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The world is run by those who show up

What kind of leader am I, if I’m a leader at all? I think I am a policy influencer. I’m not a minor influencer but I’m not a major one either, and so how do I fulfil this public image of the leader? Read More

The birth of syphilis surveillance in Melbourne

Congenital syphilis has re-emerged as a problem in Australia, with health authorities now urging pregnant women to get tested for the disease. Far from being eradicated, syphilis has been on the rise steadily in Victoria since 2002, almost a century after Australia’s anxiety about the spread of syphilis reached its peak. Read More

How much behavioural conditionality is too much?

Internationally, the payment of welfare benefits is increasingly being made contingent on a diverse array of behavioural conditions from attending parenting classes, to sending children to school and getting them immunised. We need more debate about the threat this growing regime of surveillance and punishment poses to citizens’ autonomy. Read More

Reinventing government starts at the local level

Terry Moran is a man of firm convictions and has been an outspoken critic of managerialist approaches to policy-making -- particularly of top-down (or centre-out) outsourced models. But should we reject these models completely? And if so, what should be in their place? He speaks to the Centre for Public Impact's Sarah Novak. Read More

Finalised APS Review must be a ‘strategic masterpiece’ to survive whichever party wins government

If there is a change of government, the questions are, would Labor continue the review, abandon it, or reconstitute it, and where would it lead in terms of policy and legislation? These are questions that the federal opposition isn’t yet in any real position to answer, other than taking a sensible ‘interested observer’ stance. Much might depend on what they find if and when they get into the departments and look at the books. Read More

Budgeting for drought

Some forms of government assistance can help facilitate adjustment to drought, including support for those small-business families facing poverty, as well as helping people to make better decisions when it comes to planning and preparing. On the other hand, ad hoc handouts to farm businesses in the form of subsidies for interest, freight and transport can have undesirable effects in terms of Australia’s national productivity and equity. Read More

Education for humans in an AI world

Today's disrupted and disrupting environment presents challenges and opportunities that have government, industry, enterprise and education grappling to strategically re-orientate for a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world. As technology increasingly shapes our terrain, it’s human interactions that will matter more. Read More