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Vol. 5 No. 1 (Autumn, 1989)

Vol. 5 No. 1 (Autumn, 1989)
FEATURE: Long-Duration Unemployment: 'Losers' or 'Choosers'?

Regulation of labour markets and the operation of the welfare state in Australia interact to encourage the emergence of long-duration employment.

FEATURE: Monetary Policy: Accountability and Independence
Peter Jonson

Official reluctance to publicise changes to monetary policy has  focussed attention on the policy role of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Peter Jonson here argues that monetary policy-making would be improved by activating the Bank’s statuatory right to register disagreements with the Treasury line.

FEATURE: Welfare Reform Talk in the US

The US is a major source of new ideas on social policy. Peter Samuel provides an overview of the new welfare thinking, with special emphasis on the ‘workfare’ schemes that are being imitated by other countries.

FEATURE: Reforming New Zealand's Liquor Law
Alan Dormer

A transcript of a talk given by Alan Dormer, member of the Laking Committee, to the New Zealand Centre for Independent Studies, on the issue of New Zealand’s liquor laws.

PRIVATISATION UPDATE: Privatisation of Government In New Zealand and Australia

A summary of the continuing progress of privatisation at all levels of government in New Zealand and Australia.

FEATURE: How To Cut Public Spending

Government ministers claim that public spending cannot be further reduced without harming the welfare of the Australian people. This argument is rejected in this article, which shows how governments could finance major expenditure and tax cuts by allowing the private sector to assume responsibility for many functions currently undertaken by the state.

FEATURE: Depoliticising Australia Post
Robert Albon

The recent revelation of Australia Post’s plans to close many uneconomic post offices and to replace them with post agencies has brought into view the tension between Post’s twin obligations to operate profitably and to provide a community service to rural users. Robert Albon shows how this tension can be resolved.

FEATURE: Affirmative Action: Success or Failure?

The Affirmative Action Agency’s Annual Report for 1987-88 claims that recent affirmative action legislation has been outstandingly successful. But a careful scrutiny of the Report suggests otherwise.

FEATURE: Three Myths about Workers' Compensation
Ian McEwin

Victoria’s Workcare scheme is losing around $15 million per week, yet politicians seem determined to continue imposing a government monopoly on workers’ compensation arrangements. Ian McEwin shows that most of the arguments used to justify this monopoly are baseless.

BOOK REVIEW: The Debt Threat
Michael James

The Debt Threat by Tim Congdon (Blackwell Publications, 1989.)

FEATURE: How the Welfare State Undermines Constitutionalism
Suri Ratnapala

The welfare state necessarily operates by way of a mass of delegated and particular legislation and so undermines the general principles that alone can be the object of popular agreement.

BOOK REVIEW: Reagonomics; An Insider's Account of the Policies and the People
Colin Simkin

Reaganomics; An Insider’s Account of the Policies and the People by William A. Niskanen (Oxford University Process, 1988.)

FEATURE: Putting Consitutionalism Back In The Constitution

The enforcement of party discipline has eroded the Commonwealth Parliament’s ability to exercise the checks on Executive power provided by the framers of the Australian Constitution. Harry Evans makes a case for constitutionalism and canvasses some reforms that would enable the Parliament to recover its proper powers.

CRITICAL REVIEW: Welfare versus Happiness: Charles Murray's 'In Pursuit'
Barry Maley

Charle’s Murray’s book In Pursuit of Happiness and Good Government (Simon & Schuster, 1988), builds on the many insights into welfare policy contained in his acclaimed Losing Ground (1984.) Barry Maley provides a critical exposition of the book’s major themes.

FEATURE: Environmentalism vs. Property Rights

In the October/November 1988 issue of CIS Policy Report, Ian Wills argued that environmental lobbies were often able to promote regulations that ignored the full costs of environmental protection. Rodney Hide provides details of a recent example of this and argues that strict enforcement of property rights will produce superior environmental outcomes.

FEATURE: The High Court, the Constitution and Freedom of Interstate Trade
L. J. M. Cooray

Since the rejection of four constitutional amendment proposals by referendum in in September 1988, attention has once again turned to the role of the High Court in effectively changed the Constitution. L. J. M. Cooray argues that the High Court has undermined the Consitution by ignoring the intentions of its drafters and by relying on erroneous economic doctrines.

BOOK REVIEW: Choosing the Good Life
Chandran Kukathas

Modern Political Philosophy: Theories of the Just Society by Alan Brown (Penguin Books, 1986.)

BOOK REVIEW: Australia Can Compete: Towards A Flexible Adaptable Society
Jaqui Lane

Australia Can Compete: Towards a Flexible Adaptable Society edited by Ian Marsh (Longman Cheshire, 1988).

BOOK REVIEW: Deregulate or Decay
Warren Hogan

Deregulate or Decay by John Hyde (Policy Paper No. 14, Australian Institute for Public Policy, 1988.)

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