Free Conference Tickets

I’m speaking at this year’s ‘Policy Exchange’ conference, organised by the thinktank Per Capita. They’ve offered me two free invitations to the conference (valued at $1089 apiece), so I thought it might be nice to allocate them to blog readers.

If you think that you might like an invitation:

  1. See whether the conference strikes your fancy – details here. Speakers include Julia Gillard, Jenny Macklin, Subho Banerjee, Joshua Gans, and Cheryl Kernot.
  2. Check that you’re available on 20-21 October, and living in Canberra (or confident that you can travel here for the conference).
  3. In 100 words or less, use the comments thread to set out a new and interesting policy idea. My preference will be for things that I’ve never heard of before.
  4. Entries close at midnight on 13 October.

You can use the comments thread at or (this entry is crossposted).

Update: Joshua adds his freebies to the mix, so we now have four tickets to offer.

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6 Responses to Free Conference Tickets

  1. Hersh Sahai says:

    Federal Govt to subsidise a national online higher education program where students can obtain a tertiary qualification in an online setting. Pooling the most talented experts in each field to deliver a course to students across the country. Online videos, podcasts and reference links will assist students sufficiently to obtain materials to learn the course as intended by the lecturer. Exam and assignment set by the lead professor, with the best tutors being selected across the country to tend to consultations using web-share applications such as SameTime Unyte. This kind of specialised, far reaching, higher education will surely enhance the skill sets of young Australians… Not to mention enhancing the exportability of our education services.

  2. Kevin Cox says:

    The Federal Government issues transferrable rights to zero interest loans to all Australian residents where the loan money must be invested in ways to reduce green house gas concentrations. There is a limit on the number of rights issued per year. Borrowers must show how each dollar invested will reduce the ghg concentration by a minimum amount and the actual ghg reductions resulting from the investment must be reported. The loans are cancelled by repayments from the cash flow generated by the investments. The government guarantees the money from the loans that are never going to be cancelled.

  3. Steve Thomas says:

    School partnerships

    A criticism of improving access to schools is that popular schools’ rolls fill up meaning some families can miss out on the school they prefer for their child. This problem could be solved partly by allowing schools the freedom to form partnerships with schools whose rolls decrease. This would allow popular schools to offer more of the kind of education that parents want on a different site and make best use of existing school capacity. Popular schools could also share teaching, managerial and governance expertise with schools that have declining rolls, creating an opportunity to improve partnering schools’ teacher quality and leadership culture.

  4. Richard Beaton says:

    since there are only 3..

    The Nursepital
    A major cost of hospitals, primary health care is doctors wages. Doctors also have a lot of power in the running of the hospital. The Nursepital is a primary health care facility staffed mainly by nurses using ‘expert systems’ for primary diagnosis and a small number of doctors for consultation where required. The nursepital could also serve as a birthing centre.

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