Archived publication for 2000
The recent Good Reputation Index is merely self-selected opinion masquerading as fact.
Reflecting on his recent Australian visit, Cornell's Professor of Government notes some striking differences in political attitudes.
The time will come when major raods are priced in similar ways to other networked utilities- and the benefits will be substantial.
Ill-founded attacks on the corporate sector and the decline in union membership are a worry.
The proposed Darwin to Alice rail link rivals the Ord River scheme for sheer waste of public funds.
It's a curious thing- but no-one has yet carried out a serious cost-benefit analysis of Australia's proposed response to Kyoto.
Statutory marketing authorities, such as the AWB, have long held an iron grip on farmers' grain. But thanks to a national competition policy review, that grip may loosen soon- and not before time.
Despite relatively benign conditions for growth, trade union members have done the opposite- and the trend appears to be terminal.
Why are interest groups in tertiary education so implacably opposed to policies which are directly in their members' interests?
Gary Johns on the 'Good Reputation Index'; Jeremy Rabkin examines some of the politics peculiar to Australia; Commercializing major roads; Costing greenhouse; the politics of higher education; trade union decline; grain monopolies; book reviews...