Occasional Papers


The Case for a New Australian Settlement: Ruminations of an Inveterate Economist
Wolfgang Kasper
26 June 2015 | OP141

Australia needs a cultural counter-revolution that appeals to the traditional Australian spirit of self-reliance and can-do optimism – a new ‘Australian settlement’ which goes beyond mere economic policy. It should be underpinned by agreed basic…

Trading Phobias: Governments, NGOs and Globalisation
03 October 2000 | OP75

We live in an era of unprecedented material prosperity, and yet the post-war multilateral trading system largely responsible for the creation of this wealth is under threat.  Anne Krueger presents the Annual John Bonython Lecture.…

The Social Roots of Prosperity
Brigette Berger
30 August 1995 | OP55

A society's prosperity depends on its families. But demographic changes, ideological attack and government policies have undermined the family in the West.

Beyond the Current Pessimism
Ray Ball
05 August 1987 | OP18

Professor Ray Ball gives a personal interpretation of the historical roots of Australia’s economic malaise. Signs of pessimism are plentiful in Australia. These signs, many of which are surveyed here, appear to reflect not just…