This paper by Fred Argy discusses the impact of John Howard’s WorkChoices and welfare-to-work agenda on workforce participation, productivity, equality, personal freedom and self-reliance – values highly prized by Australians. It then outlines an alternative social democratic agenda – one… more
With the Government returned to power and the Opposition under new leadership it is time for a more informed and constructive debate about the future directions of our foreign, defence and security policies – something sadly lacking in the hype… more
The constituency for dental health may have a weak bite, but recently its voice has become stronger. Stephen Leeder and Amanda Dominello outline the steps needed to fill the cavity in public dental care.
The threat of climate change and the sale of Qantas have sat cheek-by-jowl on the business pages in recent weeks – but no one has spotted the link between the two. Former head of the AGO Experts Group on Emissions… more
Much has been written about the apparent failure of child protection authorities to rescue children from situations of significant abuse or neglect, or to protect the rights of children who are living in substitute care writes Philip Mendes. But the… more
John Menadue proposes a coalition of the willing to reform the delivery of health services by Federal and State governments.
Talkin' bout a revolution: the future of education
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
In this discussion paper Max Ogden outlines the valuable role unions can play in improving business management and productivity, and argues that any strategy for reviving Australia’s union movement needs to include plans to expand and strengthen this role.