Weekly roundup Saturday 13 August


Australia needs more long, straight, strong railroads

Weekly roundup of links to articles, reports, podcasts and other media on current political and economic issues in public policy.

Public policy

Refugee appeals – a lottery stacked against the applicant. The slow train connecting two cities of five million. Gas guzzling cars – even the Americans are more environmentally responsible than us. The Reserve Bank makes Treasury look optimistic. Why schools are under stress – many reasons. How Vietnam came to have faster broadband than Australia. Why the humanities matter. The worldwide erosion of workers’ rights.

Australian politics

The Liberals’ Weltanschauung – it will all be OK once voters realize what a terrible mistake they made and come back to us. The Essential poll: we’re worried abut inflation, would like a First Nations Voice to Parliament, and want our politicians to pledge allegiance to Australia rather than to a foreign monarch.

The pandemic and other health policy

This peak has passed, but the load on our hospitals hasn’t, too many Australians are dying, and at the present rate we won’t be fully vaccinated before 2025.

Public ideas

Stan Grant brings us back to our senses. Reflections on racism. Mates.

Links to sources of webinars, podcasts and readings

Eleven interpretations of a jazz classic

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