Essays


Human Rights For and Against

In Human Rights For and Against, Spencer Zifcak and Alison King consider the historical and philosophical underpinnings of human rights and the nature and adequacy of the existing legal protection of fundamental rights in Australia…

Global poverty

This essay examines the extent of global poverty, its significance and its impacts. It considers a range of approaches for reducing poverty and reviews the status of global action aimed at meeting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals…

The Australian Economy

The Australian Economy is an essay describing and analysing Australia’s economy and examining critical issues for a sustainable long term economy, able to meet any social and environmental challenges….

Corruption

The essay Corruption discusses the nature of corruption in public life, anti-corruption measures and anti-corruption commissions in different jurisdictions in Australia…

In or out? Building an inclusive nation

The essay In or out? argues that Australia needs a new social policy based on social inclusion principles and social investment to strengthen our economy…

Democracy under siege

The essay Democracy under siege discusses the nature of democracy in Australia, democratic challenges facing us, recent developments in other major democracies and what we might now do in Australia…

Together at last?

The essay Together at last? Economists and Environmentalists argues that economics has the tools available to deal with environmental challenges. What is missing, it insists, is not the know-how but the will to act…