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Policy report

14 Dec 2017

Highlights key changes and identifies themes in the continued and systematic reduction of social welfare and income support for children in New Zealand since 2008.

Journal

13 Nov 2017

This special issue of Policy Quarterly has five articles on aspects of government regulation in New Zealand, five articles on various topical policy issues from a range of (mostly academic) contributors, and three articles based on student research internships.

Research report

31 Oct 2017

Northcote has been held by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) since its inception in 1927. The seat is now being hotly contested by the ALP and the Victorian Greens, among a field of twelve candidates.

Article

1 Sep 2017

This article outlines what open government is, why it matters to New Zealand, and how the country could benefit from it.

Journal

14 Aug 2017

Focuses on some of the important policy issues facing New Zealand as it enters the 2017 general election.

Website

Wondering who to vote for? Explore the policies to find out what's on offer at the 2017 New Zealand election.
14 Aug 2017

Policy draws on publicly available information about the key election policies of New Zealand’s political parties, puts them all in one place and presents them in a consistent and accessible way.

Journal article

15 Jul 2017

The year 1994 was a particularly interesting one in Samoan politics.

Book

7 Jun 2017

Part memoir, this is a book is about the realities of politics, public policy making and administration from the perspective of a one-time farmer, economic researcher and political practitioner, John Kerin, Australian Government Minister for Primary Industry then Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, 1983-1991....

Commentary

Article

24 Apr 2017

A lot happened in poltics over the past fortnight. But not much happened in Newspoll.

TODAY’s Newspoll, conducted between last Thursday evening and Sunday and published in the Australian, has the primary vote virtually identical to a fortnight ago: the Coalition sits on...

Video

11 Apr 2017

The Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, addressed the issue of housing affordability in a lecture hosted by AHURI at the State Library in Melbourne on Monday 10 April 2017.

Transcript :

Captions available.

This video was edited to provide the...

Essay

Journal article

15 Mar 2017

Technological progress has transformed solar PV from an alternative technology in the 1970s, to cheap, mainstream energy today. Australia has been a leading solar PV nation, with more household solar systems than any other country.

Solar has become highly popular in suburban and country...

Commentary

Article

3 Mar 2017

IN OCTOBER 1970, a young Laurie Oakes interviewed an old Sir John McEwen, the legendary leader of the Country Party (now the Nationals), long-time deputy and strong right arm of Sir Robert Menzies. One of the things the old warrior had to tell him was...

Journal article

15 Feb 2017

Public health researchers and practitioners want to see their research inform government decision making.

It is not always clear to researchers how evidence is used in policy decisions in a highly politicised environment with many competing demands.

Public Health Research & Practice spoke...

Journal article

30 Nov 2016

The decision to put the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) on hold in September 2016 demonstrates clearly the strength that local government has as a unified political voice within New Zealand's democracy. In a smilar way to what occured uin 1989...

Journal article

30 Nov 2016

Auckland is a city-region under intense political pressure. Migration and development are transforming streetscapes and communities. Local government has to plan and budget for significant investments in infrastructure as the city grows, and there is no strategy that pleases all sectors of residents at once....

Journal article

27 Nov 2016

Since 2008, mature welfare states have, to varying degrees, pursued a strategy of welfare reform that has reconfigured the dominant praxis of social citizenship. Drawing on qualitative data from two studies, this paper explores what bearing this has had on the political subjectivity of welfare...

Commentary

Article

11 Nov 2016

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election, the US media has embarked on a flurry of self-recrimination. Much of what they discuss applies equally to the UK media and the problems with news coverage of the EU referendum.

There is no doubt the two...

Commentary

Article

9 Nov 2016

This is a transcript of a Skype discussion between Kate Golden and the University of Wisconsin-Madison journalism professors Lucas Graves and Michael Wagner about their recently launched fact-checking site The Observatory.

The discussion centres on the importance of fact checking as a defence of...

Commentary

Article

7 Nov 2016

The lack of genetic variability in the Irish potato crop, especially in the dominant variety, the Irish Lumper, brought on a human disaster. In the 1840s, a great blight struck the crop that had become a staple of the Irish diet. That famine changed the...

Essay

25 Jul 2016

Whitlam’s policy program was compelling because he had a clear and principled conception of social democracy that was relevant for the times. It was a conception of social democracy that straddled two eras: (1) the development of the post-war welfare state that married the tasks...