The Impact of Technology on Government

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 2 By Senator Bridget McKenzie, Nationals Senator for Victoria The Internet has transformed society, making it easier to buy goods and access services from around the world. It has also increased the opportunities for companies to minimise or avoid paying tax. The growth of online sports gambling and the increase […]

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Reforming Australia’s Industrial Relations System for the Next Generation

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 2 By Tony Pasin MP, Member for Barker Across generations the Australian industrial relations system has regulated the interests of employers and employees providing a fair way to settle disputes without the need for the widespread, economically damaging, often violent industrial action, with of course some notable exceptions. Whilst that […]

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Achieving Value for Money in Commonwealth Procurement

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 2 By Dr David Gillespie MP, Member for Lyne Achieving value for money is always important in any transaction but critical when one purchases $40 billion in goods and services with delegated third party funds. This is the situation Federal Government departments find themselves in annually. State and local governments […]

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The Great Policy Debate: National Economic Sustainability

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 2 By Andrew Nikolic AM CSC MP, Member for Bass & Dan Tehan MP, Member for Wannon Hundreds of policy issues are debated in Australia each month, all of which can be traced back to an essential centre of gravity – national economic sustainability. Policy and strategy without adequate resourcing […]

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In defense of tradition

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 2 By Peter Wehner Based on the recommendation of a friend, I read the 1983 Jefferson Lecture by Jaroslav Pelikan, a leading scholar on the history of Christianity. In it, Pelikan said this: “I am not altogether certain that Thomas Jefferson would have approved of a series of lectures in […]

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Editorial – Volume 5, Issue 2

Australian Polity Volume 5, Issue 2 Editorial By The Hon. Kevin Andrews MP When the history of the past decade is written, one question will be central to the political developments of the period: Why did the Labor Party abandon the reformist movement of the Hawke/Keating governments, and align itself closer to the earlier Whitlam […]

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The Virtue of Toleration – Kevin Andrews

By the Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, Federal Member for Menzies   The modern left is eager to proclaim its dedication to toleration and diversity. But a closer look at the words and actions of the far left shows how empty those declarations really are. The Australian political scene is routinely marred by vehement and often […]

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A worthwhile period in Opposition

Robert Menzies once observed that “the duty of an opposition which wants to move over on to the Treasury benches is to be constructive, judicious, and different.”

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A worthwhile period in Opposition

Achieving true welfare reform

Until recently, Senator Kim Carr was the Minister for Human Services in the Gillard government. By all accounts, he was doing a good job.

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Achieving true welfare reform

Navel gazing inside the beltway

There is an expression in American politics known as ‘inside the beltway’.

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Navel gazing inside the beltway