Category Archives: Economics and public policy

How will shared autonomous electric vehicles change our cities? A Troppo challenge

This month’s print and online editions of The CEO Magazine include a piece by me on carmakers’ concerns about SAEVs – shared autonomous electric vehicles. Short version: the carmakers all believe that SAEVs will happen, and perhaps quite soon, probably sometime … Continue reading

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Patricia Edgar on Children’s TV: Part Two

Continued from Part One. The ABC and Children’s Programming – The Highs, Lows and Power-plays The promise of the early years When ABC television first aired, on November 5, 1956, children’s programs presented a dilemma. There was no Australian film … Continue reading

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Patricia Edgar on Children’s TV: Part One

Many readers will have heard of Patricia Edgar who was a giant force in Australian cultural life from the 1970s. She more than anyone else was responsible for lifting the tone of children’s TV in Australia. In any event I was talking to her … Continue reading

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You get what you pay for: MP’s edition

Does It Matter How and How Much Politicians are Paid? by Duha T. Altindag, Elif S. Filiz, Erdal Tekin – #23613 (LS POL) Abstract: An important question in representative democracies is how to ensure that politicians behave in the best … Continue reading

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Garbage in, garbage out and civil service effectiveness

The often good Institute for Government has added to the world’s league ladders. As Woody Allen says in Annie Hall “All you people do in California is give away awards. Adolf Hitler: Greatest Fascist Dictator”. Anyway, who doesn’t need an effective … Continue reading

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The worst bit of old age is not being extended. It’s being delayed.

You’ve heard it a million times: in developed nations, populations are ageing. But what does that mean? At the extremes, it could mean either of two quite different things. It could mean a host of frail elderly people stuck in … Continue reading

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The Overton window – Overton juggernaut Science edition: Part 4

I’ve written about the Overton window previously. 1 Of its crazy, gravitational pull. Of the way in which things are outside the Overton window, not because they would offend anyone, not because there’s big money out to stop them but just, … Continue reading

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