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  • A question for the treasurer: how do you treat mental health without measuring well-being?

    A question for the treasurer: how do you treat mental health without measuring well-being?

    October 13, 2020

    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg mocked the idea of a “well-being budget” as “laughable” back in February. He’s got less reason to laugh now.

    According to an Essential Research poll last week, 78% of Australians agree the pandemic has exposed flaws in the economy and there is an opportunity to explore new ways to run things. A well-being ...

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  • Thinking economists are grappling with why their profession has made our lives worse

    Thinking economists are grappling with why their profession has made our lives worse

    September 24, 2020

    by Ross Gittins, Sydney Morning Herald

    Most economists are great believers in the need for “reform” – for other people, not themselves. Over the past 30 or 40 years, no profession has had more influence over the policies governments have pursued, but the results have hardly been flash.

    Even the lightning speed at which an epidemic in ...

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  • Provisioning Systems for a Good Life Within Planetary Boundaries

    Provisioning Systems for a Good Life Within Planetary Boundaries

    September 9, 2020

    by Andrew L.Fanning, Daniel W.O’Neill and Milena Büchs

    The concept of provisioning systems has recently emerged as a promising way to understand the differences between levels of resource use and social outcomes observed across societies. However, the characteristics of provisioning systems remain poorly understood.

    Here, we make a new contribution to conceptualising provisioning systems and to ...

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Colonial Conservation: The UN proposes the “biggest land grab in history”

Colonial Conservation: The UN proposes the “biggest land grab in history”

Duncan Wallace

Colonial Conservation: The UN proposes the “biggest land grab in history”
Survival International, an NGO that champions tribal peoples around the world, has issued a warning about a proposed UN plan to protect 30 percent of the planet by 2030. At the next Convention on Biological Diversity summit, world leaders plan to agree on turning 30% of the Earth into “Protected...

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Capitalism is idealism, perfected

Capitalism is idealism, perfected

Michael Symons

Capitalism is idealism, perfected
For many of us, the market is an actual gathering of human buyers and sellers, chatting, tasting and sharing produce, which is often fresh and artisanal. At market benches and shop counters, people display and take in a community meal. Mainstream economists turned that market into differential equations. In so...

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James Mumford’s ‘Vexed’, Reviewed

James Mumford’s ‘Vexed’, Reviewed

Jacob Debets

James Mumford’s ‘Vexed’, Reviewed
If you had to pick a defining characteristic of the year 2020, you could do worse than nominate polarisation – the division of people into two sharply contrasting groups or sets of opinions/beliefs. Everywhere across the Western World, deep splits are entrenching on fundamental issues of public interest: from climate...

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