An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and by Sarah Maddison

By Sarah Maddison

An advent to Australian Public coverage: concept and perform is the 1st e-book to comprehensively deal with either the theoretical and sensible points of coverage making in Australia. Written in an available sort, this article is designed to introduce scholars to the true international demanding situations and abilities taken with operating in a number coverage roles. Drawing all alone reports, the authors flooring public coverage idea in a couple of key controversies to demonstrate the contestable nature of the coverage strategy. every one bankruptcy gains case experiences that define modern coverage matters, equivalent to the deregulation of the economic climate, 'Knowledge Nation', paid maternity go away, and the Northern Territory intervention. together with useful routines on the best way to write coverage briefs and media releases, this booklet is key studying for a person who must understand how public coverage is constructed in Australia.

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This view suggests that parliament has become little more than a rubber stamp. In contrast, Liz Young (2000) has argued that relations between the executive and the legislature, or between the government of the day and the parliament, can be understood as falling into three phases. Between 1901 and 1909 parliament was dominated by high levels of party instability as three fairly equal groups (free traders, protectionists and the Labor Party) struggled for power. No single party could control both houses of parliament, meaning that alliances and negotiations were required to pass legislation.

Viewing citizens as ‘customers’ redefines the relationship between government and the public as both passive and commercial; as a transaction rather than an interactive political engagement. In this view government comes to be seen as independent of its ‘customers’, the public, and consumer complaints and consumer rights replace ideas of public duty and responsibility. 2. The new emphasis on the individual as consumer over the collective responsibilities of government may limit the capacity of government to act in the public interest.

The accompanying letter, signed by over 500 individuals and organisations, was sent to the then Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, and to the Chair of the OECD MAI Negotiating Group in Paris. Organisations like the Australian Stop MAI Coalition used the internet to coordinate a powerful international campaign against the proposed treaty. This new global protest movement is widely credited with influencing the eventual decision by the OECD at the end of 1998 to cease pursuing negotiation of the MAI.

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