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.
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
Inequality in schools and under-investment in higher education It certainly is time for a new debate in this country about the pressing need to re-examine the values and principles which underpin our education systems. There are two issues – growing… more
Professor Alan Reid explains the important role that public schools play in creating a tolerant and cohesive multicultural society. He calls for policymakers to understand the public purposes of education when formulating curriculum and funding policies.