Jeb Bush makes his case

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 3 By Peter Wehner, Senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington DC. After more than half-a-year of being in the “exploratory stage” of the campaign, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush made it official: He’s running for president. His announcement speech was very well crafted — elegant and deft, forceful in some parts and […]

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An Economy Reborn

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 3 By Andrew Broad, Federal Member for Mallee Water was once referred to as the ‘flowing gold’ and it is the essence of this reference that is at the heart of policy that harnesses the Murray Darling Basin for food production, sustainability and prosperity. Over the last twenty years I’ve listened […]

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National Heritage and Arts Lottery

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 3 By Eric Hutchinson MP, Federal Member for Lyons A public conversation has started in Tasmania that could provide a solution nationally to the constant struggle to fund heritage and the arts. Australia needs a national heritage and arts lottery and the response from the broader community involved in heritage […]

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Beyond Sensationalism and Tokenism: Taking domestic violence seriously

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 3 By Senator Barry O’Sullivan, Liberal National Party Senator for Queensland There is perhaps no more harrowing and frustrating time for a police officer than when they arrive at the scene of a domestic dispute that has turned violent. In nearly all cases, the male is the perpetrator, using his […]

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From Magna Carta to the Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 3 By Michael Sukkar, Federal Member for Deakin & Richard Harrison, Melbourne-based historical researcher The current debate over the role of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) comes as the common-law world prepares to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. This article will look at the […]

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A Social Investment Approach to Welfare

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 3 By The Hon. Bill English MP New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance  I want to offer some thoughts about the business of government, from a centre-right perspective. Others can determine whether those thoughts are applicable elsewhere. Each country has its own set of circumstances and its own […]

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Editorial – Volume 5, Issue 3

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 3 Editorial By The Hon. Kevin Andrews MP The retrospective documentary on the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd government, The Killing Season, attracted considerable media attention in recent weeks. Featuring the two main protagonists of the Labor era, Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, it was evident that the series provided each of […]

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Quiet Achievers

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 2 By The Hon. Kevin Andrews MP  Federal Member for Menzies Minister for Defence In Triumph and Demise, the respected commentator and observer of the Australian polity, Paul Kelly, reflects that serious economic reform is practically impossible today. Written largely before the added intransigence of the Senate became clear, Kelly […]

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Submarines and Ships: Australia’s Future Defence

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 2 By The Hon. Kevin Andrews MP  Federal Member for Menzies Minister for Defence Australia’s Strategic Environment and Future Defence Priorities The first priority of a national Government is the safety and security of its citizens. In recent times we have faced complex national security challenges which remind us that […]

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There are Many Things More Important than Working

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 2 By Senator Matthew Canavan, Nationals Senator for Queensland Australian policymakers have an unhealthy obsession with boosting workforce participation. The otherwise very useful, recently released intergenerational report is peppered with statements of the need to boost the number of Australians working. The report states that: “Continued steps to boost productivity […]

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