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The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research.
This paper was presented at SOAC 2 held in Brisbane from 30 November to 2 December 2005.
SOAC 2 was hosted by the...
The global financial crisis provides an opportunity for the world to rethink its economic and political structures, according to this essay.
John Quiggin proposes a long term response to the global financial crisis which shifts the risks from individuals and families and places the...
Australia's current water shortages reflect policy mistakes going back many decades, argues John Quiggin. It will take at least a decade to resolve the resulting problems. A policy of delayed repurchase of water rights could form part of a cost-effective solution.
John Quiggin doubts whether further privatisation of Telstra will benefit taxpayers
THE RECENT Queensland Nationals conference has raised the bar for the privatisation of Telstra, demanding that up to $5 billion of the proceeds be allocated directly to rural users. On Tuesday, Telstra chief...
AFTER an election in which Labor looked like having a reasonable chance right up to the last few days, the outcome, a net gain of seats to the government, has produced a good deal of shock on the Labor side of politics. Why did things...
The increasingly broad scope of international trade agreements has raised widespread concern about the implications for popular sovereignty.
Internationally, most attention has been focused on the World Trade Organization. In Australia, the same issue has arisen in relation to the free trade agreement negotiated...
Labor has yet to announce the tax policy foreshadowed as a response to the 2004-5 Budget. But, as Kim Beazley's 'small target strategy' in 2001 demonstrated, this approach can be disastrous.
John Quiggin argues that Labor needs to announce a coherent tax and expenditure...