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Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University is Asia and the Pacific’s leading graduate public policy school. Crawford School is home to influential publications including the journal Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, and publications such as East Asia Forum, Dev Policy Blog, Policy Forum, Solutions, and Advance.

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Do we need yet another class of guest workers to pick our fruit? Shutterstock

Why yet another visa for farm work makes no sense

Introducing yet another special agricultural employment visa might destroy the good things about the ones we've got.
The closure of the Hazelwood mine has lessons for the future of coal in Australia. Global Warming Images/AAP

Coal does not have an economic future in Australia

An international report has found there's no future for Australia's coal exports.
Blue-sky thinking? It’s hard to assess the evidence base for the predicted outcomes of the National Energy Guarantee. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Could the NEG bring down power prices? It’s hard to be confident that it will

The final design of the National Energy Guarantee promises that the policy will drive down power prices. But there is precious little evidence for this assertion.
The HECS system is a hybrid policy approach that ensures Australian universities remain accessible while funding remains sustainable. Dean Lewins/AAP

Market v government? In fact, hybrid policy is the best fit for the 21st century

From the 20th-century process of policy trial and error, the nations that married the strengths of markets and government came out ahead.
A mother in a low-income family can lose 85-95% of her earnings from working more days to income tax, loss of benefits and childcare costs. riopatuca/Shutterstock

Mothers have little to show for extra days of work under new tax changes

An 85-95% effective marginal tax rate means the second earner in a low-income family can increase from two days' work a week to three, four or five days and be better off by only about $4,000 a year.
Information warfare in cyberspace could replace reason and reality with rage and fantasy. Shutterstock

How information warfare in cyberspace threatens our freedom

Simulation models show just how effectively fake news and propaganda can shift opinions.
Menaikkan tarif listrik ke tingkat yang mencerminkan biaya produksi mengisyaratkan bahwa listrik adalah komoditas berharga. www.shutterstock.com

Reformasi subsidi listrik di Indonesia mendorong peningkatan efisiensi

Tarif listrik tidak akan naik hingga akhir 2019, tahun pemilihan presiden. Padahal penelitian menunjukkan bahwa pemangkasan subsidi listrik sebelumnya mendorong peningkatan efisiensi pemakaian listrik.
Increasing prices to levels that reflect the costs of production sends a signal that electricity is a valuable commodity. www.shutterstock.com

Indonesia’s electricity subsidy reforms led to improved efficiency

Indonesia will freeze electricity prices until the end of 2019, a presidential election year. Research shows that earlier cuts to electricity subsidies led to improved efficiency in electricity use.
The government is still attempting to lower the corporate tax rate to compete globally. Ben Rushton/AAP

How the government can pay for its proposed company tax cuts

A cut in the Australian company tax rate to 25 or even 20% is important because it will attract foreign investment, boosting wages and the economy in Australia
More blue sky thinking could help the grid get even smarter. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Virtual power plants are in vogue, but they can be like taking a sledgehammer to a nut

'Virtual power plants' offer extra power to the grid by tweaking the operation of batteries and appliances right across the network. But even this might be too blunt a tool for our future energy needs.
Despite billions spent on trying to save water in the Murray Darling Basin, results have been disappointing. John Williams

The Murray Darling Basin Plan is not delivering – there’s no more time to waste

A dozen leading researchers have issued an urgent call to action for the Murray-Darling Basin, arguing that the billions spent on water-efficient irrigation have done little for the rivers' health.

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