Weekly roundup Saturday 5 November


Amateurs should keep their hands off electricity

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

Echoes of the budget

If only they hadn’t kept the tax cuts it would have been a good budget. People have had time to read the budget details and have even found a bit about franked dividends. Could the Reserve Bank be replaced by an algorithm?

Energy policy

Heaps of suggestions on electricity prices, including some good ones. The International Energy Agency’s outlook – peak coal is just around the corner and demand for gas is not growing.

Other public policy

Labour relations – business lobbies fear that capitalism may replace feudalism. Covid-19 will probably surge again, wrecking our holidays unless we get vaccinated. The opportunity cost of nine years of Coalition government. Labor squibs on pokie reform. Trade – the post-post-post Bretton Woods order. Noel Pearson appeals to our finest sentiments; monarchists appeal to our nostalgia.

Politics at home and abroad

Even though we have mixed feelings about the budget the government is still riding high in the polls. Bye-bye Bolsonaro. Denmark and Israel head in different directions.

Pubic ideas

Stan Grant on swans. Two essays on democracy. Why place matters. An obituary for neoliberalism.

Bangarra Dance Theatre

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