Weekly roundup Saturday 4 December

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

The economy

Horticulturalists welcome immigrants willing to work for Bangladesh wage levels. Australia’s dormant capitalists. Stuff in the national accounts that you won’t read in The Telegraph. The public spirit of bankers and publicans. How Treasury derails a fast train. If the young can just be patient housing will be affordable by 2050.


Why the Chinese Communist Party is more representative of the Chinese people than the Labor and Liberal Parties are of the Australian people. How the Coalition’s pork barrel works – or doesn’t work. Intelligence agencies uncover a political movement even further to the right than the National Party. Rugby League officials disgusted by uncouth and sexist behaviour in Parliament House.

Pandemic politics

Why did we skip over the Greek alphabet from Delta to Omicron? What’s really odd about Canberra. Public health officials predict that everyone fully vaccinated will die.

The long election campaign

It’s on. How the media will provide plenty of entertainment to save us from having to think about public policy.

Webinars and podcasts

Some of them finishing for the year.


Two political transitions on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

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