Public schools in some states outsourced their cleaning services to private companies as part of a neoliberal experiment starting in the 1990s. This has had a host of impacts, including on students.
A recent damning report on probation shows the need to reassess outsourcing by the public sector.
Why choice should not be the most important factor in elder care.
Three important lessons from three recent privatisations.
Turning prisons into a market opportunity could open them up to corruption.
The NSW government will spend more than $23 billion on toll road, and recoup just $4 billion by selling it.
A motion to privatise the ABC, no matter how vigorously repudiated by the government, is political poison, and may now reap a political harvest.
Under current EU rules, Britain cannot recreate a railway monopoly. It can, however, follow the lead of other EU countries in bringing more of the rail sector into public ownership.
Three important aspects of international trade deals will limit the UK's democratic control over trade.
Two decades ago, the then SA premier, John Olsen, defied a campaign promise and announced plans to privatise the state's electricity industry. It's been a high-voltage issue ever since.
The evidence shows that PFI is always more costly relative to its publicly funded alternative – and by as much as 40% in some cases.
No other country has fully adopted the UK model of railway privatisation. And for good reason.
The Australian superannuation system was originally meant to be government-run, and so many necessary protections weren't included.
Probation services in the UK are straining under a system that prioritises profit above rehabilitation.
Prisons are big business in Australia. Companies not only run entire prisons but provide many of the services. But what does the research say about the impact?
No matter whether competitive tendering or negotiation is used, operators that do not meet clear and transparent service benchmarks should be shown the door.
The way land titles are issued, bought and sold will soon be very different, thanks to privatisation and technology.
Privatisation talk in South Africa shows how state owned enterprises are being used as tools for enrichment by the connected and less as key elements of development.
There is no good case for bailing out South African Airways, it's simply a matter of avoiding a potentially catastrophic debt default.
The privatisation of the probation service is failing both offenders and victims.