Weekly roundup: 12,000 asylum-seekers are still in limbo

Feb 18, 2023
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How do these new house owners (Whitlam ACT) rate the RBA’s way of attacking inflation?

House prices are falling, a by-election in Aston, and 12 000 asylum-seekers are still in limbo. Read on for the Weekly roundup of links to articles, reports, podcasts and other media on current political and economic issues in public policy.


How the Reserve Bank’s statements have spooked the market and caused unnecessary pain: perhaps the real problem lies with reliance on the crude mechanisms of monetary policy. Housing: prices are falling but so far that’s just deflation of the pandemic bubble. The government’s approach to labour relations recognizes the complexity of workplaces. Consumers’ behaviour in markets is distorted by manipulative website design and greenwashing.


Almost everything you need to know about the coming Aston by-election resulting from Tudge’s resignation. The Coalition is 100 years old, and is showing its age. Don’t celebrate the passing of temporary protection visas: there are still 12 000 asylum-seekers in limbo. Worldwide, including in Australia, people in democracies are still losing trust in governments and the media.

Health policy

Why we need a centre for disease control to deal with chronic disease. How the government is stalling on health care reform, as successive governments have been since 1974. More on health risk factors – don’t live alone in the bush.

Public ideas

At last Americans discover the political virtue of preferential voting.

Welcome to Country with conviction

Can we carry out this important ceremony with more meaning?

Links to sources of webinars, podcasts and readings

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