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Terry Moran: Australians want bold government, not shrinking violets

Terry Moran – November 2017

Australians are fed up with policymakers in this country, says new attitude research, and they have a right to be according to one of the nation’s top former public servants.

Marty Natalegawa on ABC Saturday Extra with Geraldine Doogue

Marty Natalegawa – November 2017

Indonesian diplomat and advisor to the UN Marty Natalegawa discusses the fragility of democracy in the region and what needs to be done to strengthen democratic values as well as the role of ASEAN in conversation with Geraldine Doogue on ABC Radio National’s Saturday Extra.

Indonesia and Australia can nurture democracy together

MARTY NATALEGAWA – November 2017

Can democracy deliver? This is the question being asked in all corners of the globe. As one who has traversed Indonesia’s transformative democratic journey – it is today the world’s third-largest democracy – the reply can only be resoundingly affirmative: yes. More importantly, democracy must deliver.

The Manus Island agreement is a failure. Turnbull and Shorten need to accept it


There is now a humanitarian disaster on Australia’s doorstep. And it’s our responsibility. The refugees on Manus Island must be resettled promptly. After four years, all options other than Australia have come to nothing or have been rejected by our government. There is now no option but to resettle them in Australia.

Shifting deck chairs on the PHI death spiral


The government’s changes to private health insurance have little, if anything, to do with health policy.

Rather, they are about staving off the insurers’ death spiral of rising premiums and desertion of profitable customers, and protecting the government from the embarrassment of yet another five or six per cent rise in premiums in 2018, writes Ian McAuley.

Private health insurance is just another way to rip off millennials


Like a lot of young people, my first job was in retail, in the sort of place that was mostly about discounts – cheap CDs, speakers and two-for-one DVDs. Younger Australians, in my experience, are fairly value-conscious thanks to our constant low-level awareness of just how high house prices are compared with our wage growth.

A rare opportunity to make schools work better


A little news item can tell a big story. This week the Guardian reported on a survey revealing that Australian parents want schools to teach more social skills. It raises many questions: whose job is it anyway; what will fall off the curriculum to make space; how will we know if it works? But in one sense it is certainly timely: right now, the Gonski 2.0 review is giving us a once-in-a-decade opportunity to have a say about what schools should and shouldn’t do.

Votes for corporations and extra votes for property owners: why local council elections are undemocratic


Imagine, for a minute, an undemocratic political system. Imagine a voting system in which someone has more votes than you because they own property. Or a voting system in which corporations have a vote – and maybe even more votes than regular people. A voting system in which, as a result, the power of your vote could be diluted by votes cast on behalf of corporations.ols should and shouldn’t do.

This bubble could have been burst before it inflated

Sam Hurley and Travers McLeod – March 2017

Boosting refugee jobs would be a win-win for Australia

Travers McLeod and Henry Sherrel, The Huffington Post, 24 February 2017

Ring fencing: who should have power over your solar and storage?

Alexander Marks, RenewEconomy, 16 December 2017

Donald Trump’s Patton has history in his corner

Travers McLeod, The Australian, 6 December 2016

Company directors can be held legally liable for ignoring the risks from climate change

Travers McLeod, John Wiseman and Sam Hurley, The Conversation, 4 November 2016.

A larger policy community can make Australia a more constructive and influential regional power 

Travers McLeod, for Australian Council for International Development, 2 November 2016.

How the Asia-Pacific can lead the way on migrants and refugees

Travers McLeod, Peter Hughes, Serigraph Petcharames, Steven Wong, Tri Nuke Pudjiastuti, The Conversation, 21 September 2016.

Voters were doubly disillusioned

Travers McLeod and Mark Triffitt, The Age, 5 July 2016.

The Andaman Sea refugee crisis a year on: is the region now better prepared?

Travers McLeod, Peter Hughes, Serigraph Petcharames, Steven Wong, Tri Nuke Pudjiastuti, The Conversation, 27 May 2016.

The Andaman Sea refugee crisis a year on: what happened and how did the region respond?

Travers McLeod, Peter Hughes, Serigraph Petcharames, Steven Wong, Tri Nuke Pudjiastuti, The Conversation, 26 May 2016.

A new hope for Myanmar’s Rohingya migrants?

Travers McLeod, Southeast Asia Globe, 9 May 2016.

Financing government in uncertain times

Sam Hurley, Inside Story, 24 April 2016

The Bali Process can do a lot more to respond to forced migration in our region

Travers McLeod, Peter Hughes, Sriprapha Petcharames, Steven Wong, Tri Nuke Pudjiastuti, The Conversation, 21 March 2016.

Battle of ideas is on as an election-year innovation debate starts to make up for lost time

Travers McLeod and Anand Kulkarni, The Conversation, 18 January 2016.

Relaxing airstrike rules is a recipe for disaster

Travers McLeod, The Drum, 1 December 2015.

Unusual suspects challenging usual thinking on climate change

Travers McLeod, The Huffington Post, 30 November 2015.

Weakness and crisis lie at the heart of Australian politics

Rob Sturrock, The Huffington Post, 16 September 2015

Entitlements scandal is a sign of political rot

Travers McLeod and Mark Triffit, The SMH, 13 August 2015.

Australia’s peace threatened by climate change

Rob Sturrock, The SMH, 22 June 2015

Budget week reveals an appetite for government but not to govern

Travers McLeod, ‘The Conversation, 15 May 2015.

Hidden crisis of parliamentary democracy creates climate change paralysis

Travers McLeod and Mark Triffit, The Conversation, 22 April 2015.

Don’t blame micro-parties or the senate, update an archaic system

Travers McLeod and Mark Triffit, The Conversation, 23 February 2015.

Prosperity or decline? Liberating ideas can reboot our economy

Travers McLeod and Anand Kulkarni, The Conversation, 23 January 2015.