Dual citizenship and Parliament
A Parliamentary Committee I chaired in 1997 examined s 44 of the Australian Constitution concerning the qualification of Members of Parliament and recommended that it be changed. The Committee heard from a range of experts and members of the public….
Trouble in North Asia
When Australia’s Defence White Paper was being crafted in 2015, it noted that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK] would continue to be a major source of regional instability. The White Paper noted that “North Korea’s threatening behaviour includes…
Advice from Charles Dickens
“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.” The observation of Charles Dickens’ character, Mr Micawber, is equally relevant to national accounts today…
A Social Investment Approach to Welfare – Bill English
I want to offer some thoughts about the business of government, from a centre-right perspective. Others can determine whether those thoughts are applicable elsewhere. Each country has its own set of circumstances and its own unique challenges to deal with….
In Triumph and Demise, the respected commentator and observer of the Australian polity, Paul Kelly, reflects that serious economic reform is practically impossible today. Written largely before the added intransigence of the Senate became clear, Kelly identified a number of…