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 public discussion of important policy issues.

As a community we have become concerned about the trustworthiness of our political, business and media elite. 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.

After a near death experience Tony Abbott has said the he is open to new thinking and ways of governing. Time will tell. Bill Shorten has said that 2015 will be the year of ideas. We hope so.

From early May in this blog we will be posting a series of articles on important policy issues. Mike Keating and I will be joint editors.

 There will be over 40 policy articles .Each of the articles will be about 2000 words.

They will be   realistic, given our political and financial constraints.

It is planned that these policy articles will be published in a book by ATF Press in October/November this year  

Policy areas to be canvassed

Economic policy
Fixing the budget

Job creation and participation
Foreign policy
Security, both military and soft power
Development of our human capital in the fields of education, science,  research and development and innovation.
Transport and infrastructure
Welfare priorities.
Retirement incomes
Indigenous affairs
Communications, the arts, media and culture.
Environment and climate change
Role and responsibilities of government
Democratic renewal – the lack of trust in government and the hollowing out  of our political  parties.
Internal security and freedom.



John Laurence Menadue is the publisher of Pearls & Irritations. He has had a distinguished career both in the private sector and in the Public Service.

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

  1. Avatar Leonie Wilbow says:

    Looking forward to hearing an important voice.

  2. Avatar Ian Webster says:

    Dear Johan and Mike,
    it is a great idea. We look forward to the series.

  3. Avatar Peter Shillito says:

    Looking forward to these policy articles John. A bit surprised to see one of the most important areas requiring a shake up does not get a guernsey: Housing – supply, affordability, tax treatment, mal investment in, foreign buyers, potential impact on the economy of a major downturn, etc.

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