Weekly roundup Saturday 11 February

Organized crime

Does Labor have a gambling addiction?

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

Australian politics

More on the Voice, including legal opinions: it’s fair, it’s safe, and it isn’t woke, but Dutton is out to sink it. Labor has backed the wrong horse on gambling policy. Bipartisanship on the wrong issue – asylum-seeker policy. Voting intention: the Coalition still in the doldrums. Other polls: we’re getting more pessimistic, and young Australians feel more secure in their jobs than older Australians.

Economic policy

The Reserve Bank’s crusade on inflation: is it destroying the village in order to save it? More on Chalmers’ essay – it’s really just mainstream economics, so why has it scared the horses? Productivity Commission to inquire and report on early childhood education and care.

Health policy

Medicare looks weary after 50 years: it needs resuscitating. The outback – beautiful but unhealthy. Covid-19 – get vaccinated!

Public administration

Machiavelli’s advice for Labor’s princes.

Public ideas

Understanding economics without all those funny diagrams. Curtin and Chifley on full employment.

Australia’s diplomatic snub to Germany and Austria

Links to sources of webinars, podcasts and readings

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