Weekly roundup Saturday 23 October

Arcade in Melbourne house

Melbourne before its long lockdown. Is life returning to the city?

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

Pandemic politics

Victoria and New South Wales — an experiment in progress. What do those vaccination percentages really mean? Why you'd be safer in Portugal than in Engand

The politics and economics of climate change

How the rest of the world sees us. Sorry, Scott, Net zero 2050 is meaningless

Other economics

Who and who hasn't shared in this century's higher incomes. Shoddy housing.

Other politics

Siev-X. Australia's new president.

Biden's progress

If you think our parliament is tricky, spare a thought for Joe. Big money lines up against the Democrats.

Polls and surveys

We want infrastructre as long as it's green. People in the bush don't love any politicians very much.


Australia Institute. Joe Walker's Jolly Swagman. UTS Uncomfortable Conversations.

Nessun Dorma

Münster awakens.

If you have feasted yourself on this selection, Australian websites with regular comment and analysis on economic and political developments include The Conversation, The Grattan Institute, Inside Story, The Lowy Institute, Michael West Media, Open Forum, Pearls and Irritations.

If you have comments, corrections, or links to other relevant sources, I’d like to hear from you. Please send them to Ian McAuley — ian, at the domain name ianmcauley.com