The rapid growth of Melbourne is threatening the very liveability that makes it attractive to so many people.
The increasing global focus on essential services and public space as a key combination for successful city-making is relevant to fast-growing Australian cities too.
Dormitories are commonly targeted in school burnings.
Acts of arson by Kenyan high school students have been characterised as 'mindless hooliganism'. But research shows that students are actually engaging in purposeful, reasoned political action.
Time to look closer to home.
Immigration has been wrongly blamed for the growing pressure on Britain's public services.
Who gets what?
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Some charities get millions and have a large number of assets, but they're also doing more too.
Most ‘taxes’ in South Africa fall outside of the control and oversight of parliament.
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South Africans spend billions of rands paying for services that should be provided by government, thus making the tax burden considerably higher than what appears in official tax data.
We might be ambivalent about taxation because it challenges our sense of ourselves as individuals – and we may not trust governments to spend it properly.
Many of us are happy for governments to increase spending on public services, but we don't like the idea of higher taxes. There are some good reasons for this.
Public services delivered by blockchain? Taxes paid in bitcoin? Not so far fetched, a UK government report says.
Nothing gets past PC Puppet. Well, not many things.
After years of cuts, some communities are hiring their own bobbies. That has serious implications for everyone else.
Keeping government to account.
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New research has shown the benefits of the process that holds public bodies to account.
Up in smoke.
The UK government has proposed to extend the remit of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to cover other emergency services, including fire and rescue. The system has been called a “failed experiment…
Many charities have no option but to operate on a hand-to-mouth basis.
When funding comes sporadically with strings attached, how can vital services keep running?
The study found most residents have positive attitudes toward local government.
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A new study of more than 2000 Australians has found we care deeply about local councils, and overwhelmingly want governments -- not private contractors -- to deliver local services.
Millions of calls to Centrelink went unanswered as Australians waited a collective total of 811 years in 2013-14.
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Centrelink's failure to answer calls is a sign of a deeper problem: a lack of respect from government services for vulnerable citizens.
Recent surveys have highlighted a deeper malaise in the public’s faith in its core institutions and leaders.
The 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer points to an “evaporation of trust” in institutions and leaders worldwide. The annual survey finds a decline in trust overall, with more countries classified as distrusting…
Pulling the plug on services will be costly.
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Public sector workers have been taking to the streets protesting the below-inflation pay rises and austerity. The Trades Union Congress hoped this would send a clear message to the British government…
Whichever way you look at it, tax cuts cause losses for all.
One of the Conservative Party’s major promises to emerge in its party conference was the promise of tax cuts to reduce the burden of government on hardworking families who do the right thing. Many critics…
The draft report of the Competition Policy Review elevates consumer choice above all other considerations.
Are we consumers or are we citizens? Clearly most of us are both. In a capitalist economy people get much of what they need through competitive markets. Yet we also live within a society and have reasonable…