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The Policy Shop
39 minutes | Sep 23, 2018
Tracing a path to an Australian Republic
Since the failure of the 1999 Republican referendum the issue of Australia becoming a Republic has been in a political deep freeze for close to twenty years. Recently however there have been attempts by the Australian Republican movement to reignite a national conversation on this subject and with members of the Royal Family due to visit Australia later this year perhaps the question of Australia becoming a republic might begin its long thaw. In this episode of The Policy Shop we discuss, not the politics of Australia becoming a Republic, but instead we examine the policy lessons from Australia's previous fractious Republican referendum and tease out some models of what a possible Australian Republic could look like. Dr Benjamin Jones, Australian Research Council Fellow in the School of History at the Australian National University and the author of This Time: Australia’s Republican Past and Future and Laureate Professor Emeritus in the Melbourne Law School at The University of Melbourne, Cheryl Saunders AO join the host, Professor Glyn Davis. The Policy Shop is produced by Eoin Hahessy with audio engineering by Gavin Neubauer at the Horwood Studio at The University of Melbourne.
35 minutes | Sep 2, 2018
Fighting for recognition
The right to self-determination and recognition feature prominently in debates surrounding Indigenous peoples in Australia and indeed around the world. In this episode New Zealand Māori constitutional lawyer, Dr Moana Jackson & Dr Shireen Morris, a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Melbourne Law School consider questions about treaties versus constitutional recognition and ask how we might move beyond rhetoric on community engagement.
26 minutes | Aug 13, 2018
Does gender diversity lead to better science?
What has been the effect on science of a predominately male lens? Why does gender matter when it comes to STEM research? And what can we do to improve female participation in disciplines deemed vital to the growth of our economies and society? One of the world’s leading experts in this area, Londa Schiebinger, the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University, and Director of the EU & US Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering and Environment Project addresses these questions on The Policy Shop.
43 minutes | Jul 18, 2018
Academic freedom and free speech in universities
Attacks on academic freedom have been making headlines. The suppression of academic freedom has been called a “global crisis” by some, while others complain the academy is not challenged enough by different thinking.Yet the concept of academic freedom is complicated – what does it mean, and who exactly is under attack? To explore these questions with host, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne Professor Glyn Davis, is Professor Adrienne Stone from the Melbourne Law School and John Roskam, Executive Director of the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs.
30 minutes | Jun 14, 2018
A new model for public policy?
It is the eternal struggle of Governments to ensure the taxpayer gets value for money and that services are delivered effectively and fairly. In this episode we examine how we can improve public policy in Australia. In particular a proposal for a new model for evidence-based policy is examined. Patricia Rogers, Professor of Public Sector Evaluation at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and Nicholas Gruen, CEO of Lateral Economics join the host, Professor Glyn Davis, the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Melbourne.
25 minutes | May 22, 2018
Is democracy dying before our eyes?
From India to Turkey and from Poland to the United States, authoritarian populists have seized power, as the rule of law and the respect for democratic institutions and processes becomes ever more frayed. Is the survival of liberal democracy at risk? Yascha Mounk, lecturer on Political Theory at Harvard University and author of – The People versus Democracy – why our freedom is in danger and how to save it - joins us from New York to illustrate the uniqueness of our present political environment, to explore how democracy is wilting away and to illustrate what we can do to reverse this trend.
46 minutes | Mar 11, 2018
Does Australia have a gambling problem?
Based on per captia spending, Australians are the world’s most prolific gamblers. In 2017 Australians lost nearly $24 billion to gambling, more than half poured into pokie machines at pubs and clubs across the country. In this episode a closer look at Australia’s relationship to gambling is taken with Stephen Conroy, the Executive Director of Responsible Wagering Australia & Dr Charles Livingstone, senior lecturer in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, at Monash University.
33 minutes | Feb 22, 2018
Why we shouldn't fear old age
The world’s population is ageing: with virtually every country in the world experiencing growth in the number and proportion of older persons in their population. Philosopher Professor Martha Nussbaum and Professor of Law Saul Levmore discuss how we as a society view ageing, does our view of ageing colour the policies that are developed for the elderly in our society, and what kind of different thinking can we develop for a community that is often forgotten.
28 minutes | Feb 8, 2018
What is the future for the professions?
Professor Richard Susskind, IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, argues in this episode that the professions are a relic from print-based society, and white collars workers like lawyers, consultants and accountants need to brace for change.
33 minutes | Jan 22, 2018
Timepass - The politics of waiting in India
With two thirds of its 1.2 billion people under the age of 35, India has the world’s largest youth population, something that’s both an advantage and a challenge. In this episode of The Policy Shop, a closer look is taken at India, a nation sometimes forgotten in Australia’s focus on Asia. In particular one pressing public policy challenge for India is examined, youth unemployment. Over 30 per cent of Indians aged between 15 and 29 are not in employment, education or training. That’s more than double the OECD average. Professor Craig Jeffrey, Director of the Australia India Institute and Dr Jane Dyson who has worked for thirteen years in the high Himalayas in India are the guests with the host, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Professor Glyn Davis.
35 minutes | Dec 20, 2017
Australia's largest social reform in decades
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the largest social reform Australia has seen in decades. The scheme will provide $22 billion a year to support close to half a million Australians. In this episode, former Chair of the NDIA, Bruce Bonyhady and Associate Professor at UNSW, Helen Dickinson discuss how this policy came to be, the scheme’s rollout, and whether the NDIS will improve the livelihood of people living with disabilities in Australia.
37 minutes | Dec 14, 2017
Is Australia failing to educate?
For close to two decades, performance in Australian schools in reading, maths and science has steadily declined. As other countries improve, we are being left behind. In this episode, the Secretary of the Australian Department of Education and Training, Dr. Michele Bruniges discusses Australia’s schooling and higher education systems, and how we might ensure students and graduates receive the best possible education.
42 minutes | Dec 5, 2017
Does government get the right advice?
The Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr. Martin Parkinson reflects on his notable career, covering Australia’s major economic reforms of the 80s and 90s, establishing the first Department of Climate Change and forming policy amidst today’s 24 hour news cycle.
32 minutes | Nov 9, 2017
Why can't we cure cancer?
After heart disease, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world - 8.8 million people lost their lives to cancer in 2015. Why despite the great strides in medical knowledge, does the world continue to struggle in finding a cure for cancer? This episode of The Policy Shop addresses this question with two world leading experts. Nobel Laureate, Dr Harold Varmus, currently the Lewis Thomas University Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, who formally served as the Director of the National Institute of Health and as the Director of the National Cancer Institute in the United States and Associate Professor Sherene Loi, head of the Translational Breast Cancer Genomics Laboratory at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne join the host Professor Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne.
35 minutes | Oct 23, 2017
Solving the productivity puzzle
Peter Harris AO, Chairman of the Productivity Commission, discusses the release of the Commissions first 5-year Productivity Review and the challenges Australia will have to surmount to maintain its high standard of living. Productivity has been responsible for lifting incomes across the globe for decades, but presently across the developed world, it is in decline. But what is productivity and should Australia be worried about its productivity performance?
30 minutes | Oct 19, 2017
Why do we measure everything and value nothing?
The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, calls for a reintroduction of moral and ethical considerations into economic thinking, questioning the dominance of neoliberalism, the privileging of economic management over human needs and the teaching of economics, in this episode of The Policy Shop. The University of Melbourne, home to the Gerry Higgins Chair in Irish Studies, bestowed an honorary doctorate on Ireland’s ninth President, while the President was on a State visit to Australia. Host: Professor Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne Producer: Eoin Hahessy
36 minutes | Oct 15, 2017
Can cities save us all?
For the first time in human history, most of us live in cities. By 2050 the world’s population is expected to grow to over 9 billion, and 6 billion of those people will live in cities. As our cities become our predominant societies, how do we develop them so that they sustain our environment, empower our communities and drive our economies? In essence, can cities save us all? In this episode of The Policy Shop, Deborah Bull, Assistant Principal at King’s College London, Derek Douglas, Vice-President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs at the University of Chicago and Chief Executive Officer of the City of Melbourne, Ben Rimmer join Professor Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne to discuss the role of cities and universities in the face of rapid urbanisation. Episode recorded: 21 September 2017Series Producer: Eoin HahessyAudio engineer: Gavin Nebauer
49 minutes | Oct 3, 2017
Has the Australian dream become a nightmare?
The Policy Shop partnered with Melbourne Writers Festival to examine the issue of housing affordability in Australia. Recorded live at #MWF17, journalist and author George Megalogenis and Professor Lyn Craig were the guests to question, if the Australian dream of home ownership has become a nightmare?
38 minutes | Sep 21, 2017
From the Margins to the Mainstream
Professor Marcia Langton is one of the most important voices in Australian Indigenous policy. In this episode she joins host, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Professor Glyn Davis, to discuss the positive economic impacts of land rights legislation, why meeting the Queen was an important step for Aboriginal activism and her thoughts on whether the Australia Day debate is a distraction. This episode was produced by: Paul Gray and Ruby SchwartzSeries Producer: Eoin HahessyAudio engineer: Gavin Nebauer
34 minutes | Sep 4, 2017
Rise of the Robots
The world of work is changing - fast. Economists predict that in the coming years, many traditional jobs and trades will be rendered obsolete as a result of automation and robotics. Estimates show that around 45 per cent of workers currently perform tasks that could be automated in the near future. As the trend gathers pace, more than half of all existing jobs will be automated within 20 years. For Australia, this means up to 5 million jobs lost. To discuss what the future of work might look like, former economic advisor to President Bush and President Obama and co-founder of H-Robotics, Dr Pippa Malmgren, and former advisor to the Prime Minister and director of AlphaBeta consultancy, Dr Andrew Charlton join the host, Professor Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. Episode recorded: 16 August 2017The Policy Shop producers: Ruby Schwartz and Eoin HahessyAudio engineer: Gavin Nebauer
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