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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.

    Assuming new roles - gender, the pay gap, and violence against women

    Assuming new roles - gender, the pay gap, and violence against women

    On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, economist Robert Breunig and gender, work, and employment expert Rae Cooper join Sharon Bessell to discuss the gender pay gap and disturbing new findings about domestic violence and gender income balance.

    New research shows that domestic violence is committed on female partners in heterosexual couples significantly more frequently when the woman earns more than the man. What does this mean for the assumption that increased economic security would lead to reducing violence? How can policymakers challenge the gender norms that underlie so much inequality, in the workplace and elsewhere? What does the research show about what young women and men want from work, and what does that reveal about the gender pay gap? On the new episode of Policy Forum Pod, Professor Sharon Bessell speaks with ANU Crawford School of Public Policy’s Professor Robert Breunig and University of Sydney’s Professor Rae Cooper about these questions and more.

    Rae Cooper is Professor of Gender, Work and and Employment Relations and Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group at University of Sydney.

    Robert Breunig is a Professor at Crawford School and 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.

    Sharon Bessell is Professor of Public Policy and Director of Gender Equity and Diversity at Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU.

    In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000. You can also find a list of support resources here.

    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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    • 46 min
    Bushfires, inequality, and planning for the future

    Bushfires, inequality, and planning for the future

    On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Quentin Grafton and Arnagretta Hunter join Sharon Bessell to discuss what governments need to do to protect Australia’s most vulnerable citizens amidst the threat of increasingly severe bushfires.

    In the summer of 2019/2020, Australia burned, temperatures soared, and smoke blanketed much of the southeast of the country. It was dubbed ‘unprecedented’, but as global temperatures rise extreme weather events like these are set to become more common. So what does this mean for Australians experiencing socio-economic disadvantage? What do policymakers need to do to protect the most vulnerable? And how should governments engage with local communities to ensure the right decisions are made? On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Professor Quentin Grafton and Dr Arnagretta Hunter join Professor Sharon Bessell to discuss the impact of bushfires on vulnerable Australians.

    Quentin Grafton is Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy, Professor of Economics at Crawford School, an ANU Public Policy Fellow, and Editor-in-Chief of Policy Forum.

    Sharon Bessell is Professor of Public Policy and Director of Gender Equity and Diversity at Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU.

    Arnagretta Hunter is a cardiologist, physician, and a Senior Clinical Lecturer for 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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    • 46 min
    On life’s lottery with Glyn Davis

    On life’s lottery with Glyn Davis

    On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, we hear from public policy expert Professor Glyn Davis who joined Professor Helen Sullivan live at The Australian National University to take a big picture look at inequality in Australia.

    It’s a common refrain that Australia is the land of the ‘fair go’. Despite the pervasiveness of this national myth, so many aspects of people’s lives are determined by chance - whether it’s where they’re born or the socio-economic circumstances they’re born into. On this special live-recorded episode of Policy Forum Pod, author of On Life’s Lottery Professor Glyn Davis joins Crawford School of Public Policy Director Professor Helen Sullivan to discuss what our obligations are to each other in a world of inequality.

    Glyn Davis is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Crawford School, Chair of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Research Committee, and CEO of the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Australia's largest philanthropic trust.

    Helen Sullivan is Director of ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. She has published widely on public policy, and public governance.

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

    This podcast was recorded live at The Australian National University.

    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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    • 46 min
    Marching for justice

    Marching for justice

    On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Kim Rubenstein, Sharon Bessell, and Arnagretta Hunter reflect on the March4Justice protests and the policy changes Australia needs to make to end violence against women.

    After people took to the streets to protest violence against women in Australia, how can the country and its policymakers create a more gender-just and equal society? Is now the time to explore ideas like quotas and job-sharing in Australian Parliament to enable greater diversity? And what is needed from the country’s leaders to ensure real progress is made? On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Co-Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra Professor Kim Rubenstein, regular host-turned-guest Professor Sharon Bessell, and Dr Arnagretta Hunter discuss the recent March4Justice protests and whether this is a turning point in the fight to end violence against women.

    Kim Rubenstein is a Professor in the Faculty of Business, Government and Law and Co-Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra.

    Sharon Bessell is Professor of Public Policy and Director of Gender Equity and Diversity at Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU.

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

    In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000. You can also find a list of support resources here.

    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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    • 51 min
    Insecure work, unemployment, and Australia after the COVID-19 crisis

    Insecure work, unemployment, and Australia after the COVID-19 crisis

    On this Policy Forum Pod, social policy researcher Peter Whiteford and expert in public health responses to humanitarian crises Kamalini Lokuge join us to discuss supporting Australians out of work, in vulnerable or insecure jobs, and what policymakers must learn from the COVID-19 crisis.

    With insecure workers among the most at risk during the COVID-19 crisis, what policy changes would provide this growing number of Australians with greater support and strengthen Australia’s social model? Why has the Australian Government allowed unemployment benefits to drop so substantially relative to the poverty line? And what are the key lessons policymakers must learn in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis? On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Professor Whiteford and Associate Professor Kamalini Lokuge speak with hosts Professor Sharon Bessell and Dr Arnagretta Hunter about why Australia must further increase unemployment payments and provide greater support to people in insecure work.

    Peter Whiteford is a Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy. He works on child poverty, family assistance policies, welfare reform, and other aspects of social policy, particularly ways of supporting the balance between work and family life. He has published extensively on various aspects of the Australian and New Zealand systems of income support.

    Kamalini Lokuge OAM is an expert in public health responses to humanitarian crises and Senior Fellow at the Research School of Public Health at The Australian National University, where she leads the Humanitarian Research Program.

    Sharon Bessell is Professor of Public Policy and Director of Gender Equity and Diversity at Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU.

    Arnagretta Hunter is a cardiologist, physician, and a Senior Clinical Lecturer for 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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    • 49 min
    Ending gender-based violence and harassment at work

    Ending gender-based violence and harassment at work

    On this episode of Policy Forum Pod ahead of International Women’s Day, we’re joined by philosopher Fiona Jenkins and lawyer and labour rights advocate Lisa Heap to discuss how to end gender-based violence and harassment in the workplace.

    Despite Australia’s Sex Discrimination Act, gender-based violence and harassment remain far too common in workplaces the country over. Rape allegations by a young woman against a former colleague at Parliament House have shone a spotlight on this confronting issue. But what can workplaces do to tackle gender-based violence and harassment? How can policymakers support workplaces in this endeavour? And what should change actually look like? On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Associate Professor Fiona Jenkins from ANU School of Philosophy and Lisa Heap from RMIT University join Dr Arnagretta Hunter and Professor Sharon Bessell to discuss how to make workplaces safe for all.

    Lisa Heap is a labour lawyer with over 20 years of experience. She is a member of the Centre for People, Organisation and Work (CPOW) at RMIT University, where she is researching new regulatory approaches designed to prevent gendered violence in the workplace.

    Fiona Jenkins is a philosopher and Associate Professor at the ANU Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory and Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute.

    Sharon Bessell is Professor of Public Policy and Director of Gender Equity and Diversity at Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU.

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

    In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000. You can also find a list of support resources here.

    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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