Ben Eltham

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7 Dec 2016

There are some policy issues that are complex and difficult to resolve. Some problems aren’t easily understood, and even if policy makers and leaders understand them, there are no easy answers. Politicians will always have a difficult job balancing the needs of different groups in...


12 Oct 2016

On September 27, a vicious low pressure system developed in the Great Australian Bight. As it rotated, the ‘mid-latitude cyclone’ sucked cold air up from the frigid Southern Ocean, pushing a cold front towards South Australia with 100 km/h winds.

The storm smashed into...

Briefing paper

12 Aug 2010

This briefing paper puts some of the issues covered in the United Nations Environment Program's Green Economy Report (699) in an Australian context and provides a primer to the challenges involved in transforming our economy to operate within environmental limits.

It also presents a...


3 Aug 2010

EARLIER this year, an amazing thing happened in Melbourne. Fifteen thousand people gathered in front of the Victorian parliament to protest against an unpopular government decision. The colourful crowd chanted and marched, sported placards and banners, and listened to speeches by local identities.



12 Jul 2010

This chapter from More than luck argues that it is time Australia revised its cultural policy and questions the current role of the Australia Council.

In early 2010, more than 15,000 people gathered on Bourke Street in front of Victoria’s Parliament building...

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