Weekly roundup Saturday 26 November


Memo to Treasury: Please collect more tax

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

Taxation matters

A former Liberal Party leader puts the case for higher taxes. How retirees living off the income from millions of dollars of assets pay no tax, subsidized by their taxpaying children. Jeff Bezos is introduced to taxation.

Other public policy

The Reserve Bank’s war on inflation, but is it overshooting? Who’s afraid of the WTO? Addiction costing $8 000 a household. The NDIS – how it got to where it is today. Covid-19 in Australia and the world. Wasn’t Medicare meant to be universal, so why is it letting down the young and the poor? A mixed report on relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and other Australians. Youth crime in northern Australia – what we’re doing isn’t working.

Corporate behaviour

A look along retailers’ supply chains. AGL’s new board members and why pressure from the Liberal Party led to a crash in the company’s share price.


Victoria’s election – a few basic numbers. In case you hadn’t noticed, there are two Senators Pocock. Murdoch and Trump’s breakup and what it means for Australian politics. Malaysia’s election – the workings of a multi-party democracy.

Public ideas

Did Fukuyama really say history had come to an end? Public servants and the banality of evil. Is the world running out of public ideas?

Banksy in Ukraine

Where there’s art there’s hope.

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