In his landmark book of political economy, The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism, Gøsta Esping-Andersen posits that there are three welfare state archetypes that a country can fit into. Yet, Australia poses a problem for Esping-Andersen’s thesis. Esping-Anderson claims that Australia’s social security system, due to its reliance
Amidst the economic recovery currently underway in Australia, the federal government has an important decision that will decide the retirement outcomes for all Australians. This decision is whether or not to stop the planned increases in the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) rate. The rate currently stands at 9.5% (of earnings)
The Comprehensive Plan of Action for Indochinese Refugees (CPA) has been praised for upholding ‘international solidarity’ and responding to what was the burgeoning refugee crisis of 1989. It has also been criticised for its execution, with critics arguing that it is an example of international buck-passing and questionable compromises.
The focus of my final post will be the first session of the ACE Business Symposium, titled ‘Structural Adjustment: The Dutch Disease and Public Policy in Australia’. The session opened with a methodical and articulate speech from Professor Max Corden of the University of Melbourne, summarising his findings in a