On Saturday the 8th of April, I co-hosted Saturday Magazine on Joy 94.9FM with David McCarthy. Over the course of two hours we discussed a variety of issues, including the latest news in American and Australian politics, trends in education, youth homelessness and support for LGBTQ youth and the trials and tribulations of the AOC election.
A particular highlight was to catch up with good friend and former schoolmate, Paul Millar, who’s now based in Pnomh Penh in Cambodia writing for a local magazine.
You can listen to a variety of our conversations here:
As I watched ABC’s Q&A Monday episode, The National Economic Debate, I sat despairing at yet another missed opportunity to talk ambitiously about policy reforms in Australia. After an excellent question from the crowd about the merits of reforming the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to broaden its base and potentially increase the rate (whilst concurrently reducing and eliminating other inefficient and distortionary taxes), both Treasurer Chris Bowen and Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey manoeuvered their way out of discussing what is a sensible reform. It was arguably the most disappointing element of what was a very entertaining and substantive debate between Bowen and Hockey that covered the breadth of economic issues facing Australia.
The last three years haven’t been great for Australia’s political reputation around the world. Despite an economy that’s the envy of most, and our ascension to a seat on the Security Council in the United Nations, we’ve developed a worrying habit of knifing our elected leaders. As Nick Bryant, BBC’s former Australia correspondent, so neatly encapsulated after March’s failed Labor Leadership Spill, we’ve become the “coup capital” of the world. It’s seemingly with this issue in mind, amongst others, that recently re-installed Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, has proposed reforms to open up election of the Labor leadership to members of party.