Back to the Ord?

One of the longstanding themes of Australian politics is the idea of northern development. This usually takes the form of the argument for vast taxpayer subsidized irrigation works to enable vastly expanded agricultural production.

Environmental and microeconomic reform

Tony Abbott has claimed to seek a middle ground on climate change opposing the government’s ETS whilst promising to somehow reduce greenhouse gas emissions whilst maintaining employment in carbon-intensive industries. The later commitment is incompatible with the previous one. But more broadly Abbott displays a remarkable faith in the power of governments to direct economic […]

Workers and climate change

Do working-class voters support action on climate change? The National Party hopes not, it is vehemently opposed to the Rudd government’s Emissions trading Scheme (ETS). Does this reflect doubts about the scheme in regional Australia? Could Labor lose votes, particularly among working-class voters, in regional areas?