Geoff Davies argues that one reason you don’t hear the opportunities for energy efficiency being advocated by mainstream economists is apparently that they are generally very ignorant of such practicalities (as well as of human nature, biology and a few… more
Ian McAuley looks at how a value-based system can resolve public and private divisions in Australia’s health system. He describes the confusion and the grab bag of health proposals that we saw at the last election and outlines the importance… more
Spencer Zifcak writes, it is not for the executive to decide who should be locked up for any length of time, let alone indefinitely. Only the courts can do that and …only after the grounds for detaining someone have been… more
Daniel Donahoo argues that local government and community organisational models will be play a big role in the future of community-government relations.
Lyndsay Connors Parents with children in non-government schools simply have the same right as their fellow parents and citizens to participate in democratic debate about how governments should allocate tax revenues to education, according to priorities that can be justified… more
A summary of what we consider to be the key building blocks around which a national health policy should be built.
Dr Martin Callinan 'By announcing that Australia was 'very vulnerable' to climate change and that the Government is considering carbon 'currencies', to 'create a credits system,' Senator Campbell has created political wiggle room. Such overtures appeal to realists and scores… more
Brendan Gleeson What is interesting…is the looming coincidence of three moments of reconciliation – economic, human and natural – when growth will be halted, and order disrupted, by the claims of debt. The indications are that all three ‘accounting’ cycles… more
Tony Vinson A fiction is being put about that the level of expenditure on school education is of little importance. Instead, the quality of teaching is emphasised… The situation is not helped by the fact that competition between the education… more