The World's Social Laboratory?

My colleagues at ANU’s Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute are running a series of “Case Studies of Australian Social Policy” seminars. They have an impressive lineup, which I’ve reproduced over the fold.

Case Studies of Australian Social Policy
The Innovations Lecture Theatre, Innovations Building, ANU (map)
Monday Evenings, 5.30pm-7.00pm
These lectures are free and open to the public.

21 July Family Payments
Prof Peter McDonald, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, The Australian
National University

28 July Early Childhood Education and Care
Prof Deborah Brennan, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales

4 August Indigenous Housing
Dr Will Sanders, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National
University

11 August Australian Welfare Reform
Prof Robert Gregory, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University

18 August Private Health Insurance
Dr Jeromey Temple, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, The Australian
National University

25 August Retirement Incomes
Daryl Dixon, Executive Chairman, Dixon Advisory and Superannuation Services.

1 September Child Support
Dr Bruce Smyth, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, The Australian National University

8 September The Higher Education Contributions Scheme
Prof Bruce Chapman, The Crawford School, The Australian National University

Each lecture will trace the history of the policy and assess it against social policy principles such as horizontal equity, vertical equity, gender equity, intergenerational equity, affirmative action, simplicity and transparency, efficiency, fiscal responsibility, social acceptability and, most importantly, that it enhances the quality of the service to which it is addressed. The lecture will end with a discussion of the current operation of the policy.

Enquiries: Jenny White, ADSRI Public Information Officer: 61253629, jenny.white AT anu.edu.au. http://adsri.anu.edu.au
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