Subsidies to LPG and ethanol may erode effective long term solutions to the fuel price problem, writes Barry Naughten
This week in snapshots: Pacific pickers: inquiry into seasonal contract labour The US example: 'social exclusion' the reality, says report AIDS update: conference proceedings Security at stake: Australian aid policy criticised The great Australian dream?: housing affordability summit Pacific pickers
Social mobility requires free and competitive markets, a lightly regulated labour market and active redistribution strategies, according to Fred Argy. Any attempt to remove the barriers to social mobility through active social investment should be preceded by a public education… more
A super policy that encourages people to save now and spend later might seem like a good idea, but Ian McAuley explains that removing the tax on superannuation drawings will increase inequities, weaken the government’s revenue base, distort incentives and… more
Last week Nicholas Gruen argued that the Australia Institute’s Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) was systematically biased towards pessimism about our economic welfare. This week he looks at how the GPI might be broadened.
In the battle of ideas, our faith in democracy has taken too many bullets, writes Lindy Edwards. To resuscitate it, we need confidence in our ability to achieve more through cooperation than we can through competition.
It’s now easier than ever for corporations to donate to political parties, but the return on their investment is more than our democracy can afford, say Lee Rhiannon and Norman Thompson
When companies can use the courts to prevent concerned citizens from criticising their products, its time for legal reforms to protect public interest advocacy groups, writes Bob Burton
Ripping up AWAs is just the beginning, argues Christian Seibert. We need to reinvent industrial relations for a new economic age.