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Policy Monographs


Policy Monographs (PM) are pieces directly commenting on government policy, new programs or legislation.

  • Multiculturalism and the Fetish of Diversity

    10 Dec 2013 | PM138

    Multiculturalism began as a response to the White Australia policy and continues to enjoy public support. But a new, ‘hard’ multiculturalism has emerged which is determined to eliminate racism. Its... Read More

  • Not Looking for Work: The Rise of Non-Jobseekers on Unemployment Benefits

    31 Jul 2013 | PM136

    Following the global financial crisis, the incumbent Labor government introduced policies that reduced the job search requirements for people on unemployment benefits. As a result, there are now around... Read More

  • A Fair Go: Fact or Fiction?

    09 May 2013 | PM135

    The Australian ideal of a fair go is fact rather than fiction. By offering all individuals the opportunity to capitalise on their ambition and natural ability, Australia’s dynamic and socially mobile... Read More

  • Future Submarine Project Should Raise Periscope for Another Look

    24 Oct 2012 | PM130

    Australia should not spend $40 billion to repeat the mistakes of the Collins Class submarine. Nuclear submarines, such as the US Navy’s Virginia Class submarine, would provide a much greater capability... Read More

  • Working Towards Self-Reliance: Three Lessons for Disability Pension Reform

    05 Oct 2011 | PM124

    To successful reduce the number of pensioners on disability support, policymakers must apply the lessons of other welfare reforms. Disability pensioners must be categorised based on their ability to work;... Read More

  • Democracy and Money: The Dangers of Campaign Finance Reform

    02 Jun 2011 | PM119

    Campaign finance reform is presented as improving Australian democracy and government by limiting ‘undue influence’. Yet the practical effect of banning, capping or disclosing political donations is... Read More

  • Alcohol Policy and the Politics of Moral Panic

    26 May 2011 | PM118

    New Zealand’s proposed liquor legislation marks a return to old attitudes towards alcohol regulation that perversely believe, in part due to dubious economic analyses, that placing restrictions on access,... Read More

  • Populate and Perish? Modelling Australia's Demographic Future

    Jessica Brown and Oliver Marc Hartwich | 07 Oct 2010 | PM112

    Since the publication of the 2010 Intergenerational Report, Australia has been debating its demographic future and whether it is desirable for the nation to grow to more than 35 million people by 2050.... Read More

  • Behind the Moral Curtain: The Politics of a Charter of Rights

    Elise Parham | 01 Feb 2010 | PM106

    Elise Parham argues that a federal charter of rights would be used by special interest groups as a powerful political tool.  Evidence emerging in the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria – which... Read More

  • How Much Government

    Michael James | 16 Aug 1986 | PM11

    Why does government continue to grow despite the declared wishes of politicians of all parties? Read More

  • Initiative and Referendum: The People's Law

    Geoffrey de Q. Walker | 01 Jul 1986 | PM10

    Geoffrey Walker examines the history of direct legislation, how it is used in different countires, whether it favours the left or right, how it works and what it costs,why some politicians are so against... Read More