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  1. Podcast23 December 2016 - The Policy Shop

    What is a refugee?

    As numbers of displaced people reach record levels around the world, nations have to find ways of dealing with the growing crisis.

  2. Podcast8 September 2016 - The Policy Shop

    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?

  3. 18 July 2016 - Under the Microscope

    The economist who knows us all

    Overseeing the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey has given Professor Roger Wilkins a unique insight into the state of Australia.

  4. Podcast20 June 2016 - The Policy Shop

    Swimming in a sea of bureaucracy

    Big Government v Small Government. The size, reach and role of Governments comes under scrutiny in this episode of The Policy Shop podcast.

  5. Podcast17 June 2016 - Up Close

    Law, science and the forging of “truth”

    Social science and legal scholar Professor Sheila Jasanoff considers how science and the law interact or compete in the formulation of public reason.

  6. 16 June 2016 - Public Affairs

    Government: When enough is enough

    How much government is too much? The size of government in Australia is no bigger than average but some fear the nanny state is taking over.

  7. 30 May 2016 - Learning & Teaching

    Knowing the value, but not the cost

    Australia's ongoing debate over how to sustainably fund higher education has focused on who should pay and how much without anyone knowing the cost of a degree.

  8. Podcast25 May 2016 - The Policy Shop

    Red Book, Blue Book – How do elections impact on policy?

    A former senior civil servant who has served under 5 prime ministers and 9 cabinet ministers provides insights into the impact of elections on public policy.

  9. 24 May 2016 - Public Affairs

    Looking beyond elections for good policy

    Frustrations over short term policy making is easily blamed on election cycles, but rather than being part of the problem democracy may be part of the solution.

  10. 20 April 2016 - Public Affairs

    Policy-making (mis)using the brain

    Neuroscience has been used as justification for particular policy initiatives. But in some cases the science was misused.