Michael Schaper

COVID-19: Small island, big island: Singapore and Australia compared

Monday, 20 April 2020

COVID-19: Comparing jurisdictions - opportunities for policy borrowing?

Small island, big island: Singapore and Australia compared

Michael Schaper


Singapore has been a source of inspiration for Australia’s COVID-19 response in many ways. Michael Schaper takes a closer look at the island state’s strategies in its battle against the virus and which policy elements are worth learning from.

Adam Hannah

COVID-19: Policy ‘borrowing’ among the states

Monday, 20 April 2020

COVID-19: Comparing jurisdictions - opportunities for policy borrowing?

Policy ‘borrowing’ among the states

Adam Hannah


Adam Hannah highlights the opportunities and risks of policy borrowing across different Australian jurisdictions in tackling the COVID-19 crisis, drawing on the example of rental assistance packages offered in different states. 

Srinivas Goli

COVID-19: The Indian COVID-19 episode: Unprepared lockdown and its impact

Monday, 20 April 2020

COVID-19: Comparing jurisdictions - opportunities for policy borrowing?

The Indian COVID-19 episode: Unprepared lockdown and its impact

Srinivas Goli


The hasty implementation of the lockdown in India proves to be late, underprepared and ill-designed. Srinivas Goli highlights some of the unique challenges the country faces in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 due to its demographic, pre-existing public health concerns and underfunded health and education systems.

Patrick Diamond

COVID-19: Policy learning in a pandemic: The UK perspective

Monday, 20 April 2020

COVID-19: Comparing jurisdictions - opportunities for policy borrowing?

Policy learning in a pandemic: The UK perspective

Patrick Diamond


Patrick Diamond dissects the UK’s response to the COVID-19 crisis so far and how it has been determined by a number of underlying weaknesses within its policy-making systems – among other things, the British Government’s reluctant attitude towards policy learning and borrowing.

Shamit Saggar

Literature and Politics: Using literary perspectives sensitively to inform public policy

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Literature and Politics

Using literary perspectives sensitively to inform public policy

Shamit Saggar


Shamit Saggar suggests that, by giving insights into aspects of the human experience that escape empirical data collection, literature could close the knowledge gaps preventing public policy from effectively addressing the trickiest challenges of our time.

Robert Wood

Literature and Politics: The House of Representation

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Literature and Politics

The House of Representation

Robert Wood


Robert Wood invites us to think about the value literature and storytelling can add to the expression of true representation, by giving voice to those who may otherwise be un- or under-represented, and in turn supporting better public policy. 

Krishna Sen

Literature and Politics: Policy and story in a time of contagion

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Literature and Politics

Policy and story in a time of contagion

Krishna Sen


Krishna Sen takes a closer look at the role of literature in times of crisis: how it compares to and complements public policy interventions, and how it will ultimately help us to not only survive, but to express our humanity through the current pandemic.

Ilana Rohwedder

COVID-19: The other pandemic: The impact of COVID-19 on violence against women

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

COVID-19: The public health emergency and the disproportionately disadvantaged

The other pandemic: The impact of COVID-19 on violence against women

Ilana Rohwedder


Ilana Rohwedder illuminates the impact the response to COVID-19 has on women and children at risk of violence, how frontline service providers are responding and what the government and the broader community can do to act, even, and especially, in times of crisis. 

 

Shae Garwood

COVID-19: Changing welfare policy in response to COVID-19

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

COVID-19: The public health emergency and the disproportionately disadvantaged

Changing welfare policy in response to COVID-19

Shae Garwood


Shae Garwood examines the newly introduced social policies and changes to Australia’s welfare system in response to the spread of COVID-19 and how they alter the way we view the social security safety net and the people who are – or indeed are not – caught by it, and suggests ways in which they could and should shape it post-crisis. 

 

Johanna Badcock

COVID-19: Flattening the curve has its costs: understanding the mental health and psychosocial impact of social distancing

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

COVID-19: The public health emergency and the disproportionately disadvantaged

Flattening the curve has its costs: understanding the mental health and psychosocial impact of social distancing

Johanna Badcock


Johanna Badcock highlights some of the possible unintended consequences of social distancing, quarantine and self-isolation for the mental health of the broader population and, in particular, for those who are already experiencing higher levels of loneliness.

Bruce Armstrong

COVID-19: Good sense and social justice in the control of Australia’s COVID-19 epidemic

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

COVID-19: The public health emergency and the disproportionately disadvantaged

Good sense and social justice in the control of Australia’s COVID-19 epidemic

Bruce Armstrong


Bruce Armstrong explores the trade-offs ‘flattening the curve’ will require for Australians living in poverty, and provides some practical suggestions on how to counterbalance the adverse effects managing the COVID-19 crisis will have on the most disadvantaged members of our society.

 

Professor Shamit Saggar

COVID-19: Disproportionate disadvantage in the campaign to arrest COVID-19

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

COVID-19: The public health emergency and the disproportionately disadvantaged

Disproportionate disadvantage in the campaign to arrest COVID-19

Professor Shamit Saggar

Manfred Nowak

OPCAT series: Australia’s obligations under OPCAT: The challenging task of establishing an effective NPM in a federal state

Monday, 16 December 2019

Our guest speaker and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, outlines the history of the battle to eradicate the persisting practice of torture and ill-treatment around the world, and the unique potential of and risks around the implementation of OPCAT in Australia.

Holly Cullen

OPCAT series: Implementing OPCAT in Australia: Negative globalism resurgent?

Monday, 16 December 2019

Against the backdrop of the Australian Government’s increasingly sceptical position towards what has been termed as “negative globalism”, Holly Cullen cautions how such a sentiment could pose obstacles to the country realising the full potential of an effective implementation of OPCAT in preventing human rights abuses.

Steven Caruana

OPCAT series: The need for formal partnerships between civil society and the National Preventive Mechanism

Monday, 16 December 2019

Steven Caruana highlights the crucial role that civil society plays in the successful creation of a National Preventive Mechanism - from consultation processes to the designation of the adequate body. He stresses that substantial engagement with civil society organisations is not only international best practice, but also ensures that the systems to be set up are transparent, inclusive and efficient.

Professor Shamit Saggar

OPCAT series: Preventing torture and abuse: can we afford to rely on a complaints-based system?

Monday, 16 December 2019

UWA PPI Director Shamit Saggar examines the suitability of complaints-based monitoring mechanisms for the successful detection and, importantly, prevention of instances of torture and ill-treatment. He suggests that there are unique characteristics to the phenomenon of torture that need to be taken into account in the design of a preventative mechanism.

Aidan Storer

Federal economic policy – perspectives from WA: Australian Treasury’s stakeholder engagement in Western Australia

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Aidan Storer outlines the role of the Australian Treasury’s Office in furthering a better understanding of WA’s economic and business conditions and the impact of Commonwealth policy on WA businesses, government and the community and the importance of well-functioning stakeholder engagement in doing so.

Jessica Shaw

Federal economic policy – perspectives from WA: Keystart ‘low deposit’ home loans and WA’s housing market

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Governments around Australia are grappling with the challenges posed by a lacklustre housing construction market and tightened access to finance. Jessica Shaw argues that in developing any national response, federal policymakers must be mindful of the significant role the State Government plays in the Western Australian market through its unique Keystart loan scheme.


Public expenditure in targeted portfolios can be a powerful means to simultaneously pursue social and economic policy outcomes.

Georgina Molloy

Federal economic policy – perspectives from WA: The need for better access to justice services for consumers

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Georgina Molloy highlights some of the shortcomings of the WA consumer protection system, and puts forward practical suggestions around law reform and community education to fix them.


Western Australian consumers often face barriers that prevent them from enforcing their consumer rights. People across Australia have rights under the Australian Consumer Law, but we often see in Western Australia that consumers face impediments when it comes to enforcing these rights.

What are these barriers in Western Australia?

Nicky Cusworth

Federal Economic Policy - perspectives from WA: Challenges for modern regulators

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Nicky Cusworth outlines the complexities around regulating the fast-changing energy market in Western Australia, which serves as an apt example for the overall challenges that regulators face as technological innovations are transforming markets at an unprecedented rate. She suggests that rising to the challenge must involve rethinking not only hard rules, but also the ‘soft architecture’ of regulation.