Weekly roundup Saturday 10 December


Why should young homebuyers have to pay for the Reserve Bank's mistakes?

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

The roundup takes a break, a reflection, and the year ahead

This is the last roundup for 2022 ā€“ back on Saturday January 28; reflections on 2022 from Laura Tingle and Niki Savva; 2023 to be no less busy as Australia catches up on a decade of policy neglect.

Economic policy

Is the Reserve Bank ignoring signs of easing inflation? National accounts: Keating may have called them “a beautiful set of numbers”. Andrew Leigh explains why you’re paying too much for your holiday accommodation – it’s about competition policy. Optimism, for a change, on our transition to a zero-carbon economy. Bad news on homelessness.

Health care

Medicare has served us well but it’s getting old and needs a major re-fit: just keep private insurance well away from it. Covid-19 isn’t going away, but with a little effort we can live with it much more easily.


Has Labor become the new “natural party of government”? The Australian Election Study: there’s heaps more than was covered in the press, all describing a political landscape unlike what we have been used to. More on the Liberals’ journey to oblivion.

Public ideas for holiday reading

Mariana Mazzucato on the entrepreneurial state. Miranda Stewart on the fiscal bargain, or why we don’t mind paying taxes. Karl Marx and others on capitalism’s future. Martyn Goddard on democracy – it’s under attack but is fighting back. Sanna Marin, Finland’s Prime Minister, speaks to Australians in a serious discussion with the Lowy Institute and in a cringeworthy interview with the ABC. Fifty reading recommendations from the Australia Institute.

Shchedryk – a Ukrainian carol

Links to sources of webinars, podcasts and readings

If you have comments, corrections, or links to other relent sources, Iā€™d like to hear from you. Please send them to Ian McAuley ā€” ian, at the domain name ianmcauley.com