrants are buying into the Great Australian Dream of home ownership. But rates of home ownership among recent migrants are falling, as they are among all Australians. Unless we build enough housing to...

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Economy

U.S. Treasury yields plunge ahead of Fed monetary policy meeting

The U.S. Treasury yields plunged during Mondays afternoon session ahead of the Federal Reserves monetary policy meeting, scheduled to be held on September 18 by 18:00GMT amid an otherwise muted trading session that...

Australian bonds slump as positive U.S. data aid markets, easing trade tensions provide modest support

The Australian government bonds slumped during Asian trading session on Monday tracking a similar movement in the United States Treasuries on burgeoning hopes of a trade deal. Also, stronger-than-expected U.S. retail...

Australian bonds suffer tracking U.S. Treasuries on hopes of trade deal, softer auction demand

The Australian government bonds suffered during Asian trading session Friday tracking a similar movement in the United States Treasuries on burgeoning hopes of a trade deal amid softer demand at a 30-year auction. The...

USD/CNY seen to decline towards 7.0 as US-China Washington talks likely to achieve a breakthrough, says Scotiabank

The USD/CNY currency pair is expected to decline towards 7.0 as the US-China Washington talks are likely to achieve a breakthrough, particularly if considering USD/CNH trading at a discount to USD/CNY recently, according...

USD/INR likely to showcase supportive tone in near-term given prospects of further RBI cuts this year, says Commerzbank

The USD/INR currency pair is expected to showcase a supportive tone in the near-term given prospects of further interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) this year, according to the latest research report from...

Politics

John Legend tweets Melania Trump should praise Donald Trump more

The United States President Donald Trump has once again had a tweetstorm directed, this time, at John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. The All of Me singer responded by suggesting that POTUS might have calmed down if only the...

Donald Trump insists she loves Tiffany Trump

Over the past week, another member of Donald Trumps family made headlines following alleged explosive revelations from a fired White House staff. The United States Presidents daughter with Marla Maples, Tiffany Trump, is...

Netizens accuse Donald Trump of calling Melania Trump like a pet

A video that recently went viral online is not helping eliminate speculations on the marriage of United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. The gesture Mr. Trump made seemingly to call the attention...

New research shows vast majority of Hong Kong protesters support more radical tactics

Three months on, theres still no end in sight for the Hong Kong protest movement. What started as a demonstration against a bill to amend the citys extradition laws has now morphed into a broader movement challenging the...

In the Democrats' bitter race to find a candidate to beat Trump, might Elizabeth Warren hold the key?

Conservative former congressman Joe Walsh recently announced he would challenge Donald Trump for the Republican Partys 2020 Presidential nomination. Challenging an incumbent president is not new: both Gerald Ford and...

Science

Cancer cells naturally die in microgravity, scientist finds

The possibilities are endless when it comes to studying potential factors that could stop the growth of cancer cells. For one, a scientist based in Australia discovered that cancer cells naturally die when exposed to...

HIV cure study finds good results from a rare muscle illness

One of the greatest tasks of medical science experts today is finding a cure for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). While that has not been achieved yet, many studies have resulted in further understanding the...

Indonesian students treat cancer tumors on a mouse with a local plant

A couple of Indonesian high school students are catching worldwide attention after winning an international invention contest. They were awarded the gold medal for reportedly showing proof they were able to treat cancer on...

HIV suppression can be prolonged even without ART, study shows

There is not a complete cure found yet to eradicate HIV from a patient. But medical science has come a long way in developing other treatment strategies to suppress the virus. So even if it stays dormant in a patients...

An exoplanet within arm’s reach: the Earth

Exobiology is an exciting discipline. It is based simultaneously on the latest data from astrophysics, planetary geology and the origins of life on Earth, all of which are evolving as we continue to study them. It could be...

Technology

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ release date: Minor quests will be short but will be packing interesting lore.

Cyberpunk 2077 is being billed as one massive immersive experience. And among the factors that will contribute to that immersion is how well the quests and stories have been designed. To provide some insight on how the...

‘The Last of Us Part 2’ release date: Sequel excitement heats up as media event is only 10 days away

The Last of Us Part 2 media reveal is only 10 days away, and the gaming community is on the edge of its seat trying to contain the excitement that has reached fever pitch at this point. So far, Sony and Naughty Dog are...

‘GTA 6’ release date: Reddit post, account gets deleted after leak images blew up on the web

GTA 6 is one of the most speculated titles in the gaming community on account of its predecessor seeing massive success throughout its run. Just recently, the narrative surrounding it exploded once again after supposed...

HIV cure: Scientists see minor success in CRISPR-based study

Major strides in the field of HIV cure study have been reported this year alone by various groups of scientists from different parts of the world. The complete cure may not be available yet, but these promising results...

PlayStation 5’s another important component is the SSD

PlayStation 5 is billed as a next-generation console, and that means its specs and features are not mere upgrades from what is available now in the PS4 platform. The anticipated hardware components on PlayStation 5 make it...
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