Weekly roundup Saturday 1 October
Back to work with a long “to do” list
Weekly roundup of links to articles, reports, podcasts and other media on current political and economic issues in public policy.
Constitutional and legal stuff
Most Australians like the idea of a Voice to Parliament, but their support is fragile. An Australian head of state – the monarchists have apathy and inertia on their side. A federal ICAC: let the negotiations begin.
A health check on democracy
Is America decaying or it just taking a short break from democracy? Elections: a loss by the centre-right in Italy and Sweden; keep an eye on Brazil. Julian Assange’s London – 23 hours day of confinement with occasional breaks to appear in humiliating court appearances.
Other public policy
We can avoid a recession if the RBA behaves itself. The Productivity Commission report on productivity paints a sad picture of our business culture. The government is cautiously addressing transport emissions. Energy prices: the bad news and the good news. Covid-19 – sorry we have to keep mentioning it.
An easy guide to Marx and Foucault. That pizza bar in Washington and other conspiracy theories. Why Brunswick, Balmain, and Burnside aren’t like Vienna but could be.
In sound and sight
Links to sources of webinars, podcasts and readings
If you have comments, corrections, or links to other relent sources, I’d like to hear from you. Please send them to Ian McAuley — ian, at the domain name ianmcauley.com