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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Policy-making (mis)using the brain
Neuroscience has been used as justification for particular policy initiatives. But in some cases the science was misused.