We judge the competency of politicians by what they say and do. This creates perverse incentives for even competent politicians to refuse to admit mistakes.
We are suckers for numbers. But they don't always tell the whole story, writes Jenny Stewart.
Australia needs stronger STEM skills and knowledge in parliament so politicians can understand the basics underpinning today’s significant issues, writes Les Field.
Attempts to curb online bullying are like chasing a moving target and cyberbullying will continue to change and evolve irrespective of the policy regime, writes Ilan Katz.
Contrasting the recent history of the dairy and milk-processing industries in Australia and New Zealand is illuminating, writes Jenny Stewart.
In the world of public policy, constant changes that are politically induced do not lead to good outcomes. Just look at the policy on Aboriginal Australians, writes Jenny Stewart.
Although the asylum-seeker problem is highly politicised, it cannot be handled in a political way. Patient work with neighbouring states is the only way to stem the tide, argues Jenny Stewart.
Economic development cannot be the sole or even the main consideration when judging the legitimacy of planning and development regulations, write Patrick Harris and Peter Sainsbury.
If we want market forces to work for us, rather than against us, we may need to start exercising a bit more policy creativity, writes Jenny Stewart.
It's just as important to have the skills to know how to interpret and make use of the ever-proliferating range of data, writes Jenny Stewart.