In this issue:
The More That Changes, the More That Remains the Same?
Stereotype and prejudice constitute much of the public understanding of the taxi industry. But what are the real dynamics behind the provision of taxi services in eastern Australia? Maarten Rothengatter takes a broad look at the structural problems with the industry at a time when a number of governmental inquiries are investigating the scope for change.
What is a Fair Fare?
Frustration and expense are often part and parcel of moving around in the modern city. And so governments around the world are responding with many initiatives to make cities more efficient and liveable. Are they doing a good job? In this article, David Bremner suggests that Brisbane residents, at least, can justifiably expect more from their public transport system.
Intergenerational Report Avoids Hard Policy Decisions
Economics is the science of scarcity. Among our scarce resources is public policy that focuses on the long-term. In this article, Scott Prasser and Gary Johns argue that governments are still avoiding the hard decisions about planning for the future.
Women in Politics: More than Media Darlings, Tarts and Clichés?
The participation of women in public life has often been limited by gender stereotypes that assume their proper place is in the private sphere. But with the entry of more and more women into the public domain, particularly in leadership roles, these stereotypes may be weakening. Liz van Acker explores how women are moving beyond stale labels.
Politics and Responsibility
Should Peter Garrett have resigned with the unravelling of the federal Government’s now discontinued Home Insulation Program? The political convention dictates that he should have, but the actual history of such matters suggests he had no obligation to go. In this article, Martin Leet wonders what might be put in place of the outdated notion of Ministerial responsibility.