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An creation to Australian Public coverage: conception and perform is the 1st e-book to comprehensively handle either the theoretical and sensible features of coverage making in Australia. Written in an obtainable type, this article is designed to introduce scholars to the true international demanding situations and abilities fascinated by operating in quite a number coverage roles. Drawing on their lonesome stories, the authors flooring public coverage concept in a few key controversies to demonstrate the contestable nature of the coverage approach. every one bankruptcy good points case reviews that define modern coverage matters, resembling the deregulation of the economic system, 'Knowledge Nation', paid maternity go away, and the Northern Territory intervention. together with functional routines on how one can write coverage briefs and media releases, this ebook is vital studying for an individual who must know the way public coverage is constructed in Australia.

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The greatest challenge for public policy today is not, according to Hay, the domestic internalisation of international economic competition and its imperatives. The greatest challenge lies in developing adequate transnational policy-making capacities to face the environmental and other consequences of a globalised world (Hay 2006: 602). And as the case study below suggests, globalisation does not belong only to states and markets. Case study: The Australian MAI campaign The Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) was quietly negotiated between Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member states between 1995 and 1998.

While all the other states except Western Australia bowed to federal demands, New South Wales continued to play its game of brinkmanship. The federal Treasurer’s deadline for state agreement came and went, but the New South Wales position found increasing support. First a legal opinion from a leading barrister 1 The Australian policy context agreed that the 1999 GST agreement did not ‘oblige’ New South Wales to abolish the state taxes, as Costello had claimed it did, then a New South Wales Chamber of Commerce survey found that businesses felt they were ‘being short-changed’ by the federal government.

Underpinning these debates is the politico-historical context of the ‘Australian settlement’ that provides a contested value base for understanding the political context for policy work. In the next chapter we will explore the range of ideologies that interact with these institutions and values. 37 38 An Introduction to Australian Public Policy Questions for discussion 1. Parliament is broadcast live on ABC television and radio. Tune in and listen to some debate. How does this influence your views of the ‘decline of parliament’ thesis?

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