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The government has released its draft religious discrimination bill. How will it work?

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Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter has released a draft package of religious freedom bills, including the much-anticipated Religious Discrimination Bill. These bills respond to earlier inquiries into the protection of religious freedom under Australian law. They implement some of the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Religious Freedom (known as the Ruddock review).

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Private sector recruits don't have 'mystical powers', and have actually been responsible for many policy disasters. Why Simon Phemister still believes in 'frank and fearless'

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Twenty-eight years of economic prosperity has led to spending becoming the default policy lever, worries Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions boss Simon Phemister. Plus, why he thinks ministers do value frank and fearless advice and is wary of private-sector plants.

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The gap between assumptions and reality is a policymaker’s risk. To bridge it, you need a research goal and the right questions to ask

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When we want to be be perceived as having answers rather than as knowing what questions to ask, we are putting the cart before the horse. It means we end up prescribing activities with no clear goals. The best course of action is always determined by the sort of question we need to answer. Here are the mental traps to look out for.

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Advancing gender equality in Victoria Police took asking the right questions to unearth the surprising barriers holding back progress

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Two leaders in policing reflect on the practical changes they made to boost the number of women hired and promoted at Victoria Police. Doing so did more than just make itself look good on paper, but contributed to addressing its greatest operational challenge, keeping women and children safe in those contexts where they should be safest.