Peter Gale argues that the Howard government’s ‘tough on crime’ response to the media debate about ‘Indigenous violence’ in remote communities is drawing much-needed attention away from the underlying issues of health, housing, education, and employment. 40 years after the… more
If citizens are to have any power over the institutions that control their lives, then the pyramids of power need to be turned upside down to create a stakeholder democracy, writes Shann Turnbull. The introduction of ‘network governance’ would make… more
Larry Anthony says that there’s no need to be nervous about moving more spending ‘upstream’ to invest in early childhood education and care. All childcare services already act as community networks, he argues. The challenge is not to rebuild those… more
Australia should be proud of its achievements in health, but Prue Power and Patrick Bolton believe that challenges remain in bringing the community into the decision making process, ensuring equitable access and outcomes, and improving services.
Dr Daniel Fox believes that Australian policymakers can teach as well as learn from their counterparts in other countries about responding to obsolete understandings of health.
Our education system is no longer based on values, writes Chris Bonnor in the third article in the Education Policy Development Series. Instead we have a system that has developed through inconsistent decisions made in response to anxiety in parents… more
Education should reflect the diversity of real life, says James Arvanitakis, and child-care centres are no exception. Noisy moralists should not impose their blind-spots on the rest of society by excluding books that feature same-sex parents.
Gabriel Kolko believes the Iraq debacle has led the US to imagine an expanded membership and role for NATO with nations such as Australia and Japan forming part of this vision.
The biggest problem affecting the planning of Australian health services is the failure to set priorities in a rational, informed and comprehensive way. Priority setting is about making choices based on resource limitations; not only choosing what to do but… more