After years of privatising and commodifying public assets and services, many governments are starting to look like they've shrunk in the wash (and faded in the spin cycle). The Policy Portal is dedicated to exploring ways of renewing the role… more
Policy Coordinator Miriam Lyons ties a ribbon around 2006 and rips open the wrapping on the Policy Portal’s plans for 2007.
Australian citizenship is a ‘work in progress’, says Ian McAuley, and there’s a lot more work to be done
Australian state and federal governments may still be in love with privatisation, writes James Arvanitakis, but for Australian communities the relationship is getting cold. In ‘Reclaiming the Australian Commons’, Arvanitakis charts the enclosure of Australia's common wealth and calls for… more
Calling on all Australian politicians to re-think the way they develop public policy, Reclaiming our Common Wealth argues that the short-term thinking of the election cycle is damaging Australia's long-term interests. We need a new approach to policy development based… more
John Menadue launched Our Common Wealth with a call for 'hochmar' -– the science of the heart –- the capacity to see, to feel and then to act as if the future depends on you.
Providing equal opportunities for citizens to avoid illness and receive quality care is arguably the ultimate social justice issue. Health is inextricably linked to happiness and that fact alone should demand health policies focussed on equity. Health is also a… more
The Government’s slick marketing of WorkChoices failed, said Unions NSW secretary John Robertson, because it was a “misguided attempt to arrange community values from the top down”. The values that underpin government policy should come from the ground up, he… more
To anyone with even a modest understanding of humanity's place in nature and our absolute dependence on the natural world, the response of governments and institutions to the massive environmental changes the world is now facing appears morally and ethically… more