The report explores the evidence base for the recent National Quality Agenda reforms to childcare that mandate lower staff-to-child ratios and higher staff qualifications. The report finds that the benefits to children from these expensive reforms are minimal and do not outweigh the costs involved.
Public Money: Federal-State Financial Relations and the Constitutional Limits on Spending Public Money Anne Twomey and Robert Carling
This paper surveys and explains the history of how the Australian Constitution was intended to deal with federal-state financial relations and what has happened in practice. It also discusses the constitutional constraints and principles relevant to future reforms in the context of the Australian government’s White Paper on the Reform of the Federation.
The Annual John Bonython Lecture
What Are We Fighting For? Islamism And The Threat To Liberal Ideas
As Australia and the world at large reels in continuing shock from the atrocities and rapidly progressing state-building agenda of the Islamic State terrorist groups, liberal Western values are once again under threat.
Once again an anti-Enlightenment, anti-democratic, authoritarian movement seeks to subjugate or destroy the free peoples of the world, its ideology incompatible with liberty and peace.