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30 Sep 2017

Colorado Health Institute vice-president Amy Downs spent seven months in New Zealand between February and August 2017 as an Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellow in Public Policy and was hosted by Treasury.

This is her report of her findings, which examines and reports on the reforms of the...

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Slides

26 Jun 2017

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) hosted a workshop on citizen-centred policy, which was facilitated by MSD staff. Parts of it were delivered by staff from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The workshop was open to all Policy teams across MSD and the...

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Commentary

21 Nov 2017

No one saw this coming. Last Thursday, an opinion poll told us that Victoria’s Labor government would win the Northcote by-election with room to spare, by 54 per cent to 46 for the Greens. But two days later, the voters did the reverse, and gave the seat to the Greens in a landslide.

At...

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Commentary

17 Nov 2017

It is time to accept that Section 44 of the Australian Constitution is irretrievably broken. In its current form, it is creating chaos that is consuming our politicians. This presents a rare opportunity for constitutional change. A referendum could address not only the citizenship issue but the...

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Research report

16 Nov 2017

Rapidly changing operating environments of governments and stakeholders threaten to outdate policy practices. Emerging technologies, fluid political preferences, shifting societal attitudes—including a declining level of trust in public institutions (Edelman 2017)—are transforming our world....

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Guide

14 Nov 2017

The process of drawing and adjusting electoral boundaries in Australia is called a ‘redistribution’, and at the federal level is governed by Part IV of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (CEA). Currently, five redistributions—for Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia (SA), Victoria and the...

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Report

14 Nov 2017

Under the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003 (Vic), the Committee has the function of monitoring and reviewing the performance of the Independent Broad‑based Anti‑corruption Commission (IBAC), which is the key anti‑corruption agency in Victoria. Previously, the Committee has...

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Audio interview

14 Nov 2017

The Senate chamber was more fiery than usual yesterday and presiding over it all was Scott Ryan in his new job.

Senator Ryan was elected Senate President yesterday after quitting Cabinet.

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Journal

13 Nov 2017

Editorial note

This issue of Policy Quarterly commences with five articles on aspects of government regulation in New Zealand. A separate editorial note (see below) by Dr Peter Mumford and Keith Manch summarizes the purpose and content of these articles. My sincere thanks...

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Bill

13 Nov 2017

This is a draft Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to the definition of marriage and to protect freedom of thought, conscience, religion, expression and association, and for related purposes.

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Commentary

13 Nov 2017

It’s been just over a fortnight since the High Court opted for what it admitted was a “harsh” reading of section 44(i) of the Constitution, because the nicer alternatives “would be inimical to the stability of representative government.” Since then, potentially ineligible MPs have emerged at a...

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Guide

10 Nov 2017

In 2012 new arrangements regarding the remuneration of Commonwealth departmental secretaries came into effect. This paper sets out the revised system. The paper also outlines the separate arrangements for the secretaries of the parliamentary departments, including the Clerk of the Senate and the...

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Guide

09 Nov 2017

This Quick Guide summarises the often complex funding and disclosure laws in each Australian state and territory for the purpose of comparison. These are the laws that regulate who can make and receive political donations, how and when those donations must be disclosed, how much money political...

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Report

08 Nov 2017

Despite what the post-modern theorists claim, the nation remains the ultimate political reality. The power of the national story to inspire our collective beliefs about ourselves as Australians, and for those beliefs to inspire the direction of our national life, is the reason the history wars...

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Book

08 Nov 2017

Gender inequality is profoundly unjust and in clear contradiction to the philosophy of the ‘fair go’. In spite of some action by recent governments, Australia has fallen behind in policy and outcomes, even as the G20 group of nations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development...

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Report

07 Nov 2017

Australia has experienced 26 years of unbroken economic growth. However, this aggregate figure masks stagnant wages growth and a deterioration in the living standards of many in the Australian middle class. The central cause of this deterioration is low and declining levels of business...

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Commentary

06 Nov 2017

In her first meeting with Malcolm Turnbull on 5 November, NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, behaved with admirable tact and diplomacy. She offered the Australian government a partial way out of its self-made disaster on Manus Island, and when her proposal was instantly put on ice by Mr Turnbull...

Commentary

03 Nov 2017

The sudden exit from parliament of Senate President, Stephen Parry, has turned into a toxic blame game, in a further sign of a government crumbling into chaos.

Malcolm Turnbull and deputy Senate leader, Mathias Cormann, lashed out at Parry for not publicly revealing earlier his probable...

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Report

02 Nov 2017

While much public attention has been given to the acquisition of Australia’s new submarines and frigates, the acquisition of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to replace the Armidale-class patrol boats under Project SEA 1180 has attracted much less scrutiny or comment. It deserves more.

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Research report

31 Oct 2017

This Research Note provides some background data on the inner Melbourne seat of Northcote, which will have a by-election on 18 November 2017. This by-election is being held as a result of the untimely death of Fiona Richardson, who served as Victorian Minister for Women and was also appointed...

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