Weekly roundup Saturday 9 April


Somewhere in NSW: anyone care to nominate?

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

Australia’s enfeebled economy

IPCC warns that we must improve our climate change effort, but Labor is afraid to push it as an election issue. How the Coalition has given up on economic reform, and how to get it back on the agenda. More nasties discovered in the budget papers. Interest rates and inflation: will the RBA raise rates on May 3?

Australian politics

The 2007 Cook preselection battle re-visited: “I’m not racist but …”. How, with a little help, the Coalition can recover ground in Queensland. Morrison’s parting glass.

Elections and opinion polls

Elections in Serbia and Hungary prove that Putin can still count on his mates in Europe. Attitudinal polls of Chinese-Australians and of Indonesians. Polls still looking strong for Labor, but are they any more accurate than they were in 2019? (They were accurate in South Australia.) How Australians regard the budget: “helping the Coalition win the next federal election”.

The pandemic – it’s still raging

We all want it to go away, but it hasn’t. Although it’s not killing many people it’s spreading quickly, causing economic damage, but we’ve become complacent – and anxious at the same time.

Webinars, podcasts and readings

A fair bit of election chatter this week.

Meet Morrison’s legal team

Pre-selection stoushes in the New South Wales Liberal Party go back a long way.

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