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Making the best of Direct Action – Part 3

By · February 19th, 2014

In the series end, Kim Liu offers suggestions to maximise and incentivise voluntary emission reductions as an alternative to the Direct Action Plan.

Ethanol: a political hat trick

By · February 8th, 2014

How and when, if ever, should the ethanol industry be subsidised? Ben Brooks from the Left Right Think-Tank talks about the cosy link between biofuel production and politics.

Government and the public purpose in Australia

By · February 5th, 2014

Joey Moloney explores the effect of Australia’s ever-increasing affluence on the political expectations of the general public.

A case for the privatisation of Australia Post

By · February 1st, 2014

Professor Stephen King questions the government’s investment in Australia Post in light of the NBN’s impact on the standard letter.


Making the best of Direct Action – Part 2

By · January 25th, 2014

Kim Liu puts forth an alternative way to auction off carbon abatement while maximising profits and corporate truth-telling.

The welfare state debate: who gets what and who pays for it? Part 2

By · January 17th, 2014

In reminding us of what the welfare system is all about, Peter Whiteford lays bare the facts on long-term welfare dependency and finds surprisingly little truth to the ‘maker-or-taker’ attitudes toward social security.

The welfare state debate: who gets what and who pays for it? Part I

By · January 14th, 2014

Just how big of a problem is middle class welfare?
A rigorous examination of the impacts of government benefits and taxes on income by ANU professor Peter Whiteford.

Making the best of Direct Action – Part 1

By · January 9th, 2014

Kim Liu explains the Coalition’s carbon emissions policy, and why it’s so difficult to auction off pollution.


Applying economics in the so-called ‘real world’

By · January 5th, 2014

ESC Chairperson Dr Ron Ben-David presents three intriguing challenges for economic regulators in Victoria to get your analytical minds racing.

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