Policy

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Enhancing long-term governance: Parliament’s vital oversight role

This article explores how the New Zealand Parliament scrutinises the quality of long-term governance and considers how such scrutiny could be made more systematic, proactive and rigorous.
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This Collection contains policy research, grey literature, journal articles and other content related to New Zealand, or published by New Zealand authors and organisations. The collection was established in March 2016 by the School of Government, at Victoria University of Wellington. It was further supported...
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This Collection includes many reports that were released before the digital age and provides background information on major issues for which the key documents had been either unavailable or inaccessible. The Collection was initially established as a partnership with the National Library of Australia.
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The Whitlam policy collection brings together landmark research reports, supplemented with audio, video, articles, literature reviews, essays and transcripts produced by The Whitlam Institute since 2008.
Guide

OECD guidelines for citizen participation processes

These guidelines walk the reader through ten steps to design, plan, and implement a citizen participation process, and detail seven different methods that can be used to involve citizens in policy-making. To illustrate these methods, the OECD gathered good practice examples through an open call.
Report

Redefining progress: global lessons for an Australian approach to wellbeing

Looking at 21 global approaches to wellbeing over the past 50 years, this report identifies four key characteristics of advanced wellbeing approaches to guide an Australia’s wellbeing journey.
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Our plan for a better future for all Australians: Labor’s policies

This webpage provides access to a range of policy initiatives that the ALP is taking to the 2022 federal election.
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The Nationals: getting it done for regional Australia

This webpage provides access to a range of policy initiatives that the Nationals are taking to the 2022 federal election.
Policy

Liberal Party of Australia: our plan

This webpage provides access to a range of policy initiatives that the Liberal Party is taking to the 2022 federal election.
Article

Evidence is a policymaker’s biggest weapon

Researchers have a responsibility to link their work to the issues facing the world – to provide general insight, but also to help policy-makers evaluate how best to solve them, Jacquelyn Zhang writes.
Report

The gravitational state: making democracy work

While there is such a thing as society, it doesn’t happen by accident. Increasingly, the state needs to take a leading role in building and shaping it – we need a 'gravitational state' that pulls people together into a society. This paper is the last...
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The humble policy maker: making democracy work

This paper looks at what’s wrong with politics and policy-making - why the basic way we make decisions is undermining our ability to navigate this age of exponential change.
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Living in the exponential age: making democracy work

The more divergence between the interests of different groups within society, the harder it is to sustain consensual policy making within a democratic society. This paper looks at the vast scope of the change we are living through, and the way in which that change...
Guide

Public policy engagement guide: a toolbox for UWA researchers

This guide is designed to break down what research engagement and impact are in practice, offering core advice on how to sharpen your appeal, setting out different ways in which you can get going, and describing what the constituent parts of government are and do.
Report

Making democracy work

From technological trends changing the way we interact and the way our markets work, to why the state needs to find a new role to hold together the societies of the twenty-first century, this paper has a relatively simple goal - to explain why any...
Report

Funding for public research into foreign policy issues

For the purposes of this inquiry, the Committee accepted a broad definition of both foreign policy, and foreign policy research, in order to explore all the evidence provided. This inquiry report primarily explores the role of government funding of foreign policy research and analysis.
Briefing paper

Voluntary assisted dying research: a policy briefing

This briefing summarises research about voluntary assisted dying (VAD) conducted by Professors Ben White and Lindy Willmott (with colleagues).
Journal article

Public inquiries as procedural policy tools

In this journal article, the authors conceptualise the public inquiry as a procedural tool and address the question of what makes a public inquiry an effective policy instrument.
Article

Nudge and co-design: complementary or contradictory approaches?

Nudge and co-design are gaining popularity as innovative approaches to solving policy problems. An article in Policy Studies compares these two approaches. It also reflects on the implications for policy effectiveness, political trust and government legitimacy.
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ALP National platform: as adopted at the 2021 Special Platform Conference

In March 2021, delegates to the Australian Labor Party’s Special Platform Conference gathered to debate and adopt their National Platform. The 2021 National Platform sets out the contemporary policy agenda that an Albanese Labor Government will implement.