Weekly roundup Saturday 27 November

Think of something

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


Wages are rising more slowly than sea levels. State housing authorities to build apartment blocks in Double Bay, Toorak and Medindie. Other regions stuck in disadvantage. Poor broadband speeds see Australians reverting to telegrams. How to get real men into electric cars.


Why all politicians look the same. Are Morrison’s marketing skills waning? Australia never spied on Timor. Introducing the spivs laundering money for Lukashenko and Putin.

Public ideas

Pope Francis, Gramsci, Cicero, Shakespeare.

Pandemic politics

Introducing the gentlefolk demonstrating outside Victoria’s Parliament House. What vaccines and poker machines have in common.

Polls and surveys

Wouldn’t life be simpler for pollsters if we got rid of all those small parties and independents? Pollsters yet to discover the Senate.

Webinars and podcasts

Don’t forget the Schwartz 7am daily news podcast.

Something for the children

Electric cars simplified.

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