Ian McAuley states 'When governments encourage or force the better-off to opt out they talk about choice, but, far from extending our choice, we are denied choice – in this case the choice of using a public school. The same… more
Donald Richardson writes, ‘If the country considers the arts worth having, some form of government patronage is necessary. Australians are reluctant to realise that there has never been an era of significant arts development anywhere that was funded by market… more
A major reason for the establishment of the Centre for Policy Development was the need to revive the policy debate and policy development on important issues affecting Australia. At the last election we saw little policy. Instead there was a… more
Can we establish the principles that would frame the development of policies to produce and support a fairer Australia? How do we define fair? We tend to use terms like the public and common good, social justice, fairness and equity… more
Don Aitkin continues his discussion of educational systems. He believes they ‘will reproduce the existing social order very easily unless something is done to alter things. Reiterating that equality is the rule, and that it works, has to be the… more
When citizens are treated like consumers they become subject to all the risks contained in the old Latin phrase caveat emptor – let the buyer beware, writes Eva Cox.
Don Aitkin argues that our schools and the way we construct them, with winners and losers defined largely in terms of the child's upbringing, are contributing to the problem. We can make them part of the solution. But to do… more
John Menadue in a speech to the Australian College of Health Service Executives in Brisbane on the 22nd of February 2005.
John Menadue states,’there is ample evidence that we want to participate if we feel that our views are valued and will be reasonably acted upon. Polls show that whilst we are disillusioned with politicians we still want to be part… more