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Policy Forum Pod is the podcast of Policy Forum.net - Asia and the Pacific's platform for public policy debate, analysis and discussion. Policy Forum is based at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

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Policy Forum Pod is the podcast of Policy Forum.net - Asia and the Pacific's platform for public policy debate, analysis and discussion. Policy Forum is based at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

    Talking with the tax team about policy

    Talking with the tax team about policy

    On this week’s Policy Forum Pod we lift the lid on one of the most hotly-contested policy areas – taxes – and speak to the authors of a new report on how we can create a tax system that eases the unfair burden on younger Australians.

    Despite repeated calls for reform – including Ken Henry’s Tax Review of 2008 – Australia’s tax system remains complex. But according to the authors of a new report, it’s not just complicated and hard to understand, but also a system that unfairly penalises younger people while giving older, wealthier Australians concessions. So, what’s going wrong in Australia’s tax system, why have we found it so politically problematic to get substantial change, and what would a fairer tax system for all look like? This week on Policy Forum Pod we speak to two of the report’s authors, Professor Robert Breunig and Kristen Sobeck.

    The report, The taxation of savings in Australia: theory, current practice and future policy directions is written by Peter Varela, Kristen Sobeck, and Professor Robert Breunig at Crawford School’s Tax and Transfer Policy Institute. It is available to download here.

    Professor Robert Breunig is the director of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute. He conducts research in three main areas: economics of the household, empirical industrial organisation, and statistical and econometric theory.

    Kristen Sobeck is a Senior Research Officer at Crawford School of Public Policy's Tax and Transfer Policy Institute.

    Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.

    Policy Forum Pod is available on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Subscribe on Android or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to podcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group.
     
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    • 40 min
    A precarious position - Indonesia’s workers in the pandemic

    A precarious position - Indonesia’s workers in the pandemic

    On this episode, we hear from leading Indonesia experts about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on jobs, particularly on vulnerable workers in the country’s massive informal sector.

    As elsewhere in the world, Indonesia’s devastating COVID-19 health crisis is having a major impact on the country’s economy. The Indonesian government projects that five and a half million of its citizens could lose their jobs as a result of reduced economic activity, with many of these being workers from the country’s massive informal sector. With limited access to social security or healthcare, this crisis will leave many of Indonesia’s most vulnerable people on the brink. But with reported infections recently exceeding 100,000 and some of the lowest testing rates in the world, the future remains deeply uncertain for many in the Southeast Asian nation. On this episode, we hear from leading Indonesia experts - special adviser to the Indonesian Minister of Finance Dr Titik Anas, Dr Chris Manning, and Joana Octavia - who discuss the impact the crisis is having on jobs in the country.

    This episode is based on a live recording of an event at Crawford School of Public Policy’s Indonesia Project, ‘Jobs and pandemic: the case of Indonesia’. You can access the full recording at Crawford.anu.edu.au or on the Crawford School of Public Policy YouTube channel.

    Dr Titik Anas is a Special Adviser to the Indonesian Minister of Finance and a Lecturer at Universitas Padjadjaran. Her research interests lie in international trade issues, macroeconomics, industrial organisation, investment policy and small-scale business development.

    Joanna Octavia is a PhD scholar at the Warwick Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Indonesia.

    Dr Chris Manning is an Honorary Associate Professor in Crawford School of Public Policy's Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at The Australian National University. His research focuses on labour markets. regional development, poverty, and economic development in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

    Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.

    Policy Forum Pod is available on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Subscribe on Android or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to podcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group.
     
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    The future of healthcare and the fight against COVID-19

    The future of healthcare and the fight against COVID-19

    On this episode, we’re joined by top health practitioners and policy experts to tackle the elimination versus suppression debate, plus why a comprehensive approach to health and wellbeing is so important for our future.

    With another outbreak of COVID-19 in Victoria, and the threat of more cases emerging across state borders weighing heavily on the minds of the Australian population, the country’s suppression strategy has been called into question. But is eliminating the virus a possibility as case numbers globally skyrocket? In the second edition of Dr Arnagretta Hunter’s ‘human futures’ Policy Forum Pod takeover, infectious diseases expert Dr Ashwin Swaminathan draws on his first-hand experience treating COVID-19 cases as Clinical Director of General Medicine at Canberra Hospital to shed light on the situation. Plus returning pod guest Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity at The Australian National University (ANU), joins us to talk about why our future health and wellbeing requires a comprehensive approach from government that goes beyond just primary healthcare.

    Dr Ashwin Swaminathan is a physician and infectious diseases specialist. In addition to his clinical work he has completed a PhD at The Australian National University looking at climate change and infectious diseases, and has research interest in environmental epidemiology. He is also Clinical Director, General Medicine at Canberra Hospital.

    Dr Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of Menzies School for Health Governance at The Australian National University

    Dr Arnagretta Hunter is a cardiologist, physician, and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at ANU Medical School.

    Policy Forum Pod is available on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Subscribe on Android or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to podcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group.
     
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    • 47 min
    Food for thought

    Food for thought

    On this special ‘human futures’ episode, Dr Arnagretta Hunter takes the reins and is joined by Dr Robyn Alders and Dr Tayanah O’Donnell to discuss a rethink in how we value food, and why mitigation and adaptation to climate change are key to building a better future.

    Food is at the heart of how we live and where we live. But around the world, agricultural systems are being challenged, food producers are often not reaping the fruits of their labour, and obesity is on the rise in highly developed nations. Joined by Future Earth’s Dr Tayanah O’Donnell and Professor Robyn Alders AO, guest presenter Dr Arnagretta Hunter looks why food is at the heart of our future, why policymakers must provide the frameworks to simultaneously mitigate and adapt to climate change, and asks whether constant growth is really the only way for humans prosper.

    Dr Tayanah O'Donnell is a lawyer, human geographer, and Executive Director of Future Earth Australia.

    Robyn Alders AO is an Honorary Professor with the Development Policy Centre at The Australian National University (ANU), a Senior Scientific Advisor with the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, and Chair of the Kyeema Foundation.

    Dr Arnagretta Hunter is a cardiologist, physician, and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at ANU Medical School.

    Policy Forum Pod is available on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Subscribe on Android or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to podcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group.
     
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    • 48 min
    Pacific policy responses to COVID-19

    Pacific policy responses to COVID-19

    On this episode, we speak with The Australian National University’s Meg Keen, Henry Ivarature, and Nicole Haley about the successes and struggles in the Pacific Island region as it manages the coronavirus crisis.

    Despite so far avoiding widespread COVID-19 infections, the risk of a major outbreak in the Pacific Island region remains real while the virus continues to wreak havoc around the world. In addition to the ongoing health threat, the region is dealing with the devastating economic impacts of the pandemic. With tourism representing a major component of the regional economy prior to the crisis, how are governments and donors in the region supporting people now out of work? What impact has the crisis had on policymakers’ ability to address other challenges in the region, like the deadly rise of non-communicable diseases? And is Australia delivering on its promised ‘step-up’? On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, we chat with Professor Meg Keen, Dr Henry Ivarature, and Associate Professor Nicole Haley about how the region is managing the crisis, what has worked in the response so far, and what else needs to be done as the pandemic rolls on.

    Dr Nicole Haley is Head of the Department of Pacific Affairs and Associate Professor at The Australian National University.

    Professor Meg Keen is Director of Australia Pacific Security College at The Australian National University. She has also a been senior policy fellow in the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia program at ANU.

    Dr Henry Ivarature is a Pacific Lecturer at Australia Pacific Security College at The Australian National University.

    Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.

    Policy Forum Pod is available on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Subscribe on Android or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to podcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group. Image: Michael Coghlan on Flickr.
     
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    • 40 min
    Tackling the loss of local news

    Tackling the loss of local news

    Even before COVID-19 struck, local news was struggling, with newspapers moving to online or disappearing completely. So is there a role for policy in protecting and supporting the essential role local news plays in our democracy? We’re joined by Caroline Fisher and Carolyn Hendriks to get the headlines and check the small print.

    New research has revealed that while rural and regional Australians value local news, about a quarter have no local news at all. Journalists, meanwhile, are being asked to cover expanded geographical areas, and having to apply their skills well beyond writing articles. So what effect is this squeeze on local news having on communities, what are communities doing to tackle it, and is there a role for policy that ensures communities are informed? Joining us to talk about her new research is Associate Professor Caroline Fisher of the University of Canberra, and Associate Professor Carolyn Hendriks of Crawford School of Public Policy.

    Caroline Fisher is an Assistant Professor in journalism at the University of Canberra. She is a member of the News & Media Research Centre and co-author of the annual Digital News Report-Australia.

    Carolyn Hendriks is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Governance at The Australian National University's Crawford School of Public Policy.

    Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.

    Policy Forum Pod is available on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Subscribe on Android or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to podcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group.
     
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_Aditia ,

One of the best Public Policy podcast show

I can imagine that I’ll still listen to this podcast, even years after finishing my study at Crawford. The topics are current & the panels are insightful. If you’re either public policy scholars or practitioners, this podcast is for you.

afinno ,

Excellent commentary from the people behind the scenes

In an age of fake news and alt-facts this podcasts it a refreshing respite.

I help run a small political party and knowing that there are people like this behind the scenes give me hope.

Really hope we get to work with some of you in the future.

Keep up the good work!

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Smart people talking about complex issues

Great podcast taking an evidence based approach with experts discussing the thorny issues of the day

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