Michael Schaper

Our speaker discusses the policy and research gap between government and academia

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

The common mantra of research-led universities today is twofold: that they are here to advance the frontiers of knowledge and here to serve society. The latter is laudable, for sure, and speaks to a key rationale behind the UWA Public Policy Institute. But what is standing in the way of the best minds working successfully with government, commerce and non-profit organisations? Michael Schaper, a former Australian national regulatory tsar, reflects on the obstacles and suggests that we are headed in the right direction. Shamit Saggar

Our speaker examines the recent Indonesian elections

Monday, 29 April 2019

In her interim account of the recent Indonesian elections, Ella S. Prihatini points to significant levels of volatility in parties’ vote share, important breakthroughs by some new parties and the unprecedented fatigue created by a single-day electoral event. Shamit Saggar


Dr Glenn Savage

Our speaker examines schooling policy and the federal election

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

As Australia heads to the polls next month, we begin to look at key issues voters will consider. Here, Glenn Savage (UWA) argues that while the main parties emphasise quality and standards, their means of doing so (in terms of funding, autonomy, curriculum and leadership) vary considerably. Shamit Saggar


Brexit

UWA PPI Director discusses the Brexit challenge

Monday, 15 April 2019

Brexit without a decent rule-book

I find myself surprisingly stuck on Brexit. The inconclusive struggles thus far cast a light in the dark corner of how the UK is governed, relying on a part-written, uncodified constitution. It does not seem fit for purpose now that the limits of the political system have been tested. This is a conclusion I had not expected to draw.


Ella Prihatini

Our speaker comments on the upcoming Indonesian elections

Thursday, 11 April 2019

As Indonesia prepares next week for its mammoth elections involving 193 million potential voters, Ella Prihatini (UWA) examines the wisdom of crowding so much into a single day of voting. She notes that the financial and efficiency rationales are weak in practice, and that the downsides include hidden disadvantage for women as both electors and candidates. A rethink might be on the cards for future elections. Shamit Saggar 


Marion Fulker

Our guest looks at Brexit and what it means for Perth

Thursday, 11 April 2019

In the second of our guest opinion pieces on Brexit, Marion Fulker (CEO of the Committee for Perth) looks at the long historic links between the Brits and Perth. From a yearning to create a warm climate Britain to wines and airlines, the relationship has been richly nourished. But the future could see Brexit refugees in large numbers who may  carry mixed feelings about where they came from. Shamit Saggar


Mr James Campbell-Sloan

Our guest examines Brexit and the longer-run implications

Thursday, 11 April 2019

In the first of our Brexit-themed contributions, James Campbell-Sloan examines the longer run implications of the UK-EU rupture (if and when it happens). He observes that beyond some damaging consequences for Britain’s economy, Australia is not immune from the negative fallout – both in terms of the returns on its specific UK investments and through the departure of a good ally from the table of future Australian negotiations with the EU. Shamit Saggar


A/Prof Hadrian G. Djajadikerta

Our guest discusses the upcoming Indonesian elections and what's at stake

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

As the region’s largest democracy goes to the polls, Hadrian G. Djajadikerta (ECU) discusses the probable scenarios and implications, suggesting that the presidential election is the incumbent’s to lose. He notes that faith continues to have an indirect role in shaping political choice and that the outcome will be important to the story of embedding democracy. Shamit Saggar


Dr Juliet Pietsch

Our guest writes about how we talk about race in challenging times

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Two generations on from the end of the White Australia policy, the capacity for race to influence electoral politics remains. But the impacts are complex and run in several directions. As Juliet Pietsch explains, economic and cultural insecurities are at play, and are not limited to White Australians only. Shamit Saggar


Professor Shamit Saggar

Welcome from the Director of the UWA Public Policy Institute

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Who we are

I am the new Director of The University of Western Australia Public Policy Institute.

This is the first Director’s blog, a series in which I lay out thoughts, reflections and suggestions on two themes: the way we do public policy (or how) and the substance of policy in different areas (or what). Leading UWA PPI provides me with a unique platform to add my thoughts and, hopefully, to stimulate others. We exist to champion evidence-based public policy to drive better solutions and outcomes.