Weekly roundup Saturday 19 November


Nice campus, pity students can’t afford to come (ANU concourse)

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

Public policy

Workplace legislation – multi-employer bargaining could help our lowest-paid and isn’t going to bring about industrial strife or a spike in inflation. Our companies need to be on the lookout for slavery in their supply lines. A possible new deal for universities after the Morrison government’s assault on learning and scholarship. How Australia goes to war – without much scrutiny. Covid-19 – a costly nuisance but this wave is not as deadly as previous ones. Bitcoin exposed. Social media’s antisocial behaviour.

Reports from COP27 – an overstressed planet

The hard numbers on emissions are really scary. Australians are reasonably optimistic about COP27, however. Living on a planet with 7 999 999 999 other humans making demands on the world’s resources.


The might on the hill. The Coalition’s woes have lessons for all political parties. Refugees’ hopes dashed – again.

Public ideas

Stan Grant’s sobering interpretation of the US midterms. Public spaces and sensory overload.

The calm within

Landscapes with didgeridoo interpretation

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