Archived publication for 2000
The Howard Government has embarked on another most important journey- the reform of the welfare state.
Australian periodicals will simply not survive until they do something quite different- and do it well.
Despite policies to improve economic efficiency and better target welfare, the welfare state continues to expand. But it can't do so forever.
Building trust across racial lines can't be legislated for or imposed from above. Genuine reconciliation rests on personal relationships in civil society.
The 'Third Way' talk sits uneasily with the cleavages in Australian politics. Perhaps there is a fourth way to be had?
The Biosafety Protocol as a Case Study. The Biosafety Protocol is damaging to both Australia's sovereignty adn to its economic interests. It needs to be scrapped and the treaty process made more transparent.
Even to question the politically correct position on indigenous matters is to invite the charge of 'racism'. But failure to pursue the truth is bad for Australian politics and for indigenous people.
Until recently, Taiwan's importance to Australia has been overshadowed by a careful obeisance to mainland China- but maybe that is about to change.
Although there are signs of new thinking about welfare, the really hard questions in the welfare debate have yet to be asked- and discussed.