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

By Sarah Maddison

An advent to Australian Public coverage: conception and perform is the 1st e-book to comprehensively handle either the theoretical and functional facets of coverage making in Australia. Written in an obtainable variety, this article is designed to introduce scholars to the genuine global demanding situations and abilities concerned about operating in more than a few coverage roles. Drawing on their lonesome studies, the authors floor public coverage idea in a couple of key controversies to demonstrate the contestable nature of the coverage procedure. each one bankruptcy positive factors case experiences that define modern coverage concerns, comparable to the deregulation of the economy, 'Knowledge Nation', paid maternity depart, and the Northern Territory intervention. together with useful routines on tips on how to write coverage briefs and media releases, this booklet is key examining for somebody who must understand how public coverage is built in Australia.

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The executive and its administrative arm, the bureaucracy, administer and enforce these laws and in some instances the judiciary applies and interprets these laws. Government ministers are responsible, both individually and collectively, for all government decisions. Parliament can amend government policy proposals and monitor the work of the executive through the parliamentary committee system. At least this is the theory. In practice, Australia’s separation of powers is not complete. The partial fusion between the legislature and the executive that occurs because the executive is drawn from the legislature according to Westminster convention means that the executive tends to dominate the working of parliament.

The 2004 campaign by Egan and the then Premier, Bob Carr, had no effect on federal government policy and so the issue was revived in 2005 when the federal treasurer tried to entice New South Wales to reduce state taxes with a $330 million ‘sweetener’. Treasurer Refshauge rejected the federal offer out of hand, arguing that the proposed $330 million would not even compensate for the loss of state tax revenue, let alone for the GST shortfall. As several other states fell into line with the federal Treasurer’s demands that they drop certain state stamp duties in line with the original GST agreement, New South Wales threatened to walk away from the funding agreement altogether.

In Australia there were particular concerns that our media ownership laws, industrial standards and some environmental protections would be threatened by an 15 16 Introduction agreement that placed the need for a level playing field for multinational corporations above all other concerns. A community campaign, led by the Stop MAI Coalition, was developed to raise public awareness about the risks posed by the MAI and to pressure Australian politicians not to participate in further negotiations. On 11 November 1998, the following advertisement appeared in The Australian newspaper: MAI?

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