Lowy Institute identifies need for skilled migration reform

The Lowy Institute for International Policy has released a report assessing the benefits and challenges of contemporary economic and skilled migration in Australia, Economic Migration and Australia in the 21st Century. The report finds that while increased intakes of skilled immigrants have assisted structural transitions in Australia’s economy and delivered tangible benefits, significant challenges have…

Engineering, not rocket-science will fix infrastructure waste

Over the past fifteen years, Australians have paid $28 billion more than they budgeted for on transport infrastructure because of government reliance on outsourced advice. The Grattan Institute’s report, Cost overruns in transport infrastructure, reviewed 836 infrastructure projects valued at over $20 million and concluded that infrastructure decisions based on politics instead of public good…