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Author's Name: Michael Keating
Date: Tue 04 May 2021

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Responses (4)

Promoting vaccination uptake in Australia

Poll 49

"What measures should Australian governments adopt to promote demand for vaccination once supply is no longer a constraint?"

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Mandatory vaccination for higher risk occupations;Vaccine passports for higher-risk settings (eg. flights, restaurants, major events);National advertising campaigns

While I favour both mandatory vaccination and vaccine passports (in due course) these measures will not be appropriate while there is a shortage of vaccination slots. I also think it is too early to decide on whether or not, incentives are needed. They may be appropriate later on if it proves difficult to encourage sufficient numbers to come forward for vaccination.

Policies to deliver higher wage growth

Poll 48

Our panellists were asked

"Higher wages growth is now a top priority of the RBA in its efforts to sustain stronger economic growth. Please identify the three of these government policies you think would best help deliver higher wages growth".  

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Maintaining high government spending in order to boost aggregate demand;Cutting taxes in order to bo

Boosting aggregate demand will help increase wage growth, but I think there are also structural reasons why wage growth is less than in the past. In particular, the impact of technology hollowing out of middle-level jobs has weakened the power of trade unions, and also wage expectations have now fallen.

Transition to electric cars

Poll 47

This month, our panellists were asked whether Australia should take action to speed the transition to electric cars.

"As part of efforts to reduce carbon emissions, Australian governments should take action to accelerate the take up, or take no action to accelerate the take up of electric cars"

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Make charging points compulsory in new homes and new carparks


I think electric cars will be competitive with petrol and diesel cars, so I don't see any further subsidy as being necessary or appropriate. However, I would favour the government moving to change its own car fleet over to electric cars as soon as possible.

The Federal Budget May 2021

Poll 46

"On May 11, the government delivered a budget designed, in the Treasurer's words, to 'secure Australia's economic recovery and build for the future'.  What grade would you give the budget given that objective, A, B, C, D, E, F?"

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This budget deserves a B+ for securing the economic recovery, but only an E- for building for the future, resulting in an overall D rating. This budget does not address the causes of Australia's economic stagnation prior to the pandemic. Negligible real wage growth is forecast to continue, and the forecast increase in productivity to 1.5% in 2022-23 and beyond is an heroic assumption. Restoring past rates of economic growth will not be possible without addressing the structural problems in the labour market. This will involve much more investment in education, training and research. But the universities are experiencing a major funding cut, and the extra money in this budget for apprentices and trainees only makes up for past cuts.