Why the Coalition likes wrecking constitutional reform – Weekly roundup

Mar 25, 2023
A can of bureaucrats
John Gorton Building Canberra, a concentration of public servants. Or are they servants of the ruling party?

Why the Coalition likes wrecking proposals for constitutional reform; a politicised and enfeebled public service; and people versus poker machines in the NSW election. Read on for the Weekly Roundup of links to articles, reports, podcasts and other media on current political and economic issues in public policy.

Our submissive public service

The Robodebt commission is not only about the scheme’s legality: it’s also about a politicised and enfeebled public service. How consulting firms took over the public service.

Economics

How to get a pay rise – change jobs, change industry, change your occupation. How the smart people in finance didn’t see inflation coming. Bank collapses – what it means for the cost of capital.

The Voice

More legal wisdom – it’s important, but there’s nothing to fear. Why the Coalition likes wrecking proposals for constitutional reform. The still-wide gap.

Other public policy

New South Wales election – the people versus poker machines. Re-capturing public space.

Public ideas

Why is the left so boringly sincere? Stan Grant ponders what the world will look like in 2050. Can the media re-publish anything it likes?

A selection of wholesome popular music

Links to sources of webinars, podcasts and readings

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