Cavan Hogue writes that Australia needs to remember that the countries we call 'failed states' are in fact artificial, colonial creations. He argues that we should not be surprised if these 'non-states' fail but only if they succeed, and that… more
Every fortnight the Centre for Policy Development Policy will link to five recently published items – reports, commentaries, discussion papers or submissions to parliamentary inquiries – that inject bright ideas into current policy debates. This fortnight's pick:
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
Quentin Dempster urges the government to embrace the brave new world of digital free-to-air broadcasting. He calls for the government to subsidise the cost of digital set top boxes for every household and the sale of commercial licences to fund… more
The first hurdle towards the enactment of Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities was overcome last week when it was passed by the Legislative Assembly . While we wait for it to be considered by the Legislative Council, Spencer… more
We could solve the problem of obesity within the next decade by finding ways of working with groups traditionally seen as ‘outside’ public health, write Professor Leeder and Anne-Marie Boxall (Taking obesity off the agenda). Programs undertaken in Wellington and… more
Whatever your opinion of nuclear power generation, the announcement of the Switkowski-led nuclear inquiry may be a signal that John Howard finally realises he must take more decisive action on climate change.
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.