The election campaign trail is a bad place to go looking for good policies. As CPD fellow Mark Bahnisch writes over at New Matilda:
"The flim-flammery of
symbolic and wasteful promises is a function of treating politics as a
the voters, are not treated as if we’re seriously concerned about how
policies affect our lives and the whole show runs along its merry way
as if politics didn’t matter, except to that hermetic circle , ‘the political class’"Here at the CPD we think a lot about the relationship between politics and policy. Over the course of the campaign some smart programs have been announced, but all too often short-term electioneering and a reluctance to tackle complex issues has led the major parties to make promises that aren’t sustainable over the long-term.
Now that it’s all over bar the mud-slinging, we asked CPD fellows to nominate election policies that won’t go the distance, in a series of election policy road tests:
To get to the point where these questions (and their answers) supplant the narrow focus on interest and tax rates, it’s going to take nothing less than a renewal of Australia’s democracy. And that’s what we’ll be talking about next week.
Health Policy Fact Sheets
The CPD has done a lot of work on health policy since we launched in May. But we know that
not everyone has the time to pore over detailed policy papers. So we have prepared 5 simple fact sheets to outline where
health policy is currently at – and where the major parties have
promised to take it after Saturday’s election.
CPD in the news
- Steve Keen says it’s A lose-lose election for homebuyers in The Age, and converts swinging voters on SBS Insight
- Mark Bahnisch and Ben Eltham have been blogging the election at New Matilda’s Polliegraph
- Fred Argy sparks discussion of ‘Australia’s fiscal straightjacket’ in The Age, Radio National’s PM, and the Canberra Times, and asks if low unemployment has to come with a high price in Online Opinion
- Also in Online Opinion, Miriam Lyons asks if a Labor government could escape the Liberals’ legacy, and Ben Eltham writes on Rethinking Australian foreign policy in a post-Bush world
- Tony Moore writes that Howard is bad for business in ABC Unleashed
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