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Defence and economics mix in ways that aren’t considered by military strategists
ONE OF the convictions that drives military policy in the developed world is a shared belief in the importance of keeping sea lanes open. For the authors of Australia’s white paper...
Education is the sector that most urgently needs to be freed from the Abbott legacy
EVER since his ascent to the prime ministership, Malcolm Turnbull has represented a puzzle. Is the leadership change, as Tony Abbott and Labor argue, a mere change in...
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...
Australia gained some last-minute concessions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. But this is still the wrong way to manage our international trade and investment
The announcement of an agreed text for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, or TPP, brings to an end years of...
Negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement have run aground on Washington’s attempt to restrict rather than free up medicines
Winston Churchill’s famous description of Russia as a “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma” could equally well be applied to the Australian...
No arguments seem to sway right-wing politicians and commentators in the United States and Australia. Will we have to wait for demography to do its work?
The abolition of the carbon tax has raised, yet again, the question of how to convince those...
Buying water is much more cost-effective, in most cases, than public engineering projects aimed at saving water, argues John Quiggin
THERE'S BEEN a lot happening in water policy lately, and for once, most of the news is good. Most importantly, it’s been raining, a...
While the lessons of the 1970s and 1980s had been learned well, it seems that little or nothing has been learned from the failures of the past decade, writes John Quiggin
THE RESERVE BANK of Australia is fifty years old, having been separated from...
IT SEEMS virtually certain that the CPRS legislation will be reintroduced to parliament later this year, and highly likely that it will be passed with the support of some or all Liberal senators. The alternative, a double dissolution fought on an issue where the party...
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...