Advancing Australia: Ideas for a Better Country (Paperback)
Politics in Australia is in a dire state. The Coalition government is led by its third prime minister in four years, two of whom were toppled by their own party. Before that, the Labor government ousted two prime ministers. Voters' trust in politicians is at an all-time low, there is policy inertia on key issues, and ideology and internal politics too often trump good government.We have the diagnosis, but what's the cure? In this collection of essays, the country's best academic minds look at the key issues and chart a way forward. They examine how Australia's taxation system could be fairer; the priorities in progressing Indigenous Australians' rights; the absurdity of the constant 'left versus right' debate; how to fix private health insurance; and how to settle the conflict between population and migration policies. Here are innovative and bold ideas to advance Australia.
Amanda Dunn is the politics and society editor for The Conversation. She was an editor and reporter with The Age and The Sunday Age for 16 years, specialising in education, health, social issues, pop culture and the arts. Her first book, The New Puberty, was published in 2017. John Watson joined The Conversation in 2013 as politics and society editor and is currently the cities and policy editor. He joined The Conversation after nearly two decades with The Age as an editor, writer and columnist.