Weekly roundup Saturday 4 June


Early winter for a new government

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

What the election outcome revealed

It was the economy that swung voters, but not in the way the Coalition imagined. How the numbers look from the Coalition’s side – a wipeout. The Dutton opposition. The Coalition’s long-term shrinkage.

The Albanese government in office

Leadership – will Albo lead or will he just be a “leader”? Executive government and Parliament – will Labor respect parliament in a way that the previous government didn’t? A First Nations voice to Parliament – building the case for “yes”. An Australian head of state: it’s about more than symbols.

Economic policy

A newly-minted finance minister explains fiscal policy. The Reserve Bank – does it need a shake-up? AGL’s near death and possible resurrection. National accounts – profits up, wages down. Covid-19 and other viruses, and how immunization makes you vote Labor.

Public ideas

The World Economic Forum questions traditional inflation targets in monetary policy and takes us beyond our nineteenth century master-servant ideas of employment. Is inequality inevitable?

Webinars, podcasts and readings.

A few changes in this regular part of the roundup.


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