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Chapter 1 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy , edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.
In Australia in recent decades, market ideas and practices have come to dominate public policy. One...
Sometimes voters are dragged out to adjudicate on a political mess with no clear winner the result. This is the essential story of the 2010 federal election.
An extremely close election can mean many things, of which there are two leading explanations: that voters...
The Australian labour market is experiencing a period of substantial change, within both the economic and industrial relations environments. This third annual Australia at Work report provides a first look at how these changes are impacting on working life.
This is the second report of key research findings arising from the Australia at Work research project. This research is a large scale longitudinal study that tracks the experiences of working Australians over five years.
The 2007 election was only the sixth bringing a change of government since World War Two. It was also only the second time in Australian history that a prime minister lost his own seat. Interestingly, on both occasions the incumbent government was challenging the pillars...
Sydney's commuters were said to be furious with failures on public transport. Voters in the Hunter were said to be furious with scandals involving local politicians. Economic growth in the state has stalled. So why was Labor re-elected in New South Wales? Was Morris Iemma...
'Any tax cut is good' is a convenient mentality for the political right. It plays well in the electorate and keeps the political agenda free from pressures for greater spending. But evidence is amassing against the low tax model, and from some surprising quarters, writes...
Opinion polls are a resource for the worst kinds of political cynicism - pitting majorities against outsiders and cultivating short-term thinking on policies - argues Shaun Wilson. Yet our social and political compasses are probably more reliant than ever on them.
Is John Howard right to call the Senate a house of obstruction, asks Shaun Wilson. A plurality of Australians prefer a non-government controlled Senate, and this is the strong preference of a large number of Australians who think government is run by for big interests....