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Domestic policies

Good intentions – unintended outcomes

Peter Fritz's picture

Designing public policy in a multi-disciplinary world is difficult. Peter Fritz gives examples of policies with good intentions and unintended outcomes.

Acting versus reacting - planning your financial future

Michal Bodi's picture

We don’t have much control over the recent federal budget. Michal Bodi explains which steps we can take to plan our financial future with a family budget.

Budget 2014 and the politics of ‘class warfare’

Dominic O'Sullivan's picture

The national budget presented this week has been met with resistance and has become a serious electoral gamble. Dominic O’Sulllivan says that some of the budget’s more far reaching measures won’t pass the Senate.

Raising the pension age will hit most vulnerable

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The federal government is considering to raise the retirement age incrementally. Robin Harvey, Charles Sturt University lecturer in Gerontology, believes any move to increase the pension age would hit the most vulnerable older Australians hardest.

Boost adoption rate through national target

Jeremy Sammut's picture

Tony Abbott has ordered a committee to report on adoption in Australia in May. Jeremy Sammut urges the government to take action and boost the number of local adoptions from care.

WA Senate re-elections – what does it mean for voters?

Dominic O'Sullivan's picture

The Senate re-election in Western Australia has come and gone almost unnoticed by a seemingly disengaged public. Dominic O’Sullivan argues that to enhance the democratic credentials of our system we need to make sure that the act of voting is sufficiently clear for a vote to mean what the voter intends it to mean.

Inquiries and witch hunts

Sheenal Singh's picture

Tony Abbott has announced a Royal Commission into union corruption. Sheenal Singh says it’s not the first time the far-reaching powers of a Royal Commission have touched the union movement.

To fix the Federation we must harness the digital revolution

James Horne's picture

There are longstanding structural conflicts between the federal and state governments. James Horne, visiting Fellow in public policy/water at Australian National University, argues that we need to fundamentally rethink the allocation of roles and responsibilities.

Time to scrap the charity commission

Helen Rittelmeyer's picture

There have been calls to slash the charity regulator, the ACNC. Helen Rittelmeyer, Policy Analyst at CIS, urges the government to stay firm in abolishing the charity commission and reduce red tape in the not for profit sector.

The future of unions in Australia

Ian McAuley's picture

Paul Howes, head of the Australian Workers Union, has called for a ‘grand compact’ to reduce conflict between business, unions and government. Ian McAuley says we still need unions, but they and other social and political institutions in our country need reconfiguring.