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The Policy Shop

A podcast series which ran between 2016 and 2018 about public policy and the way it affects Australia and the world.

  1. Listen30 November 2016 – Cass Sunstein, Government, Nudge, Policy, Richard Thaler, Taxes

    Have you been nudged today?

    Nudge Theory draws on human behaviour to create subtle policy 'nudges' that encourage people to make good or healthier choices. The Policy Shop investigates.

  2. Listen1 November 2016 – 2016 US Presidential Election, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

    The US Election – a policy free zone

    Policy issues account for less than nine per cent of media coverage and the presidential candidates’ qualifications for the Oval Office account for even less.

  3. Listen17 October 2016 – Homeless, Housing, Public Housing

    Homelessness in the World’s Most Liveable city

    The number of homeless people in Melbourne has increased dramatically. Could it now be time to take a new approach to solving the issue?

  4. Listen16 September 2016 – Refugees, Syria, United Nations

    ‘A crisis that very much has a child’s face’

    The war in Syria has sparked the largest forced migration crisis since the Second World War. Has policy failed refugees, and what should Australia's role be?

  5. Listen8 September 2016 – Literature, Offshore Detention, Public Policy, Refugees

    How can literature influence public policy?

    Has literature failed to elicit empathy for our fellow human beings? And are we asking too much of literature in an age of 140 characters or less?

  6. Listen2 September 2016 – Higher Education, New College of Humanities , Philosophy, University Fees

    A.C. Grayling on higher education

    Who should pay for university education? The taxpayer or student? Professor A.C. Grayling joins Professor Glyn Davis to discuss this and other campus issues.

  7. Listen23 August 2016 – Australian Census 2016, Bureaucracy, Public Service

    Is Australia’s public service competent?

    Was Australia's Census 2016 fail a one-off, or is there a pattern of failure within the public service, and if so what is happening?

  8. Listen11 August 2016 – Economics, HILDA, House Prices, Social Policy

    How to advance Australia fair

    Australia, the land of the fair go, isn’t looking so fair with a widening divide between the haves and have nots. What can be done is dissected in this podcast.

  9. Listen11 July 2016 – Climate Change, Environment, Philosophy, Politics

    Listening to the voices of things

    Making an imaginative leap through art in order to listen to 'things' could be the key to a new politics to deal with the big problems like climate change.

  10. Listen7 July 2016 – 2016 Federal Election , Australian Politics

    Reading behind the ballot papers

    Both major parties were losers in Australia's Federal election. In Policy Shop University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis discusses what's going on.