Ian McAuley writes, 'When politicians in the major parties do attend to the citizens, it is in the way of the marketing executive, determined to sustain or gain market share. The marketing executive offers trinkets such as cash-back vouchers and… more
Ian McAuley writes, ‘we need to re-frame our public policy attention, away from the simple notion of more or less superannuation, and towards asking what policies may help us in matching income at our life stages with our needs at… more
Former Public Service Commissioner, Andrew Podger, comments on the challenges facing the Australian Public Service and explains his concern with the Government’s use of Freedom of Information
Graham Young on the corporatization of politics and responses to that phenomenon.
John Howard said last week that we are all environmentalists now. While that may have come as a surprise to some, it shouldn't have. Over the past decade there has been a slow but steady shift going on, not in… more
After four successive federal election defeats, the high cost of inaction … is plainly evident. Its effect has been to hollow out the party’s real membership … and impair its capacity for effective policy development and advocacy. By Race Mathews
John Menadue states,’there is ample evidence that we want to participate if we feel that our views are valued and will be reasonably acted upon. Polls show that whilst we are disillusioned with politicians we still want to be part… more
Allison Henry and John Warhurst The researchers found that only half of the young people they interviewed would vote if it was not compulsory, and among the reasons given by respondents for not voting was lack of knowledge.
Daniel Donahoo argues that local government and community organisational models will be play a big role in the future of community-government relations.