1 November 2020. Too often, the public debate is about whether regulation should be decreased. Regulation typically exists for a reason, however, and the issue should be how to regulate effectively. The Prime Minister has embraced deregulation as a prominent feature of his reform agenda. But what does that mean? For businesses, the catchcry of […]
1 November 2020. The new social encyclical of Pope Francis is a cry for those oppressed by poverty, hunger, and exclusion, protesting against the injustice of a world with so much wealth failing to do enough for everyone to have the opportunity for a reasonably good life. Not surprisingly, Francis drew from the parable of […]
Click on the links to read these articles in full. Whither Australia, with a ‘fair go’, decent work, & stable housing for everyone? Peter Whiting Editorial Economists are worried about the depth of this pandemic-led recession, and their public advice to the Treasurer is that the government will need to spend unprecedented sums to sustain […]
Frank Jotzo. ‘A dose of reality’: Morrison government’s new $1.9b techno-fix for climate change is a small step.
Frank Jotzo. The Morrison government on 17 September announced A$1.9 billion over ten years to develop clean technology in industry, agriculture and transport. In some ways it’s a step in the right direction, but a far cry from what’s needed to drive Australia’s shift to a low emissions economy. The big change involves what the […]
Mark Diesendorf. Angus Taylor’s tech roadmap is fundamentally flawed — renewables are do-able almost everywhere.
Mark Diesendorf UNSW. The Morrison government in late September revealed the five low-emissions technologies it will prioritise for investment. The so called ‘technology roadmap‘ offers scant support for renewable energy, for reasons which do not stand up to scrutiny. The technologies at the centre of the roadmap are: clean hydrogen energy storage low-carbon steel and […]
Vivienne Skinner & Phillippa Carnemolla. If we realised the true cost of homelessness, we’d fix it overnight.
Vivienne Skinner University of Technology Sydney.Phillippa Carnemolla University of Technology Sydney. Australia’s six-month moratorium on evictions is due to end soon. Some states have extended the moratorium, but when it ends it’s likely to force even more Australians than ever into housing insecurity and outright homelessness. The moral and health arguments for housing people are […]
Hal Pawson et al. After COVID, we’ll need a rethink to repair Australia’s housing system & the economy.
Hal Pawson UNSW, Bill Randolph UNSW, Chris Leishman, Duncan Maclennan University of Glasgow. A new report from the New South Wales Productivity Commission (NSWPC) announces that “[higher] housing costs […] impose broader economic costs”. That chimes with our own newly published research. The implication is that Australia’s heavily capitalised housing market will weigh down economic […]
Download a printable version of this SPC News.Follow the links to read articles in full. Signs of hope despite the gloom. Editorial Peter Whiting The tree outside my window is showing the first promises of Spring. The white blossom is just emerging, and with a few warm days will be in full flush, declaring winter […]
Review : To Live Life to the Full: Mental Health in Australia Today. The Australian Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement 2020 The ideology of neoliberalism which has enthralled Western governments in particular for some three decades or so, has managed to redefine the meaning and purpose of society. Mutual attachments and obligations, the interdependence which […]
Reaganomics and Thatcherism were characterised by huge transfers of income and wealth from the poor to the rich, writes Roger Beale. Even such august institutions as the Productivity Commission argue that there’s little to be gained by going down the road of labour market flexibility. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has suggested we look to the Reagan […]
An alliance of Australia’s leading industry groups has called on governments to commit to reaching zero net emissions by 2050, warning that without a “coherent national response to climate change the future prosperity of the nation will be at risk”. The Australian Climate Roundtable, whose members represent the main business lobby groups including the BCA […]