Students protest outside the parliament in South Africa. The protest is seen as part of a bigger political crisis.
South Africa's economic challenges of 2016 are largely a reflection of its inability to change in the light of global shocks.
Nelson Mandela came to power in 1994 with a promise to redress historical in equalities in South Africa.
South Africa has made remarkable progress in redressing its historically and mainly race based deprivations but a lot still needs to be done.
Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison says interest rate cuts are a ‘matter for the RBA,’ but he doesn’t want them to fall any lower.
While Australia faces its greatest economic challenges in a generation, we are still waiting for the greatest economic reformers in a generation to arrive.
Wealth inequality is a bigger challenge than income inequality in South Africa.
When South African inequality is discussed, the focus tends to be on income brackets. But the main problem is wealth inequality
Residents of Flint, Michigan wait at a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. on the water crisis.
Hillary Clinton has elevated environmental justice to a high level as a presidential nominee, but as the Flint water crisis demonstrates, the deeper problem lies in ineffective government agencies.
An integrated reform blueprint for federal and state politics could comprise eight elements.
Political funding in Australia is governed by different rules for state (some of which do not require disclosure) and federal governments. And both levels suffer significant weaknesses.
Tony Abbott sought to rule rather than govern, in much the same way that Kevin Rudd did. Both unravelled.
Only when systems change and cultural adjustments occur will the political class return to governing rather than ruling.
In a new book, former prime minister Paul Keating makes it clear that, from a young age, he was interested in power and the gaining of it.
Kerry O'Brien has provided the platform for Paul Keating to define his political career, explain what drove his reform agenda and cement his position as one of Australia's greatest leaders.
Most student protests in South Africa during 2015 have been peaceful and organised, but there have been moments of violent confrontation.
Two narratives have emerged from student protests in South Africa: reform on the one hand - and revolution on the other. Which narrative will triumph?
Palestinian men pray in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-amid.
Religion and modernity need not be at odds with one another, and many leading Muslim thinkers are plumbing early texts to promote progressive ideas.
Neville Wran, New South Wales premier from 1976 to 1986, was Australia’s first modern leader, building and using ‘political capital’.
Tax reform will be a hard sell, even for a prime minister of Malcolm Turnbull’s standing and imagination.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to members of his ministerial economic team.
The reform debate in these first days of Malcolm Turnbull's government is dominated by a huge laden table, from which nothing is being removed.
Niccolo Machiavelli recognised the absolute importance of dealing with necessity – what we know today as ‘reform’.
Santi di Tito
In our modern age, reform means essentially mastering necessity – taking what steps are necessary to ensure that one’s country survives and prospers.
Joe Hockey’s approach to reform would be to treat voters as consumers, with promises of lower taxes and more wealth.
Good societies with secure public systems will increase investment much faster than company or personal tax cuts.
John Howard sealed his fate by going too far with WorkChoices, but he got the balance right and succeeded with the GST reform.
The distinction between the global and the local is collapsing under the pressure of climate change, economic restructuring, global migration and jihadism on the one hand and the populist and information…
A core problem for Treasurer Joe Hockey is that the public doesn’t share the Abbott government’s fervour for budget cuts and market policies.
The recent losses of first-term governments in Queensland and Victoria suggests that some of the assumed verities of political process are being challenged. These results and the rapid shifting legitimacy…
Christopher Pyne argues that the government is on the side of history in reforming higher education, but it is a bad history that he evokes.
After the defeat of the Abbott government’s higher education bills in the Senate, Education Minister Christopher Pyne invoked the legacy of past “reforms” that had been violently contested at the time…
Forced to defend the broken promises embedded in its budget, the government has left people worried about hidden post-election agendas.
Political and business leaders are touting the next 12 months as a make-or-break year for the country’s reform agenda - and Australia’s economy. A number of big changes will be proposed and debated. These…
The budget: more that we wanted, less than we need.
This week’s budget was clearly highly political. The question is what its economic impact will be. My overall assessment is that the Abbott government has burnt too much political capital for too little…
Couple risk getting caught by the tide.
Vicki & Chuck Rogers
Your common-law wife and husband do not exist. Next month will see the latest stage in the latest attempt to improve the legal standing for people that live together but choose not to marry. With nearly…