Weekly roundup Saturday 22 January

Think of something

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

That inscrutable virus

How Omicron keeps us all guessing. In Australia this wave is peaking, but what will the next wave look like? The source of bad policy – callousness or stupidity: let’s go for stupidity.

Australian politics (other than Coronavirus stuff-ups)

Doesn’t Morrison realize that the British were booted out of Asia 80 years ago and aren’t welcome back? Morrison does a favour for Macron, but he doesn’t realise it. One Nation to hold balance of power in the House of Representatives. Thoughts from Eureka Street writers.

Australian economics

If we want affordable housing change the rules of economics. Economists don’t understand money. Land rights – who got here first and what does it mean?

The world

Putin yearns for the good old days when people took Russia seriously. Who has done well from the pandemic. The World Economic Forum, not meeting in Davos, pursues a dangerously left-wing agenda. High-tax Nordic countries take top places in the quest for business talents. The BBC to be sold to Pravda.

A transport of delight

How to get people back on to public transport.

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