Once paid, tax becomes the property of the government. Pretending otherwise undermines the basic principles of the social contract.
NOAA released its list of climate and weather disasters that cost the nation more than $1 billion each. Like many climate and weather events this past year, it shattered the record.
Outgoing Chief Scientist Alan Finkel leaves a legacy of closer ties between policy makers and scientific experts.
The United States was built on the idea of public safety and well-being. Those values have been slowly eroded since the '80s. Can the U.S. find its way back to a more caring civil society?
Jacinda Ardern and Labour are returned to power in a landslide, making New Zealand political history in the process.
Biosecurity and public health laws have given federal and state governments enormous powers to battle coronavirus. If we're not careful, though, some powers could remain long after the pandemic.
There is a growing lament in Australia that politicians let us down. But the lesson from the pandemic is that we, the people, have the power to change our economy and politics for a better future.
As we clear the path towards a COVID-normal, mental illness prevention must be prioritised. Including it as a focus of the National Preventive Health Strategy could be a start.
The centralised system that made NZ's initial pandemic response so successful also explains the recent failures at the border.
Branch stacking raises broader questions about the health of our political parties. There are alternative forms of representation that could bring ordinary Australians into the political system again.
Can you find a FedEx store that mimics the design creativity and quality of early US post offices? What are we left with when the best parts of public life are treated like for-profit entities?
For a COVID-19 vaccine to stop the pandemic, a large percentage of the population will have to get vaccinated. A law professor explains how far government and employer vaccine mandates can legally go.
A close look at Florida's economy shows just how vulnerable the state and its population are to a pandemic, and some of the reasons state officials hesitate to take action.
The government wants to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the definition of “small” is still pretty big.
The federal government has declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. Two public health scholars explain what that means.
The UK is on the tipping point of a humanitarian emergency. To tackle this the government must now give more money to local authorities.
The government today issued a statement extending the travel ban for non-Australian's from China, and in doing so extended a priority on health and well-being over economy.
This is Boris Johnson's first major cabinet reshuffle since the Conservatives' general election victory.
Governments must think very carefully before sacrificing the very human rights that give the state its identity and democracy.
Our government has grappled for years to devise ethical standards for ministers and other officials. But codes are only part of the answer – MPs must also take responsibility for their own conduct.