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Hard Heads, Soft Hearts : A new reform agenda for Australia - Peter Dawkins

Hard Heads, Soft Hearts

A new reform agenda for Australia

Paperback Published: 1st February 2003
ISBN: 9781741140217
Number Of Pages: 248

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It was time to end the disconnect in Australian politics: the disconnect between our political dialogue and our real needs. Too much of the public debate was about gesture rather than answers. The challenge was to identify broadly agreed principles for a new and different reform agenda.

In April 2002 the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, at the University of Melbourne, and The Australian rose to this challenge. The upshot was a national conversation, Towards Opportunity and Prosperity, between leading thinkers from academia, politics, public service, business, unions and community groups.

Topics covered included:

* Unemployment, Joblessness and Welfare Reform

* Education and Innovation

* Population Policy

* Work and Family

* Ageing and Retirement

* Health Policy

* The Environment and the Kyoto Protocol

* Are We Becoming a Branch Office Economy?

* Microeconomic Reform

Peter Dawkins and Paul Kelly, two of Australia s leading policy analysts and commentators, draw out the main threads of the policy debates in these areas, and plot the outlines of the new reform agenda which emerged from this fascinating and wide-ranging conversation. , but placing more emphasis on the human dimension-a 'hard heads, soft hearts' approach.

Prefacep. v
Contributorsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Intorduction and Backgroundp. 2
Hard Heads, Soft Hearts: Introductionp. 3
Endnotep. 6
Australia's Economic, Social and Environmental Performance: Stocktake and Outlookp. 7
Endnotep. 22
The Australian Economy: Past, Present and Futurep. 23
Endnotep. 36
Globalisation: World Trade, Living Standards and Inequalityp. 37
The New Reform Agendap. 56
Unemployment, Joblessness and Welfare Reformp. 57
Endnotep. 72
Education and Innovationp. 73
Endnotep. 90
Population Policyp. 91
Endnotep. 106
Work and Familyp. 107
Endnotep. 122
Ageing and Retirementp. 123
Endnotep. 134
Health Policyp. 135
Endnotep. 146
The Environment and the Kyoto Protocolp. 147
Endnotep. 158
Are We Becoming a Branch Office Economy? Taxation, Merger Law and Population Growthp. 159
Endnotep. 177
Microeconomic Reformp. 179
The Way Forwardp. 198
The Way Forward: the Editors' Viewp. 199
Referencesp. 213
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9781741140217
ISBN-10: 1741140218
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st February 2003
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1