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The political economy of Medicare

I always say that political economy is the best (or least worst) lens through which to examine how health systems work. This goes for Medicare, which is far more than a service delivery model  and has massive institutional and political … Continue reading

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Morrison’s “secret powers” scandal: democracy is safe

Scott Morrison’s “secret powers” are being heralded in much of the media as proof that he was up to no good. The simpler explanation is that on governance issues, he was often just not much good. As a journalist and … Continue reading

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Standards Part Two: Comparative Standards

Standards: continued from Part One. I. Introduction Why is this man smiling? He’s smiling because he is Charles Francis Richter and he came up with the Richter scale. And if you have come up with the Richter scale, every time … Continue reading

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The Melbourne Suburban Rail Loop’s fragile business case shows governments need an Evaluator-General

We have a broken process for evaluating costly government investments. The evolving plan for an underground railway through Melbourne’s middle suburbs reminds us that we need something better. The Victoria government is currently in the early stages of building what … Continue reading

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Michael Polanyi, Karl Popper and the philosophy of science (with an eye to blockchain)

I’ve been working on a joint paper with someone else about blockchain. One way the paper might develop would be to argue that the discussion of DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations) using blockchain technology should now be cognisant of the chasm … Continue reading

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A letter to Scandinavia

Dear Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Iceland (Scandinavia), First off, thank you for the last 18 months. Almost alone in ‘the West’, you have either avoided covid madness completely (Sweden) or at least regained your sanity more quickly (the rest). … Continue reading

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Time to Dissent

I have been fully vaccinated. I wear a mask. I believe that lockdowns drove the number of infections in Melbourne to zero. I scan the QR code whenever I have the chance. When I go to the supermarket, it is … Continue reading

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