8 February 202 It has become a cliché : “She/he is a glass-half-full sort of person”, playing out as we enter 2021 after the Covid-19 disruptions of 2020. Some are optimistic about this new year; some are lamenting social and economic disruptions carrying forward, focusing on the scale of the problems facing us. At Social […]
Callum Foote. 8 February 2021 The Government’s fetish for deregulation plays right into the hands of predatory multinationals Uber and Deliveroo, which exploit Australia’s tax and labour laws to siphon profits overseas. Michael West and Callum Foote report on Uber’s exploitation and the prospective tsunami of lawsuits rolling its way. Picture the Uber or Deliveroo […]
Paul Wright. 8 February 2021 In the lead-up to Survival Day this year, three key reports have been released, the Interim Report to the Australian Government by the Indigenous Co-Design team on the Voice, the Human Rights Watch World Report for 2021, and the 2021 State of Reconciliation in Australia Report released last week by […]
Ian Chubb. 8 February 2021 We could secure a spectacular future for ourselves and help the planet. Instead the federal government dodges the hard decisions; it passes the buck. Fortunately, state and territory governments are stepping up to the plate. New analysis shows that Australia needs to cut emissions by at least 50% by 2030 […]
An urgent call to all people of goodwill to unite in a politics of brother/sisterhood. My title, I hope, captures the central concern of Pope Francis’s encyclical, Fratelli tutti, a long and wide-ranging document. It can be read as the third in a trilogy preceded in 2015 by Laudato Sí‘, and Laetitia Amoris. Each of […]
Peter Whiteford Crawford School of Public Policy Australian National University 1 December 2020. The Robodebt class action bought by Gordon Legal has been settled at a cost to the government of around $1.2 billion. According to federal Labor frontbencher Bill Shorten, this is the biggest class action in Australian legal history. This comprised refunds of […]
Richard Holden. Vital signs: a global carbon price could soon be a reality. Australia should prepare.
Richard Holden UNSW 1 December 2020. As well as restoring dignity to the Oval Office, another thing which will definitely change under a Biden presidency is US policy on the environment. Biden’s plan for “a clean energy revolution and environmental justice” includes rejoining the Paris Agreement on climate change, investing US$1.7 trillion over the next […]
Brendan Coates, Matthew Cowgill, Tim Helm. JobMaker is nowhere near bold enough. Here are four ways to expand it.
1 December 2020. The government has targeted its JobMaker Hiring Credit too narrowly. The scheme to go before the Senate this week will give employers who take on someone aged 16 to 29 years who has been on JobSeeker or a related benefit a bonus of A$200 per week, and a bonus of $100 per […]
Peter Whiting Editorial. Equality in our society & urgent action on climate change should be priorities for Australian governments.
The latest ACOSS/UNSW report on Poverty in Australia, released this year, makes for sobering reading. By the measures used in the report, over 3 million Australians live in poverty, including over 750 thousand children, or approximately one in six children. The underlying reasons for poverty are varied and complex, but some relationships stand out. In […]
1 December 2020 A team led by renowned Stanford University futurist Tony Seba says most of the world can transition to 100 percent wind, solar, and storage electricity grids within the coming decade, in what it describes as the fastest, deepest, and most profound disruptions ever seen in the energy industry. The RethinkX team led […]
1 December 2020 The Brereton Report will shine a light on alleged war crimes committed by Australian forces in Afghanistan. It is expected that a culture of impunity within the special forces will be highlighted as a significant factor in perpetuating crimes against Afghan civilians. Any change that is to occur as a result of […]