OECD says Australia is the best, but…

Yesterday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development launched an updated version of a report called Your Better Life Index. This report compares the performance of 36 countries using criteria such as life satisfaction, safety, health, housing, community and governance. Rather than just accepting the media good-news story that Australia is on … Continue reading

The difference between Climate and Weather

 Our Climate Commission has just released a report entitled The Critical Decade. These are the key messages from the report: There is no doubt that the climate is changing. The evidence is overwhelming and clear. We are already seeing the social, economic and environmental impacts of a changing climate. It … Continue reading

What global financial crisis?

I’m finding myself increasingly impressed by the economic and social views of Ross Gittins, the financial columnist for the Herald newspaper in Sydney. His article today was about finding the right balance for the role of the state in our lives. At one extreme is libertarianism and at the other socialism. Ross’s observation … Continue reading