Federal

Does Australia’s flag need to be changed? Simple answer: NO!

George Brown argues why we don’t need to change the Australian flag In what has become a tedious tradition that repeats itself almost every national holiday or significant event that champions our historical heritage and connections with England, the ‘change the Aussie flag’ debate will almost undoubtedly rear its ugly head in the lead-up to … Continue reading

Federal

The Anti-Pravda: The Australia, Partisan Media and the Quality of Political Debate

Francis Cardell-Oliver on News Limited in Australia Amid calls from the Greens for an inquiry into the media of this country, elements of the Murdoch press have leapt quickly to their own defence. A selection from the letters page of The Australian gives a taste of the rhetoric: ‘The Australian excels with [sic] objectivity and … Continue reading

Domestic / Federal

The Adam Smith Economist: The Public Policy Economist

An argument that modern public policy should take a leaf out of Adam Smith’s book. The increased influence of mathematics in economics has led to modern economics becoming a field dominated by abstract theoretical discussion, not public policy.  But economics is not a field which should merely describe, in an abstract way, social interaction. Continue reading

Domestic / Federal

Food Freedom

An argument for radical change to Australia’s food laws. It’s very difficult to approach a subject of public knowledge such as this without sounding trite, patronising or outright offensive, so perhaps it’s best to be blunt and get to the point. The Australian population is getting fatter. The average Australian person is increasing their weight … Continue reading

Federal

Sickness in the System

An argument for centralised health care. This was probably our country’s best chance for real reform in the health system. Instead we’ve had another abject failure from the Labor government at the recent Council of Australian Governments meeting (COAG). Patients and patients-to-be should be rueing another opportunity lost to tackle in the single biggest challenge … Continue reading