By Robert Merkel on July 6, 2013
Victoria’s Education Act of 1872 instituted free, secular and compulsory education through a centrally-run state system in the then-colony, a model that was quickly adopted by the other states and territories. Now, it seems that Tony Abbott and the Coalition […]
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By Robert Merkel on April 4, 2012
For anyone who’s paid any attention whatsoever to expert opinion on the issue, the Australia 21 report on illicit drug policy is profoundly unsurprising. Prohibition has failed, and imposes massive human and financial costs on all of us.
By Robert Merkel on February 15, 2012
If you’re trying to make sense of Alcoa’s threats to close the Point Henry aluminium smelter near Geelong, you should start with the Grattan Institute’s 2010 report on the effects of the carbon tax on Australian industry. Aluminium is one […]
By Robert Merkel on January 31, 2012
The Victorian government’s “scientific trial” of cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park has been stopped permanently by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke under the National Heritage Act. Here’s the Ministerial press release, and here’s the formal notice of the […]
By Paul Norton on January 23, 2012
I have previously posted about the potential pitfalls of framing the fire hazard reduction task in Australian landscapes in terms of simple numerical targets, which I characterised as a Big Dumb Number approach. Nonetheless, the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission decided […]
By Robert Merkel on January 17, 2012
After the controversy surrounding the two past Victorian police commissioners, it seems that traditionalists are going to like Ken Lay just fine. One of his first acts as commissioner was a new dress code that bans officers from having ponytails, […]
By Robert Merkel on November 15, 2011
How can the government minimize the political and financial risks of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation?
By Robert Merkel on October 27, 2011
Margaret Simons at Crikey summarizes the Victorian Office of Police Integrity’s report of an investigation of the dealings between the Victorian Police Association, former Deputy Commissioner Sir Ken Jones, ministerial adviser (and former police officer) Tristan Weston, and various Victorian […]
By Robert Merkel on July 21, 2011
It’s been roughly six months since the election of the Baillieu government in Victoria. Elected on a platform of – essentially – fixing the perceived infrastructure screw-ups of the Brumby era, Laura Norder, and Baillieu coming across as less of a smart-arse than John Brumby, it was unclear what else, if anything, they stood for.
By Robert Merkel on June 30, 2011
If you take the figures in the Victorian Auditor-General’s report on the auction of pokie licenses as gospel, it’s arguably the most single most financially costly mistake the Bracks-Brumby government made. The report estimates that a fair market value for […]
By Kim on March 28, 2011
Lots and lots of column inches and bits and bytes are being devoured in analysis of commentary on the federal implications of the NSW election result for Julia Gillard, Labor MPs in New South Wales, The Greens, Bob Brown, the […]