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A presentation to the Australia India Youth Dialogue discussing the role of think-tanks and other non-government bodies in public policy development.
Looks at the importance of a body like the Australian Law Reform Commission—and other institutional law reform bodies—in public policy...
Evidence-based policymaking needs to be counter-balanced with intelligence-based policymaking, the Executive Director of the HC Coombs Policy Forum told an audience of senior public servants today.
Dr Mark Matthews used an address to the inaugural Policy Reflections Forum at the Department of Communications to...
In this lecture to the Australian Senate Peter Mares argues that our thinking about migration has not caught up with recent changes in policy, particularly the rise in temporary migration.
With 6 million people or 27% of the population born overseas Australia has –...
Population growth has been the subject of much public discussion in recent times. However, widespread misconceptions about the pace, characteristics and implications of population growth means that much of this debate has not been as well informed by the facts as the topic...
In this speech the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet outlines the implementation of the twenty-eight recommendations of the Blueprint for the Reform of Australian Government Administration.
The Blueprint itself can be found here .
The 2009 Economic and Social Outlook Conference (5-6 November 2009) featured speakers from both sides of politics as well as other government and business leaders.
A range of experts spoke on a wide range of pertinent topics, including climate change, the economic recovery and...
Australia's system of compulsory voting does not entirely ensure the attendance of all peoples of voting age, recent study demonstrating that as many as one in five Australians not participating in the electoral process.
The 2010 federal election returned a rate of 93.2 percent, ...
Few within government would deny that evidence-based policy-making is important to achieving good outcomes. Australia’s history provides ample support for that. But it is also apparent that practice over the past decade has fallen short of the ideals espoused.
Business Council of Australia President Graham Bradley says Australia should get on with the job of economic reform by refocusing on goals where there is already broad agreement, rather than dwelling on the challenges of a minority government.
In this 15 September speech to...