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MICHAEL KEATING. An appreciation of Ian Marsh.

Ian Marsh who passed away last week, was a highly original thinker with the genuine curiosity of a true intellectual. Ian liked to describe himself as one of the last ‘Deakinite Liberals’. This apt description reflected: Ian’s contributions to industrial … Continue reading

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IAN McAULEY. Brexit, Trump and the Lucky Country 8 – Don’t wait for a “leader”: we need leadership.

We have many hard issues to confront but our present political elites are adept at avoiding them. It’s futile and dangerous to wait for a “leader” who will solve our problems. The task of leadership is one that falls on … Continue reading

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IAN MARSH. Trump’s Victory and Australian Politics

  A new anti-globalisation surge. Trump’s ascension no doubt creates new agenda challenges for Australia. But his campaign generated so many diverse and inconsistent statements that the policy landscape remains obscure. What is crystal clear is the gulf between elite … Continue reading

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IAN MARSH. Australia’s gridlocked Parliament.

  There is a structural contradiction at the heart of the new parliament. Two diametrically different political systems co-exist. Incentives and expectations are at cross purposes. Until this contradiction is addressed the prospects for major legislative change must be judged … Continue reading

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IAN MARSH. Our political system is in gridlock.

Longer term policy making in Australia. Longer term policy making in Australia is in a parlous state. The scale and significance of this problem is totally unrecognised. For example, since 1996 almost no contested measure that required legislative approval has … Continue reading

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Ian Marsh. What’s wrong with Australian politics? Part 3.

Here’s a puzzle. Over the past decade or so Australian politics has veered from one crisis to another. In that same period New Zealand has enjoyed effective and constructive government. What’s the difference? Let’s start with the different records. First … Continue reading

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Ian Marsh. Disaffected electorates? Dysfunctional political systems? Part 2 of 3.

Malcolm Turnbull’s has created the grounds for a July election. This crafty electoral ploy offers short term gains. If the cross bench resist, the election is legitimate. If the cross bench cave in, he will have demonstrated bold leadership. Moreover, … Continue reading

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Ian Marsh. What wrong with Australia’s political system? Part 1 of 3.

Most people are familiar with the power of incentives in economic markets. They know that efficient price signals can channel investment into productive assets and these same signals can drain funds from unconstructive pursuits. The same process more or less … Continue reading

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Ian Marsh. Will privatised schools and hospital drive public sector efficiency?

One of the first substantive announcements of Treasurer Scott Morrison concerned the privatisation of schools, hospitals and community services that are provided by State governments. He enthusiastically endorsed this 2012 Commission of Audit recommendation: ‘Given the size of the human … Continue reading

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Ian Marsh. Revolving Prime Ministers.

As has been widely noted, Malcolm Turnbull is our fifth prime minister in as many years. You have to go back to the 1901-1909 pre two-party period for a roughly similar record. Then it was six leaders in seven years. … Continue reading

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Ian Marsh. What wrong with Australia’s political system?

Most readers of this piece will not need lessons about the power of economic incentives. They know that efficient price signals can channel investment into productive assets and these same signals will drain funds from unconstructive pursuits. The same process … 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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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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