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

Apr 30, 2015

 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 at the expense of informed public discussion of important policy issues.

As a community we have become concerned about the trustworthiness of our political, business and media institutions. Insiders and vested interests are undermining the public interest. Money is unduly influencing political decisions. There is gridlock on important issues like climate change and taxation. We are not satisfied with ‘small target ‘politics.

After a near death experience Tony Abbott says he is open to new thinking and ways of governing. Time will tell. Bill Shorten says 2015 will be the year of ideas. Let’s see.

On May 11 in this blog- Pearls and Irritations– we will begin a series of articles on important policy issues. There will be over forty articles on sixteen policy areas from over thirty contributors. The series will run for four to five weeks.

Each of the policy articles will be about 2000 words. They will be realistic, given our political and financial constraints.

Ken Henry will be introducing the series.

ATF Press plan to publish these policy articles in book form later this year  

Policy Series.  Areas to be canvassed

Economic policy
Fixing the budget 
(Michael Keating)
(Michael Keating, John Menadue)
(Michael Keating)
Job creating and participation
(Michael Keating)
Foreign policy  (Stephen Fitzgerald, Richard Butler, Cavan Hogue, Stuart Harris, John McCarthy)
Security, both military and soft power  (Michael Wesley)
Health  (John Menadue, Jennifer Doggett {co-payments}, James McGinty {workforce})

Development of our human capital in the fields of education, science, innovation, research and development (Glenn Withers, Chris Bonnor {schools}, Glenn Withers {Universities})
Transport and infrastructure (Michael Keating)
Population/migration/refugees (John Menadue, Peter Hughes, Arja Keski-Nummi)
Welfare priorities (Andrew Podger, Peter Whiteford)
Retirement incomes (Michael Keating, Andrew Podger)
Indigenous affairs (Fred Chaney , Michael Gracey)
Communications and the Arts (Kim Williams {Arts}, Terry Flew {media regulation in internet world}, Julianne Shultz {cultural identity}, Rob Nicholls {NBN})
Environment and climate change (Ross Garnaut, Lesley Hughes, Brendan Mackay)
Inequality (Peter Whiteford, Michael Keating, Ian McAuley)
The role of government (Michael Keating, John Menadue, Ian McAuley)
Democratic renewal – the lack of trust in government and the hollowing out of our  political parties (Ian Marsh, John Menadue, Barry Jones)
Internal security and freedom (Stephen Zifcak {Human Rights Act/Charter}, Peter Timmins)


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