Category Archives: Australian Politics

MDGA

One more summit idea, this one from Alan Wu, who is in the governance stream. The Australia Commitments Like the Millennium Development Goals, but for Australia I believe that governments should be optimistic and ambitious – they should encourage and … Continue reading

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Imagining Australia – the Economy

Today brings the penultimate tranche of Imagining Australia ideas – these ones on growth and the economy. We envisage a dynamic and innovative Australia, with a sustainable economy to underpin the high standard of living enjoyed by all Australians. We explain … Continue reading

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Another Colombo?

Gregory Nelson, a 2020 participant in the national security stream, has sent me his idea that he thought might interest people. He’s happy to read comments below, or for people to email him at gregnelson {AT} iypf.org. The 1951 Colombo … Continue reading

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Imagining Australia – Strengthening Democracy

A few ideas on strengthening Australian democracy, from Imagining Australia. We believe that Australia needs to rekindle its spirit of democratic innovation and experimentation. We present proposals to reform our democratic institutions and processes to encourage greater public participation, improve the … Continue reading

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The Gregory Thesis

One more pair of 100-word blurbs, these from Bob Gregory. Big idea: Should the Lowest Income Groups pay the Highest Marginal Employment Taxes? Low income groups pay the highest effective marginal income tax rates – 50-70 per cent – upon accepting … Continue reading

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More summit statements

Here are Nicholas Gruen’s 2020 answers (you can discuss them here too if you prefer). 1. If you could do one thing in your stream area what would it be? What is it that you think would make the most … Continue reading

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Imagining Australia – Global Engagement

Following on from the Imagining Australia ideas on national identity, here are a few that relate to revamping our international engagement. We argue that freed from the constraints of the Cold War, enterprising middle powers-such as Australia-can take the lead in … Continue reading

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Summiteers' Suggestions

My friends Bryan Gaensler and Macgregor Duncan have given me permission to post their 2020 ideas. Bryan is in the productivity stream; Mac is in the governance stream. Bryan Gaensler What is your idea for the Summit? Tens of thousands … Continue reading

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Imagining Australia – National Identity

Four years ago, I coauthored Imagining Australia: Ideas for Our Future, with David Madden, Macgregor Duncan and Peter Tynan. One of the things we argued was that Australians should more often ask the question “what should the place look like … Continue reading

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Summit Stuff

The Australia 2020 summit has asked participants for a big idea and an issue upon which they’ve changed their minds. On Monday, I posted big ideas and mindchanging experiences from Amy King and Joshua Gans. Here are mine. What’s your big idea? … Continue reading

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The Kite Has Flown

Former Hawke-Keating minister John Button has just died. The Australian has a long obituary on their website. I met Button a few times, but the only substantive conversation we had was the first time, in the early-1990s, when I was writing … Continue reading

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May 100 words bloom

[Update: I’ve added Amy’s mind-changer. Joshua’s is here.] My friend and coauthor Amy King is in the governance stream for the Australia 2020 summit, and has kindly allowed me to post her 100-word big idea (and 100-word mindchanging experience) for the … Continue reading

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Gans 2020

My coauthor Joshua Gans is a well-deserved invitee to the 2020 summit, and blogs on the ideas he’ll bring to the table. For Joshua, I think the tradeoff will be between contributing to every policy debate on offer; versus making a … Continue reading

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Leadership by the Famous Paul 't Hart

My political science colleague Paul ‘t Hart is giving a talk on Wednesday (details here) on the topic ‘Leadership by the Famous: Celebrity as Political Capital’. Here’s the paper. For a more ascerbic perspective on the same topic, here’s Michael … Continue reading

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You can take the man out of the legal profession…

The federal government today opted not to make a specific recommendation to the Australian Fair Pay Commission as to the level of the minimum wage. To my mind, this is eminently sensible. I cannot think of another instance in which … Continue reading

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Summit to talk about

Kevin Rudd has announced the chairs of the 2020 summit panels. Professor Glyn Davis – Chair Dr David Morgan – Future directions for the Australian economy Warwick Smith – Economic infrastructure, the digital economy and the future of our cities … Continue reading

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The Politics of Hope

My AFR oped today is on Barack Obama and the politics of hope. Full text over the fold.

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And he calls himself an ozeconblogger?

Apologies for not having posted on the two big economic issues of the week in Australian politics: the NAIRU and the Garnaut interim report. Just one of those weeks, I’m afraid. Fortunately, Joshua Gans and John Quiggin (inter alia) have … Continue reading

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Leap Year Talk

I’m giving a talk at the end of the month at the University of Queensland. Details below. Are State Elections Affected by the National Economy? Evidence from Australia (with Mark McLeish) 10.30am – 12.00pm Friday, 29 February  Room 106, Colin … Continue reading

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Go easy on the local kids, y'hear?

As is well known, Australian students in grades 3, 5, 7, and 9 will be sitting their first nationwide test on 13-15 May 2008. But something I haven’t seen mentioned in the press is that the tests will be marked at … Continue reading

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Sorry

I’m flying to Sydney on Wednesday (to give a lunchtime seminar at the RBA), so will unfortunately miss the chance to pop down to Parliament House at 9am and witness the historic parliamentary apology to the Stolen Generations. Any readers … Continue reading

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Getting a bit fat around the middle?

In the AFR earlier this week, La Trobe Professor Don Harding predicted that when Kevin Rudd’s 2020 Summit rolls around, not one of the proposals will entail a spending cut. That won’t be true if they invite Fred Argy. In … Continue reading

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A bipartisan make-work program for political journalists

Quite a day of surprises. Julia Gillard is superhuman, but I’ve never imagined that one person could run industrial relations and education. Even given his victory, Rudd’s dropping of 4 members of the left and centre faction from the ministry is … Continue reading

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It never rains, it pours

Amidst Bernie Banton and the gloriously witty Matt Price passing away; and Mark Vaile and Clare Martin quitting politics, I’ve been rather too stunned to post. But feel free to discuss them in comments – or speculate on whether Glyn … Continue reading

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All Over by Eight

University of Newcastle economist Steve Easton emails with a tidbit from election night. I thought you might be interested in the data presented in the attached spreadsheet. This is the first time to my knowledge that there has been active … Continue reading

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Where's sense in gittin' sour?

Inspired by CJ Dennis, Peter Costello has announced that he won’t contest the leadership. I guess it’s Turnbull for opposition leader, then. When it resumes, parliament should be nothing if not entertaining. Update: Sportingbet has opened a market in who … Continue reading

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Sunday-Morning Quarterbacking

Taking advantage of the time zones, Christine Neill emails from Canada with a spreadsheet comparing two predictors of the seat-by-seat results: Simon Jackman’s state-specific poll aggregation, and Simon’s last capture of Portlandbet’s seat-by-seat markets. With several seats still in play, … Continue reading

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Labor Wins

There’s no sign yet of a concession speech from the PM, but there seems little doubt that Labor’s won. I might post something more substantial later, but since I just had my first call from a journalist asking how well … Continue reading

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Betting Roundup

Almost election-eve, and Simon Jackman posts the latest betting market predictions. Database last updated at 12:01 November 22 2007 (Sydney time) Analysis tracks prices offered by three agencies: Centrebet, Portlandbet, Sportingbet ALP favoured to win in 80 of 150 seats (# … Continue reading

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Well, he does represent Paddington

In releasing our candidate gender paper yesterday, Amy King and I wrote in the press release: In a federal electorate with 100,000 voters, this means that a woman running for office would receive 600 fewer votes than a man representing … Continue reading

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