Politics and government

Book

07 Jun 2017

"This is a book for the record of a specific time, essentially 1983-1991, when I was an Australian Government Minister for Primary Industry and then Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, but with some relevant commentary before and after this period. It is designed as a source document...

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...

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Video lecture/presentation

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.

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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...

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Commentary

Article

03 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 why he admired so much his former adversary...

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 &...

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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 the Bill promoted the Local...

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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...

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...

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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 big political campaigns of 2016 have...

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Commentary

Article

09 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...

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07 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 history of Ireland and much of the English...

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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 of post-war...

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03 Jul 2016

What do we know so far about the likely post-election scene? Tim Colebatch has been crunching the latest numbers

MOST of us now know who our new MPs will be. What we don’t know is who will be our prime minister. And we don’t know whether there will be a majority or...

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Commentary

Article

30 Jun 2016

Europe offers lessons for Australian parties uneasy at the prospect of having to talk to each other

In the same week as Malcolm Turnbull called the 2016 Australian election, another conservative leader on the other side of the world did what his Australian counterpart has...

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Commentary

Article

30 Jun 2016

Different times call for a different kind of campaign strategy

John Hewson wanted to run a totally positive election campaign. But when he put it to a vote of his shadow cabinet, he found himself the lone supporter. The Liberal Party went ahead with negative television...

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Research report

27 May 2016

In the lead up to the 2 July 2016 election, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) is calling on all major political parties to address alcohol’s hidden harm.

The impact of alcohol on the community can be devastating and far reaching. Alcohol use contributes to death,...

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Essay

23 May 2016

Dr Edward Nik-Khah's Smoke and Thalidomide is an examination of the power of economists - and their constructed institutions - in the mobilisation of the US pharmaceutical industry in the 1970s, and their continued influence in how the industry controls our knowledge about drugs today...

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Commentary

Article

12 May 2016

There are seven reasons why the Coalition might think things are going well. And the same goes for Labor

WHO will win the election on 2 July? With the first polls registering 50–50, the contest is competitive. The Coalition and Labor both have reasons to be optimistic –...

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Journal article

10 May 2016

Why political philosophy? Why do I read it, teach it and encourage others to engage in it? Simply, because I am driven to it by my practice as a public servant. I have spent a great deal of my working life in meetings where we discuss, decide or make judgements about public policy. I notice how...

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