Monthly Archives: September 2004

Who's Going to Win on Oct 9?

Here at the Imagining Australia blog, we prefer to focus on policy and visions for the future. But that’s not to say that we think electioneering is irrelevant. Labor and the Coalition are offering substantially different platforms, and the question … Continue reading

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Labor's Tax Policy

So Labor’s long-awaited tax policy is finally out. You can download it from the ALP website. The detail is complex, but the basic thrust of the proposal is the removal of Family Tax Benefit Part B (a benefit directed primarily … Continue reading

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Global Warming

In a recent speech, NSW Premier Bob Carr noted a few startling new statistics on climate change:  The frequency of extremely high tides in Sydney (more than 2.2 metres) has tripled since 1950.  The average sea level of … Continue reading

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"Bright sparks in the gloom"

The SMH have finally reviewed Imagining Australia. Here’s part of what Michelle Arrow had to say: Reading Imagining Australia left me both inspired and depressed. Inspired, because many of the ideas in this book are innovative and deserve a run; … Continue reading

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A Liberal Arts Education

One of the ideas we propose in Imagining Australia is that the nation should rediscover the value of a liberal arts education — by requiring all undergraduate degrees to be four years long, and establishing a dedicated liberal arts university … Continue reading

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A contest of ideas?

So the election is finally underway. It doesn’t take a political genius to know that this is going to be a nasty, bruising campaign. When we were launching Imagining Australia we were often asked about our thoughts on this election. … Continue reading

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Do polls lie?

In an oped in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, I make the simple point that opinion polls have a margin of sampling error. While the best US journalists and newspapers tend to incorporate this into their analysis, Australian articles often ignore … Continue reading

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