Category Archives: Freedom, opportunity and security series

Kim Williams. Creative Arts Policy Formulation

Policy Series  I have been giving presentations recently in which I have exhorted the creative community to accept responsibility for: – Writing refreshed meaningful arts policies for federal political parties to inform a renewed approach for support and activity; Forming … Continue reading

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Julianne Schultz. Comparative advantage. Culture, citizenship and soft power

Fairness, Opportunity and Security. Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. IT’S TIME TO think much more seriously about culture. For years we bought the Clinton truism, ‘It’s the economy, stupid’, but this simple binary no longer provides … Continue reading

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Michael Keating, Luke Fraser. Infrastructure: Improvement or Impoverishment?

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. To paraphrase Paul Keating, right now every galah in the pet shop seems to favour more infrastructure spending. The current Prime Minister wants ‘to be remembered as … Continue reading

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Andrew Podger. A fair, effective and sustainable retirement incomes system.

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. In his introduction to this series, Ken Henry said he could not recall a poorer quality debate, on almost any issue, than what we have had in … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. Improving Productivity.

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. After more than seventy years of ever increasing living standards Australians have come to expect further such increases as their right. But these increasing living standards are … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. Improving Employment Participation

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. The rate of employment participation and the productivity of those employees together determine the average per capita incomes of Australians, and therefore our living standards. In addition, … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. The Future of Federalism

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. Six months ago Tony Abbott announced that he wanted to ‘create a more rational system of government for the nation that we have undoubtedly have become’. A … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Making the Federation work better.

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. State governments spend about 25% of their budgets on health and another 25% on education. A cooperative arrangement between the commonwealth and state governments in one of … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. Taxation Reform

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue.  Oliver Wendell Holmes, the great American jurist, is reputed to have said, ‘I like to pay taxes. In this way I buy civilisation.’ However, in contrast to … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. Fixing the Budget – Part 2

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. The previous article on fixing the Budget concluded that the Government’s plan to balance the Budget by 2019-20 was not really credible. It relies too much on … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. Fixing the Budget – Part 1

Fairness, Opportunity and Security. Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. According to the Treasurer, Joe Hockey, the ‘timetable back to a budget surplus is unchanged from last year’. Furthermore, the Government is asking us to believe that … Continue reading

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Ian McAuley. Role of government

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. Australia to the 1980s – Government at the commanding heights For almost 200 years, from 1788 to the early 1980s, governments held the commanding heights of the … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. The Role and Responsibilities of Government.

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. Different possible conceptions of the responsibilities and roles of government are an important backdrop to the policies that will be examined later in this series of articles. … Continue reading

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Stuart Harris. What Australia’s Foreign Policy Should Look Like

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue.  The focus in Australia’s foreign policy has shifted back and forth between the global and the regional, and between multilateralism and bilateralism in economic and political relationships, … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Role of government . The importance of values.

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. Good government must be based on some broadly shared values that inspire and enthuse us. We can accept that our leaders must make some compromises from time … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Australian Foreign Policy

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue Summary. Australian Foreign Policy is dominated by fear, defence issues, the American Alliance and the search for votes in marginal electorates. We talk about the importance of … Continue reading

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Richard Butler. Foreign Policy. An Independent Australian Foreign Policy  

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. Summary: For fifty years, since Australia entered the war in Vietnam in 1965, Australian foreign policy has been made increasingly subservient to a specific concept of Australia’s … Continue reading

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John McCarthy. Foreign Policy. Australia, the United States and Asia.

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy Series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue In a conversation in October last year with two British foreign correspondents and a former Japanese Prime Ministerial foreign policy adviser, the subject turned to the United … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Democratic Renewal and our loss of trust in institutions

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue We speak often about the need for new ideas and policies to fill the void in the public debate. We will be examining these issues in this … Continue reading

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Ian Marsh. Part 2. Democratic Renewal: policy-making practice.

Fairness, Opportunity, Security. Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. In Part 1, I pointed out that the Westminster style two-party system is in trouble. Part 2. Implications for Policy Making Practice. At least four implications would seem … Continue reading

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Stephen FitzGerald. Security in the region.

Fairness, Opportunity and Security. A policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. Paul Keating and Gareth Evans used to claim, with justification, that by the mid-1990s Australia had become ‘the odd man in’ in Asia. This was in … Continue reading

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Ian Marsh. Part 1. Democratic Renewal: towards a post-majoritarian policy making structure?

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. Whoever wins the next election, the challenge of dealing with a hung Senate will almost certainly loom large. Perhaps also a hung House of Representatives. Malcolm Turnbull … Continue reading

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Ken Henry. Fairness, opportunity and security.

The policy series ‘Fairness, opportunity and security’ begins on Monday May 11. ‘I can’t recall a poorer quality public debate, on almost any issue, than what we have had in Australia in recent times.’  Ken Henry In December 1983 the … Continue reading

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LAUNCHING NEXT MONDAY. 11 May 2015. Policy Series

Fairness, Opportunity and Security A Policy Series to fill the policy vacuum. Edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. On May 11 in this blog- Pearls and Irritations– we will begin a series of articles on important policy issues. There … Continue reading

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COMING SOON. A policy series to fill the policy vacuum.

 COMING SOON.   11 May 2015 Fairness, Opportunity, Security. A Policy Series to fill the policy vacuum. Edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue There is growing public disquiet. The government and the opposition keep playing the political and personal game … Continue reading

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COMING SOON – Mike Keating and John Menadue (joint editors). POLICY SERIES

Mike Keating and John Menadue (joint editors) Fairness, Opportunity and Security -filling the policy vacuum There is a growing public disquiet that both the government and the opposition keep playing the political and personal game at the expense of informed … Continue reading

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