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John Menadue. Democratic Renewal; Vested interests and the subversion of the public interest?

This is a repost from May 13, 2015. There are many key public issues that we must address such as climate change, growing inequality, tax avoidance, budget repair, an ageing population, lifting our productivity and our treatment of asylum seekers. … Continue reading

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ROSS GARNAUT. Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. Part 1.

The Challenge of Globalisation. I will be posting in two parts, extracts from an address which Professor Ross Garnaut gave to the Sydney Democracy Network, University of Sydney, 7 September 2016.  the full text of his address can be found … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Democratic renewal.

Vested interests and the subversion of the public interest. There are many key public issues that we must address such as climate change, growing inequality, tax avoidance, budget repair, an ageing population, lifting our productivity and our treatment of asylum … Continue reading

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GEORGE RENNIE. How interest groups influence politicians and the public to get what they want.

We see their spokespeople quoted in the papers and their ads on TV, but beyond that we know very little about how Australia’s lobby groups get what they want. This is the first article in our series on the strategies, … Continue reading

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IAN VERRENDER. Election 2016: Who would want to inherit this budget mess?

This election isn’t one that anyone would want to win. The global economy is uncertain, our debt is rising, and it seems we’ll be relying on luck rather than management to avoid a recession, writes Ian Verrender. It was hardly … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The health insurance lobby at work at the expense of the public interest.

For many years, Ian McAuley and I have been highlighting the damage to our health system and the Australian economy as a result of the $11 b. p.a. subsidy to the private health insurance industry.  We have highlighted the following … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Part 1. How we deliver health care is as important as the funding of health care. Medicare has degenerated into a payments system

Part 1 of these articles will focus on the inefficient way we deliver health care, the many perverse incentives and the power of vested interests to resist reform in health care delivery. Part 2 will focus more particularly on examples … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Rent-seekers and the hollowing out of democracy

‘Rent-seeking’ is a term understood by most economists. It refers to the ability of powerful groups to extract special concessions and favours at the expense of the wider community. I noted a good illustration of rent-seeking by bloggist Ben Chu … Continue reading

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Alex Wodak. The current imbalance between public and private interests. 

The public interest, meaning ‘the welfare or wellbeing of the general public’, has always competed with private interests. Furthermore, public and private interests will always be in competition. What is so unusual about the current tension is the extreme imbalance: these … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Health Policy Reform: Part 3 – Principles for reform

In Part 1 of this series I described the areas in our health sector that need reform. In Part 2 I spoke of the obstacles, particularly those imposed by vested interests in the health sector to protect their own interests … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Health Policy Reform: Part 2 – Why reform is difficult. Health ministers are in office but not in power.

In Part 1 on health policy reform I outlined the main areas where health reform is necessary. In Part 2 I examine the reasons why I think health reform is so hard. In part 3 I will consider ways in … Continue reading

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