News and Media
CPD – February 2018
Indigenous students are disproportionately represented in Australia’s most disadvantaged schools and the divide between rich and poor is developing an “unhappy racial dimension”, a new report has found.
FELLOW CHRIS BONNOR – February 2018
We are now into the tenth anniversary of the strategy to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia. Last week saw a report on progress, a subdued celebration on scattered achievements and copious hand-wringing over endemic failures.
ROB STURROCK – February 2018
A decade and a half ago, in mid 2003, the federal government stopped doing something that governments have done continuously since 1946. It would no longer help unemployed people find jobs, and would instead give the task to a group of charities and private providers. Justifying this transition to a scheme it called Job Network, the Howard government argued that finding jobs for the unemployed wasn’t core government business.
TERRY MORAN – January 2018
Former Head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Terry Moran, says whoever sold the filing cabinets containing the government papers should be sacked.
CPD – January 2018
Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia’s former Foreign Minister delivers the inaugural John Menadue Oration, the headline event launching the 10th Anniversary Series of the Centre for Policy Development. One of the most respected foreign policy and international security thinkers of his generation, his address focuses on the health of democracy and the international rules-based order.
FELLOW CHRIS BONNOR – January 2018
Almost alone in Australia, New South Wales has been expanding its number of selective schools, accompanied each time by arguments about the need to increase choice and cater for the gifted and talented. And each time we are left with one less school for local students, together with an ongoing trail of collateral damage to other schools and overall student achievement.
CPD – January 2018
Well, that didn’t take long. When provocateur-in-chief Paul Keating goaded Malcolm Turnbull into putting the republic issue back on the agenda for about five minutes it told you more than you needed to know about the wretched state of Australian politics.
CPD – January 2018
2017 has been a spectacularly bad year for Australian democracy. People are saying that our politics is broken – and this isn’t just in response to a litany of tabloid headlines, though no doubts the proliferation of scandals has had an impact. Too often, formal politics just seems irrelevant to many Australians.
Roy Green – December 2017
The world’s biggest coal port has warned it must diversify from the commodity to ensure its future in a sign of how businesses are planning for a time without the fossil fuel. Australia’s Port of Newcastle, which shipped 161m tonnes of coal last year, said on Sunday the long-term outlook for coal was a threat to the port and the entire Hunter Valley region and it needed to diversify its business.
CPD – December 2017
While modern Australia has been shaped by waves of immigration, many newly-arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers have trouble finding work, no matter how much they want to. So what’s the best way to empower people into employment?
CPD – December 2017
Three quarters of voters say there is a need for democratic renewal in the form of a federal anti-corruption commission and a tougher code of conduct for MPs, as part of wider reforms that would also see a rejuvenated public sector return to service delivery.
CPD – December 2017
Most Australians want the government to create a federal anti-corruption commission, make its national agencies more independent and set four-year parliamentary terms, according to a new report led by one of the nation’s most respected former public servants.
CPD – November 2017
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has warned that insurers and banks need to prepare themselves for climate-related risks, or jeopardise their futures. That stark caution was delivered overnight during a speech to the Centre for Policy Development in Sydney.
Sam Hurley – November 2017
The prudential regulator has outlined plans to for an industry-wide review of climate-related disclosure, warning insurers, superannuation funds and banks they place their “futures in jeopardy” by ignoring risks related to climate change.
Sam Hurley and Kate Mackenzie – November 2017
Australian companies need to start developing sophisticated scenario-based analyses of climate risks, and incorporating them into their business outlooks so shareholders know how climate change will affect profitability, a thinktank has said.
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 – 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.
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.
FELLOW JOHN MENADUE – November 2017
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.
FELLOW IAN MCAULEY – OCTOBER 2017
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.
FELLOW JENNIFER DOGGETT – OCTOBER 2017
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.
FELLOW CHRIS BONNOR – OCTOBER 2017
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
FELLOW RYAN GOOS – SEPTEMBER 2017
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.