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Policy Forum Pod is the podcast of - 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. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

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February 22nd, 2024


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Reflecting on 2023 with John Falzon and Thomas Mayo

December 14th, 2023


In the final episode for 2023 we speak to John Falzon and Thomas Mayo about the year that was. We reflect on the challenges that we have faced from the cost of living, the Voice to Parliament referendum, and discuss the …

Strengthening political representation

December 8th, 2023


In this episode, we speak to Professor Carolyn Hendriks about democracy, representation, political trust and decision making and what's happening in …

Caring through disaster

December 1st, 2023


Australia is facing another tough summer. Natural disasters are occurring more frequently than ever, so this week on the Podcast, we talk about what care looks like in times of crisis.

We speak to Dr Millie Rooney from …

Housing fit for our climate

November 24th, 2023


In the final episode of our mini-series on housing, we speak to Emeritus Professor Barbara Norman about planning issues and, particularly, the way we …

Reimagining urban planning

November 17th, 2023


On this episode in our housing mini-series Professor Nicole Gurran talks about reimagining the role of urban planning in creating sustainable and …

Fixing our social housing crisis

November 10th, 2023


Australia has seriously neglected social housing, a crisis everyone is now paying the price for. Social housing was once seen as an essential part of the welfare state. It has now become a last resort or, often, an …

Australia’s dependence on housing

November 3rd, 2023


Australia’s housing crisis: Housing is one of the biggest drivers of our economy, but it is also at the core of the biggest financial hardships …

The importance of music and creativity

October 27th, 2023


In this special episode of the pod, we discuss the importance of music and creativity.

Professor Kim Cunio and Professor Lane Gabora talk about why the creative arts are more important now than ever before, how music …

Reflecting on the Voice with Janine O’Flynn

October 20th, 2023


In this episode, the Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy, Professor Janine O’Flynn, takes stock of the Voice to Parliament referendum …

Referendums and Constitutional change with Frank Bongiorno

October 11th, 2023


In this episode, historian and Professor Frank Bongiorno talks us through Australia’s constitutional history and explains why the upcoming referendum has the potential to reshape our ability to change as a nation.

The narrative of the Voice with Rebecca Huntley

October 6th, 2023


The narrative and origin story of the Voice to Parliament are key to understanding how Australian’s will vote in the referendum, says Rebecca Huntley.

She talks about soft-yes and soft-no voters, people who do not feel …

History is calling with Peter Yu

October 4th, 2023


In this episode, we speak to Professor Peter Yu about what the First Nations Voice to Parliament means for our past, our present, and our future as a …

Thomas Mayo on the Voice to Parliament

September 27th, 2023


In this special episode of Policy Forum Pod, Thomas Mayo joins Sharon Bessell and Arnagretta Hunter to discuss the importance of the Voice to …

Health impacts of fossil fuels

September 22nd, 2023


This podcast delves into the complex world of balancing the need for energy through fossil fuels and protecting the environment and human health.

Insights into the Intergenerational Report

September 15th, 2023


This Podcast delves into the Intergenerational Report, looking at both the challenges and opportunities it highlights.

Dr Liz Allen and Professor Paul …

Power and policy: from despair to action

September 8th, 2023


This episode discusses the connections between planetary health and human health.

Sharon Friel and Fran Baun look at the challenges of health inequality, over-consumption and how we move toward a better future. 

To have …

Creating communities for children

September 1st, 2023


This National Child Protection Week we ask the question: What part can we as individuals play in protecting children and creating a culture of care?

Reclaiming imagination with Rob Hopkins

August 25th, 2023


In this episode, Rob Hopkins discusses why we need imagination as a core component to create the future we want.

We need to make time to listen to …

Towards Net Zero: climate, policy and politics

August 18th, 2023


In this episode, Dr Rebecca Colvin talks about Australia’s new Net Zero Authority, and the challenges some regional communities are facing as we move …

Politics of despair: 21st century capitalism

August 11th, 2023


In this episode, Professor Susan Sell talks about 21st century capitalism and how it undermines health outcomes, social goals and equity.

She discusses the connection between the market, our work and our health, …

What we value: reimagining social policy

August 4th, 2023


This week, Professor Kay Cook and Associate Professor Ben Phillips talk about reimagining what we value and how we value it when it comes to poverty …

Hierarchies of evidence: reimagining social policy

July 28th, 2023


In this episode, Dr Andrew Leigh MP sits down in the studio with Sharon and Arnagretta to discuss the hierarchies of evidence in policy making in …

After Robodebt: reimagining social policy

July 21st, 2023


Professor Peter Whiteford joins us to talk about the highly anticipated Robodebt Scheme Royal Commission report.

He breaks down some key items of the …

Valuing care: reimagining social policy

July 14th, 2023


This episode kicks off our miniseries on reimagining social policy. Sharon Bessell sits on the other side of the mic to give her insights into how …

Constitutional reform: recalibrating Australia’s voice

July 7th, 2023


In this episode we talk to Professor Kim Rubenstein about what Constitutional change means for Australia and how the Voice to Parliament is the first step in recalibrating for modern times.

She discusses how the …

The challenges and heartbreak of climate negotiations

June 30th, 2023


On this episode, we discuss the deliberations, points of contention and wider implications of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, which recently took place in Germany. Dr Siobhan McDonnell who was part of the …

Catch up on the Voice to Parliament

June 23rd, 2023


Policy Forum Pod encourages you to take this week to listen back to some of our episodes around the Voice to Parliament.

Professor Kate Auty spoke to …

Integrating risk, reward and resilience in policy

June 16th, 2023


In this episode, we delve into the new Risk, Reward, and Resilience Framework with Professor Anthea Roberts and Dr Arnagretta Hunter.

The pair, along with host Sharon Bessell discuss how this framework can be applied …

Policy without voice: a history of failure and harm

June 9th, 2023


Catherine Liddle, the CEO of SNAICC the National Voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children, joins us for a powerful conversation about …

Budget beyond the numbers with Treasurer Dr Jim Chalmers

June 2nd, 2023


In this special episode of Policy Forum Pod, we are joined by the Treasurer, the Hon Dr Jim Chalmers MP, who talks about the values behind the May …

Behind the scenes of change

May 26th, 2023


In this episode, we speak to Rachel Perkins, a film and television director, on her dedication to telling indigenous stories and the Voice to Parliament.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are …

The economy and our future

May 18th, 2023


Budgets are a central tool of government, offering not just economic policy but defining social and environmental policies for the years ahead. The …

Budget 2023: Defining Our Values

May 12th, 2023


The latest federal budget defines our values but does it live up to them? Australian historian, Professor Frank Bongiorno, joins us to discuss the limitations, merits and shift of focus in the second Albanese government …

Uncovering a cycle of child abuse in Australia

May 5th, 2023


Two-thirds of Australians experience one or more forms of abuse or neglect as children. Daryl Higgins, a co-author of a new ground-breaking study into child maltreatment, joins us to discuss the findings, and what needs …

Beacon of Democracy: The strength of listening

April 28th, 2023


Helen Haines, the Independent Federal Member for Indi, joins us to discuss the unifying power of grassroots democracy and the major challenges Australia is facing in 2023.

Dr Haines discusses how kitchen table …

Lessons from South Australia’s Voice to Parliament

April 21st, 2023


South Australia's inaugural Commissioner for First Nations Voice Dale Agius joins us to discuss how South Australia’s Voice to Parliament can be used as a template to understand the need for our national referendum. 

Global health: holding industries accountable

April 14th, 2023


A third of global deaths can be linked to a combination of climate change, the non-communicable disease epidemic, and just four industry sectors: …

Courting change: Indigenous reconciliation

April 6th, 2023


As we move towards the referendum on the Voice later this year, it is important that we think deeply about both our future and our past. We cannot do that unless we talk honestly about a history of dispossession and …

Markets of misery and the value of hope

March 30th, 2023


Kicking off 2023, we discuss a public service reckoning with the failure of Robodebt, and its path to rebuilding trust. Sharon and Arnagretta sit …

Kicking policy goals

December 9th, 2022


On the final episode of Policy Forum Pod for 2022, Katherine Trebeck and Millie Rooney join us to reflect on this year’s big policy issues and …

The loss and damage consensus at COP27

December 2nd, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Siobhan McDonnell and George Carter join us to share their experiences inside the COP27 negotiations in Egypt …

Justice for First Nations Australians

November 25th, 2022


Valerie Cooms from The Australian National University joins us on this episode to discuss justice reinvestment, the importance of the whole …

Addressing the housing affordability crisis

November 18th, 2022


In the final instalment in our series on housing, Executive Director of Anglicare Australia Kasy Chambers joins us to discuss the dire state of …

Not every house is a home

November 11th, 2022


Joel Dignam from Better Renting and Farzana Choudhury from Canberra Community Law join us to discuss housing accessibility and justice on this …

Housing in a changing climate

November 4th, 2022


To kick off a new bundle of episodes on housing, we discuss the impact of climate change on planning and housing policy with Barbara Norman, Emeritus …

Building a new architecture of fairness

October 28th, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, John Falzon joins Sharon Bessell and Arnagretta to examine the new Australian government’s first budget and what …

Reimagining the future of higher education

October 13th, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, higher education and public policy leaders Helen Sullivan and Janine O'Flynn join us to discuss Australia’s …

Playtime: transforming teaching and learning

October 7th, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, we speak to former teacher Alice Garner and award-winning author and educator Pasi Sahlberg about transforming …

Providing an inclusive 21st century education

September 30th, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, education experts Kitty te Riele and Jennifer Skattebol join us to discuss how the education system can ensure …

Changing childcare

September 22nd, 2022


To kick off our new series of episodes on education, Deborah Brennan and Leonora Risse join us to discuss how to create a world-class childcare and …

The art of living together

September 16th, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, political economist Katherine Trebeck and author and advocate Tim Hollo join us to discuss reshaping political …

Waste and reward: low-value health care and its impact on patients

September 9th, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, we discuss how ‘low-value’ health care is causing harm to patients and what policymakers can do to address it.

Navigating the mental health system

September 1st, 2022


General practitioner Louise Stone and psychiatrist Philip Keightley join us to discuss Australia’s mental health system, the wellbeing of health …

Taking the temperature of Australian health care

August 25th, 2022


This week on Policy Forum Pod, Clare Skinner and Lesley Russell join us to explore where the opportunities exist for meaningful reform of Australia’s …

Australia’s drinking water divide

August 19th, 2022


According to a new study, Australia needs a national drinking water quality database - we speak to Paul Wyrwoll and Evie Rose, two authors of the …

Australia’s road to a sustainable and equitable energy future

August 12th, 2022


This week on Policy Forum Pod, the ANU Energy Change Institute’s Thomas Longden and RegNet’s Lee White join Sharon Bessell and Arnagretta Hunter to …

A penguin gets lost in the Australian desert

August 5th, 2022


This week on Policy Forum Pod, David Lindenmayer joins us to discuss Australia’s dire biodiversity trajectory and what policymakers need to achieve …

The state of the environment

July 29th, 2022


This week on Policy Forum Pod, Mark Howden joins Arnagretta Hunter and Sharon Bessell to discuss the recent state of the environment report and the …

Making empathy unconditional: changing the story on poverty and inequality

July 22nd, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, John Falzon, Sharon Bessell and Arnagretta Hunter discuss the serious impact inequality has on Australians, …

The price of a healthy life

July 14th, 2022


This week on Policy Forum Pod, Sharon Friel joins Arnagretta Hunter and Sharon Bessell to look at the health impacts of the cost of living acrisis.

Economic sovereignty for First Nations Australians

July 7th, 2022


This week on Policy Forum Pod, Vice-President First Nations at The Australian National University Peter Yu joins us in the second episode in our new …

Back to basics - the economy and us

July 4th, 2022


This week on Policy Forum Pod, Warwick McKibbin and Kristen Sobeck join us in the first episode in our new mini-series on the social impacts of …

Healing from the heart

June 24th, 2022


This week on Policy Forum Pod, Virginia Marshall joins us to discuss the Uluru Statement from the Heart and Australia’s pathway towards healing. 

How …

Food, water and energy for all

June 17th, 2022


This week on Policy Forum Pod, Professor of Economics and Convenor of the Water Justice Hub Quentin Grafton joins us to discuss the environmental …

Can Australia’s new parliament ‘set the standard’?

June 9th, 2022


This week on Policy Forum Pod, youth advocate Yasmin Poole and expert on gender-sensitive parliaments Sonia Palmieri join us to discuss Australia’s …

Australia’s Pacific diplomacy

June 3rd, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, George Carter and Siobhan McDonnell join us to talk about Australia’s diplomacy in the Pacific, and if the new …

Australia’s post-election policy priorities

May 27th, 2022


This week on Policy Forum Pod, public policy experts Helen Sullivan and Sara Bice join us to discuss the outcome of the federal election and what it …

A care collective

May 20th, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, economist at King’s College London Alfredo Saad-Filho joins us to talk about neoliberalism, its impact on care …

The future of healthcare

May 13th, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, physician and researcher James Trauer and Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Healthcare and …

LIVE SHOW | Election policy peril

May 5th, 2022


In this live Democracy Sausage and Policy Forum Pod crossover episode, Nicholas Biddle joins Sharon Bessell, Arnagretta Hunter and Mark Kenny to talk …

Hope for aged care

April 28th, 2022


On the fourth episode in our mini-series on care, Diane Gibson and Kasia Bail from the University of Canberra join us to discuss what policymakers …

The right to a healthy environment

April 22nd, 2022


Newly-appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur Dr Ian Fry joins us to discuss the human rights impacts of climate change.

How has climate diplomacy …

A bittersweet budget?

April 7th, 2022


On the second episode in our new mini-series, John Falzon from Per Capita and Kasy Chambers from Anglicare Australia join us to look at the Australian federal budget through the lens of care.

Did this federal budget …

Preserving public goods

March 31st, 2022


Millie Rooney joins Sharon Bessell and Arnagretta Hunter on the 250th episode of Policy Forum Pod to discuss rethinking the public good and to launch …

Australian species on the brink

March 24th, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Conservation Foundation Kelly O’Shanassy joins us to talk about …

Planning for the worst on climate change

March 17th, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Barbara Norman and Mark Howden join us to discuss the urgent need for more comprehensive climate change …

Women and the social security system

March 10th, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Elise Klein from The Australian National University and Kay Cook from Swinburne University join us to discuss …

Globalisation and the search for common ground

March 3rd, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Anthea Roberts and Nicolas Lamp - authors of The Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why it …

Preventing violence against women and girls with disabilities

February 24th, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Patty Kinnersly from Our Watch and Jen Hargrave from Women with Disabilities Victoria join us to discuss the

All ears? Communication and the key to a correct diagnosis

February 17th, 2022


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Maria Dahm and Carmel Crock join hosts Sharon Bessell and Arnagretta Hunter to discuss the importance of …

Who decides? The push to lower Australia’s voting age

February 10th, 2022


On our first episode of Policy Forum Pod for 2022, we’re joined by Faith Gordon and Rob Watts to talk about lowering Australia’s voting age to 16 …

Big vision, small politics, and why we must #ValueCaring

December 10th, 2021


Health equity scholar Sharon Friel and regular hosts Sharon Bessell and Arnagretta Hunter join Angus Blackman to reflect on some of the …

Trouble at the register

December 3rd, 2021


On this Policy Forum Pod, Ariadne Vromen and Briony Lipton join us to talk about the increase in customer abuse and job insecurity Australian retail …

Inside COP26

November 26th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, climate negotiator Dr Siobhan McDonnell and disaster risk expert Dr Robert Glasser join us to look back at what …

Building a creative country

November 18th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Kate Fielding from arts and culture think tank A New Approach and Kim Cunio from ANU School of Music join us to …

Focusing on our footprint

November 12th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, the Australian Capital Territory’s Climate Change Commissioner Sophie Lewis and Member for Ginnenderra Jo Clay …

The future of the public servant

November 5th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Helen Sullivan, Helen Dickinson, and Hayley Henderson join us to discuss the changing role of the public …

COP26 and climate justice for the Pacific

October 29th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Siobhan McDonnell and George Carter join us for a powerful, confronting conversation about the impact of climate …

Will COP26 be a turning point?

October 22nd, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, climate experts Mark Howden and Frank Jotzo join us to discuss Australia’s climate policy, energy transitions, …

Feeling the heat

October 15th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, climate researcher Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick and health professional Simon Quilty join us to discuss the “health …

Breaking with convention - human rights in the Asia Pacific

October 8th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, scholars Mathew Davies and Susan Harris Rimmer join us to look at the complex human rights landscape in …

What’s at stake at the Glasgow climate conference?

October 1st, 2021


On this Policy Forum Pod, we discuss climate change, security, and the upcoming UN Conference of the Parties in Glasgow with Robert Glasser. 

What’s …

Ending violence against women and their children

September 24th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Chief Executive Officer of Our Watch Patty Kinnersly joins us to discuss the role all Australians have in ending …

Growing up in the shadow of the pandemic

September 16th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, child psychiatrist Karen Gaunson and child protection scholar Tim Moore join us to discuss the impact of the …

Time for work to change

September 10th, 2021


In the final episode of our Policy Forum Pod mini-series on work, Lyndall Strazdins and John Falzon join us to discuss time inequity and how to …

Protecting Australians at work with Michele O’Neil

September 2nd, 2021


On the penultimate episode of our Policy Forum Pod mini-series on work, we speak to President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions Michele …

The value of the commons with Guy Standing

August 26th, 2021


On this episode in our Policy Forum Pod mini-series on work, author and researcher Guy Standing joins Sharon Bessell and Arnagretta Hunter to discuss …

Ensuring decent work and social protection for all

August 19th, 2021


On the third episode in our Policy Forum Pod mini-series on work, Shahra Razavi from the International Labour Organization joins us to discuss the …

What we value with Marilyn Waring

August 13th, 2021


On the second instalment in our Policy Forum Pod mini-series on work, principal founder of the field of feminist economics Marilyn Waring joins us to …

Work with James Suzman

August 6th, 2021


In the first episode of our Policy Forum Pod mini-series on work, anthropologist and author James Suzman joins us to look at the history of work and …

Running on empty

July 29th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, mental health researcher Luis Salvador-Carulla and Cassandra Goldie join us to look at the impacts of the …

The future of political leadership

July 22nd, 2021


On the final episode in the Policy Forum Pod mini-series on leadership, author and former senator Scott Ludlam joins us to discuss challenging the …

Women in leadership with Natasha Stott Despoja

July 16th, 2021


In the penultimate episode of our Policy Forum Pod mini-series on leadership and democracy, Natasha Stott Despoja - former Senator for South …

Local leadership and the democratic process

July 9th, 2021


In the second episode of our mini-series on leadership and democracy, political scientist Carolyn Hendriks and community leader Denis Ginnivan join …

Political leadership in Australia

July 2nd, 2021


In this first episode in our mini-series on leadership and democracy, historians Chris Wallace and Frank Bongiorno join us to examine the resistance …

Learning from the Black Summer

June 25th, 2021


It’s an experience no Australian wants to relive, but bushfire seasons like that of 2019/2020 are likely to increase in frequency due to climate …

Why policymakers need to value caring

June 17th, 2021


It’s the glue that holds society together, but existing economic and policy systems find care so hard to place a value on. On this episode of Policy …

Caring for older Australians

June 11th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, aged care expert Diane Gibson and social researcher Nicholas Biddle join us to discuss the impact of the Royal …

A statement of values? Australia’s falling foreign aid budget

June 4th, 2021


On the new episode of Policy Forum Pod, experts Stephen Howes and Sally Moyle join Sharon Bessell to take a closer look at foreign aid in the recent …

India’s COVID-19 nightmare

May 28th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, The Australian National University’s Assa Doron and Azad Singh Bali join Sharon Bessell to examine the …

Successes and setbacks in the Pacific

May 21st, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Pacific experts Meg Keen and Henry Ivarature join Arnagretta Hunter to discuss how Papua New Guinea is dealing …

Social policy and the federal budget

May 14th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, sociologist John Falzon and Anglicare Australia head Kasy Chambers join Sharon Bessell and Arnagretta Hunter to …

A vision for a healthy Australia

May 7th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, experts in the social determinants of health Sharon Friel and Sandro Demaio join hosts Arnagretta Hunter and …

Australia’s climate narrative after the Biden summit

April 30th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, our expert panel - Professor Mark Howden and Dr Imran Ahmad from The Australian National University and ACT …

Doing democracy differently – young Australians and politics

April 23rd, 2021


In many countries around the world young people are turning away from democracy, but are young Australians following suit? On this Policy Forum Pod, …

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

April 16th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, economist Robert Breunig and gender, work, and employment expert Rae Cooper join Sharon Bessell to discuss the …

Bushfires, inequality, and planning for the future

April 9th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Quentin Grafton and Arnagretta Hunter join Sharon Bessell to discuss what governments need to do to protect …

On life’s lottery with Glyn Davis

March 26th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, we hear from public policy expert Professor Glyn Davis who joined Professor Helen Sullivan live at The …

Marching for justice

March 19th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Kim Rubenstein, Sharon Bessell, and Arnagretta Hunter reflect on the March4Justice protests and the policy …

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

March 12th, 2021


On this Policy Forum Pod, social policy researcher Peter Whiteford and expert in public health responses to humanitarian crises Kamalini Lokuge join …

Ending gender-based violence and harassment at work

March 5th, 2021


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 …

Reimagining social security

February 26th, 2021


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Elise Klein joins Sharon Bessell to discuss the Australian Government’s permanent increase to JobSeeker, …

Education, Indigenous wellbeing, and the future of Australia

February 19th, 2021


On our 200th episode of Policy Forum Pod, Indigenous education expert and proud descendant of the Guumilaroi and Euahlayi First Nations Tony Dreise …

Speaking from the heart

February 12th, 2021


This week on Policy Forum Pod, Aboriginal health advocate and Alyawarre woman Patricia Anderson AO joins us to discuss the Uluru Statement from the …

The meaning of Country

February 5th, 2021


To kick-off 2021, we listen to the voices of leading Indigenous Australians, who join us on Policy Forum Pod to discuss wellbeing. On the first …

The wellbeing economy - lessons for the future

December 18th, 2020


On the final episode of Policy Forum Pod for 2020, Martyn Pearce is joined by Arnagretta Hunter, Sharon Bessell and John Falzon to look back on the …

The wellbeing economy - democratic repair in disconnected times

December 10th, 2020


On this episode in our special Policy Forum Pod mini-series on the wellbeing economy, Carolyn Hendriks and Millie Rooney join us to discuss how …

The wellbeing economy - a healthier human future

December 4th, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how deeply interconnected health and economics are. But can policymakers put health front-and-centre of …

The wellbeing economy - a glimpse of the good life

November 26th, 2020


Rather than returning to the status quo, many are calling for a change in thinking (and in policy) as societies around the world grapple with the …

The wellbeing economy: universal basic income with Guy Standing

November 20th, 2020


On the third episode in our special mini-series on the wellbeing economy, Arnagretta Hunter and Sharon Bessell are joined by Guy Standing, economist and author of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class.

With more and …

A post-carbon world

November 12th, 2020


Can we use economics to solve climate change? In this second episode of our Policy Forum Pod mini-series on the wellbeing economy, top climate …

Wellbeing and reimagining the Australian economy

November 6th, 2020


On this Policy Forum Pod, Sharon Bessell and Arnagretta Hunter kick off our mini-series on the wellbeing economy by getting back to first principles …

School’s out - the COVID-19 crisis and school education

October 30th, 2020


On this Policy Forum Pod, our panel - education expert Lawrence Saha, ACT education union boss Glenn Fowler, and Indigenous education scholar Marnie …

Fact or fiction? The US election and the psychology of misinformation

October 28th, 2020


Why do people believe the falsehoods they read online, and what impact is this having on politics and policy? On this special Policy Forum Pod in the …

The future of work in the wake of COVID-19

October 22nd, 2020


This week on Policy Forum Pod, we’re joined by politician and economist Andrew Leigh, workplace researcher Carys Chan, and consultant Ben Hamer to …

Clear and present failure - climate policy in Australia

October 16th, 2020


On this Policy Forum Pod, top climate researcher Mark Howden, social scientist Bec Colvin, and science writer Ketan Joshi examine the past and …

Making the invisible, visible - COVID-19 and poverty

October 13th, 2020


In the final episode of our special Policy Forum Pod bonus mini-series, Professor Sharon Bessell examines the health and economic impacts of the …

Vision deficit? The federal budget and Australia’s future

October 9th, 2020


On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, our panel - Sharon Bessell, Arnagretta Hunter, and John Falzon - examine Australia’s first budget in the wake of …

Making the invisible, visible - poverty and disability

October 6th, 2020


On the penultimate episode in our Policy Forum Pod bonus mini-series on poverty, Helen Suich and Angie Bexley join us to discuss what their research …

TikTok - the platform, the people, and the politics

October 2nd, 2020


On this special Policy Forum Pod live event, we're joined by prominent TikToker Ricky Chainz, national security expert Dr James Mortensen, and …

Making the invisible, visible - understanding poverty in Indonesia

September 29th, 2020


In this episode in our special bonus series on poverty, Dr Angie Bexley joins us to discuss Indonesia’s recent progress on poverty reduction, and …

A trip down memory lane

September 25th, 2020


On this episode, we look back on some of our favourite Policy Forum Pod moments ahead of this year’s Australian Podcast Awards.

Over recent weeks, the

Making the invisible, visible - poverty in South Africa

September 22nd, 2020


In episode three of our ‘Making the invisible, visible’ bonus series, Aarti Betigeri chats with Dr Helen Suich about what research through the …

Unmuting the muses

September 18th, 2020


On this episode, we’re joined by Kim Cunio, Denise Ferris, and Clive Barstow to discuss the value of Australia’s arts sector and what policymakers …

Making the invisible, visible - gender and poverty

September 15th, 2020


In episode two in our ‘Making the invisible, visible’ bonus mini-series, Janet Hunt and Sharon Bessell join us to get behind the data from the …

Activism, social justice, fighting for a fairer Australia

September 10th, 2020


On this episode, guest host Kim Cunio speaks with writer and social activist Stephanie Dowrick and Northern Territory-based paediatrician Paul Bauert …

Making the invisible, visible – episode 1

September 8th, 2020


In the first episode in our ‘Making the invisible, visible’ bonus mini-series, Professor Sharon Bessell joins us to discuss the limitations of the international poverty line and what new research has revealed about the …

Water, decolonisation, and connections to Country

September 4th, 2020


On this episode, guest host Kim Cunio is joined by Kathleen Harriden and Jessica Weir to talk about the importance of Indigenous knowledge, the deep …

Can policymakers detoxify social media?

August 20th, 2020


On this episode, our panel - Dr Jenny Davis, Dr Jennifer Hunt, and Yun Jiang - join us to discuss online hate, anti-social behaviour on digital …

More than just a flesh wound

August 14th, 2020


Some 13.9 per cent of Australians aged 20-24 are unemployed, and that’s likely to get worse the longer the coronavirus crisis continues. How will the crisis and the recession to come impact their future careers and …

Talking with the tax team about policy

August 6th, 2020


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 …

A precarious position - Indonesia’s workers in the pandemic

July 31st, 2020


On this episode, we hear from leading Indonesia experts about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on jobs, particularly on vulnerable workers …

The future of healthcare and the fight against COVID-19

July 24th, 2020


On this episode, we’re joined by top health practitioners and policy experts to tackle the elimination versus suppression debate, plus why a …

Food for thought

July 17th, 2020


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 …

Pacific policy responses to COVID-19

July 10th, 2020


On this episode, we speak with The Australian National University’s Meg Keen, Henry Ivarature, and Nicole Haley about the successes and struggles in …

Tackling the loss of local news

July 3rd, 2020


Even before COVID-19 struck, local news was struggling, with newspapers moving online or disappearing completely. So is there a role for policy in …

Ask Policy Forum Episode III (part two)

June 29th, 2020


In part two of our special episode of Ask Policy Forum, the panel tackles your tough questions, from the struggling arts sector, to how health …

Ask Policy Forum Episode III (part one)

June 26th, 2020


On this episode, we bring you part one of our first-ever online live recording of Ask Policy Forum, the podcast where you ask the questions.

This week …

Economic uncertainty, COVID-19, and the mental health of younger Australians

June 18th, 2020


On this episode, we’re joined by Associate Professor Ben Edwards to discuss why the mental health of younger Australians has been so severely impacted during the COVID-19 crisis.

New research from The Australian National …

Pandemic policy perspectives (part two)

June 12th, 2020


In part two of this special Policy Forum Pod, we hear personal perspectives and COVID-19 policy prescriptions from Sara Bice, Matthew Sussex, and …

Pandemic policy perspectives

June 5th, 2020


This week on Policy Forum Pod we get some personal perspectives on some of the many policy problems that the pandemic presents from Quentin Grafton, …

Indigenous health and the ongoing march for a more equal Australia

May 28th, 2020


On this special episode during National Reconciliation Week, we speak to Dr Virginia Marshall and Professor Tony Dreise about Indigenous health, listening to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, and the ongoing …

JobSeeker payments and the approaching unemployment cliff

May 21st, 2020


With the $550 coronavirus supplement set to expire in September, we speak with Professor Peter Whiteford about the future of Australia’s JobSeeker program as calls grow for a permanent raising of the rate.

Prior to the …

Taken for granted? Volunteering in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

May 17th, 2020


In this episode, we look at the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on perhaps one of Australia’s most underappreciated sectors, volunteering.

Despite often …

Can infrastructure get Australia’s economy back on track?

May 7th, 2020


In this episode, we discuss the importance of infrastructure in Australia’s economic recovery and what the future holds for major projects in the …

Securing our human future

April 30th, 2020


In this episode, we chat to Dr John Hewson and Dr Arnagretta Hunter about the catastrophic and existential risks facing humanity, and what we can do to ensure our future.

With people around the world suffering at the …

WHO’s to blame? International organisations in the COVID-19 crisis

April 23rd, 2020


In this episode, Professor Helen Sullivan and Dr Christian Downie examine the role of international organisations in the fight against COVID-19.

The …

Hope and life after COVID-19 - health, politics, and people power

April 17th, 2020


In this episode, we discuss what long-term changes the coronavirus crisis might bring about in healthcare, politics, and citizen engagement.

Will the …

Hope and life after COVID-19 - the economy with John Hewson

April 16th, 2020


In part one of this special two-part episode we discuss Australia’s economic future after the coronavirus pandemic with former Federal Opposition …

Public health, family violence, and COVID-19

April 9th, 2020


This week we discuss whether Australia’s coronavirus prevention measures are fit for purpose and take a look at the challenges facing victims of …

The psychology of uncertainty and talking to kids about COVID-19

April 2nd, 2020


This week we discuss how policymakers and individuals can manage uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic, plus how best to speak to children …

Coping in isolation - mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

March 26th, 2020


On this episode, we discuss how to care for mental health during an unprecedented period of community isolation due to the coronavirus.

While the …

Australia's gambling problem and its impact on women

March 19th, 2020


The normalisation of gambling in Australian life has had devastating results for many people across the country. On this week’s pod, we talk to …

Transforming policy for the greater good

March 12th, 2020


In light of the Australian government’s announcement to focus on technology – such as hydrogen and carbon capture – to mitigate the impacts of …

Where are the women?

March 5th, 2020


In this episode, we mark International Women’s Day with a special pod looking at women in leadership, from the boardroom to the front bench. 


From …

Climate change and the high price of doing nothing

February 27th, 2020


In this episode of Policy Forum Pod, our expert panel counts the cost of inaction on climate change.

In recent times, much attention has been paid to …

Public service productivity and popping the Canberra bubble

February 20th, 2020


On this week’s episode, we’re joined by Professor Patrick Dunleavy to talk about ‘robodebt’, department mergers, and why this very ‘Canberra’ issue has a big impact throughout the country.

Will the government’s proposed …

Ask Policy Forum: The podcast where you ask the questions

February 20th, 2020


Join us at the pod squad members’ lounge as we field your questions on all sorts of issues, from how countries are performing on emissions reduction …

Coronavirus and a state of unease

February 13th, 2020


This week on Policy Forum Pod, we tackle key questions about the novel coronavirus outbreak – what is the virus, how are countries responding, and …

From the ashes: social security and Australia’s bushfire recovery

February 6th, 2020


While hundreds of bushfires still burn throughout Australia, some communities are beginning the enormous task of rebuilding. While the fires didn’t discriminate as they tore through towns around the country, the …

Caring for burning Country

January 30th, 2020


Public interest in Indigenous fire management practices like ‘cool burning’ has grown significantly in the wake of Australia’s unprecedented bushfire …

Climate change - policy perfect vs policy possible

January 23rd, 2020


Australia’s federal government is coming under increasing pressure to change course on its climate policies, but will it lead to tangible policy …

Managing bushfires (part two)

January 19th, 2020


On this second episode of our two-part podcast, our expert panel dive deeper into the physical and mental health impacts of the fires and discuss …

Managing bushfires (part one)

January 16th, 2020


Stephen Dovers is Emeritus Professor with the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society and works on the policy of climate change adaptation, …

The gift of policy

December 6th, 2019


Looking for a great podcast to keep you entertained on the drive home for Christmas dinner? Our joyful Policy Forum Pod team have got you covered. On …

Revitalising urban areas with Helen Sullivan

November 28th, 2019


Despite the fact that more people are moving to cities globally, some places are increasingly struggling with slower population growth, lower incomes …

Andrew Leigh - Innovation + Equality

November 21st, 2019


Amazing new technologies in the areas of artificial intelligence and genetics have benefitted societies and greatly rewarded their innovators, but …

Beyond declaring a climate emergency

November 14th, 2019


As the nation is ravaged by bushfire and drought, and as yet another political row breaks out over the role of climate change in all this, our Great …

People power beyond the ballot box

November 7th, 2019


Trust in democracy is falling in Western countries – including Australia. On one side, we see growing protests about the government’s response to climate change, while at the other extreme people are feeling …

Illicit drug policy - more harm than good?

October 31st, 2019


Australia’s illicit drug policies are complex and vary between states and territories. Despite recent pushes to decriminalise cannabis in the …

A sense of social insecurity

October 24th, 2019


Compared to its OECD peers, Australia has an above-average poverty rate, and couples this with rising rates of homelessness, an increasingly …

Extra: Tayanah O’Donnell - Transforming our cities

October 23rd, 2019


Our cities are changing rapidly giving rise to a plethora of sustainability challenges. On this Policy Forum Pod extra, we chat to Tayanah O’Donnell …

The Great Green Debate – live!

October 18th, 2019


This week on Policy Forum Pod we head out of the studio for our first ever live pod, as a stellar cast of experts tackle a burning question – Should …

Julian Burnside: Changing attitudes towards refugees and asylum seekers

October 10th, 2019


Despite international criticism, asylum seekers and refugees have been labelled as ‘illegals’, and painted as threats to Australia’s security. On …

Living with the city

October 3rd, 2019


With an estimated 68 per cent of the world’s population predicted to be living in cities by 2050, policymakers and urban planners have myriad …

Pilots, but no plane – landing better mental health policies

September 26th, 2019


Despite greater openness about mental health, the stigma attached to, for example, depression and anxiety disorders still runs deep in our society. …

Katherine Trebeck - What makes a good life?

September 19th, 2019


Economic growth has brought great prosperity to people in developed nations, but with it also comes great challenges. From debt, inequality and …

Richard Baldwin - The Globotics Upheaval

September 12th, 2019


Around the world, people’s work and workplaces are being transformed by globalisation and the rise of automation, robotics, and AI. That …

Language barriers

September 5th, 2019


Language is a powerful tool in increasing engagement, communication, and cross-cultural understanding, and could play a vital role in fostering …

Can Australia make its waste work?

August 29th, 2019


In 2017, China cracked down on foreign waste processing by banning the import of many recyclable materials. It was a move that created huge challenges for many countries across the world – including Australia – that had …

Food, farming, and climate change

August 22nd, 2019


A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) looked at the role that food systems are playing in contributing to global …

Stepping up in the Pacific

August 15th, 2019


In November, Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised to take Australia’s engagement with the Pacific to a new level, announcing five new diplomatic missions, and a $2 billion infrastructure financing facility. But the …

Addressing human rights in Southeast Asia

August 8th, 2019


From the violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar, to President Duterte’s support for extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, to intensifying …

Promoting private investment in the Pacific

August 1st, 2019


In November last year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the establishment of an Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific worth $2 billion. Despite its well-intentioned goal, the initiative has …

Philip Alston - poverty as a political choice

July 25th, 2019


Professor Philip Alston accused the Trump administration of being driven by “contempt, and sometimes even hatred for the poor,” compared the UK’s …

Business and the Sustainable Development Goals

July 18th, 2019


How are the world’s business leaders adapting to the Sustainable Development Goals? That’s the topic for this week’s Policy Forum Pod, where we hear …

Fixing the National Disability Insurance Scheme

July 11th, 2019


The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a significant policy. Launched in 2016, the NDIS provides support to Australians with a disability, their …

Hold the front page – media policy and problems

July 4th, 2019


Fake news, global media moguls flexing their political muscles, getting people to pay for journalism, and the challenge posed by social media …

In the public service we trust?

June 27th, 2019


In March, the Australian Public Service review set out four priorities for change to future-proof the public service. But will those changes be enough to tackle the significant challenges ahead and rebuild declining …

Getting science into policy, politics, and public discussion

June 19th, 2019


Australians support science and having policy informed by the best scientific evidence, but in the recent federal election campaign, science was in …

A policy wish list

June 19th, 2019


If you could have your wishes granted and have Australia’s government implement three policies that would change the country for the better, what …

Driving electric vehicle policy

June 6th, 2019


For a brief moment during Australia’s recent election campaign, everyone’s attention was turned towards electric vehicles – and rightfully so. …

Reconciliation Week 2019 – Honesty is the best policy

May 31st, 2019


This year, Australia’s National Reconciliation Week theme is ‘Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage’. But just how courageous has Australia’s …

The Auspolicy issue – what the country voted for

May 23rd, 2019


Australia’s election result took many by surprise. The polls may have been predicting a win for the Labor Party, but instead it is the Coalition led …

Can Australia spark an energy change?

May 16th, 2019


Over the past decades, Australia has lacked stability in its climate policy even as climate change becomes impossible for the world to ignore. With …

Extra: First 100 days of the next government (live event)

May 16th, 2019


In a 24-hour news cycle, the first 100 days of government have remarkable influence on the perceived success or failure of the incoming Ministry. …

Extra: Australia’s place in the world (live event)

May 14th, 2019


In an age of ever-growing interconnectedness amongst countries, Australia finds itself having to face different obstacles and opportunities relating to trade, international security, and international law. But the …

When good policy communication goes bad

May 9th, 2019


From accidentally liking your own social media posts to celebrating in the wake of announcing a budget emergency, policy and political communication …

Extra: Wicked problems - domestic policy (live event)

May 8th, 2019


Many of the big challenges in Australian policy seem intractable. How the country responds – or doesn’t – will shape society for decades to come. In …

Timor-Leste – politics, policy, and problems

May 3rd, 2019


On this week’s Policy Forum Pod, our expert panel discusses how Timor-Leste has fared during the last two years of political discord, with its …

Podcast: Climate finance in Asia and the Pacific

April 26th, 2019


On this week’s Policy Forum Pod, a panel of experts tackle how the region’s countries are finding the funding to build climate change resilience and …

Extra: The state of Australian politics - live event

April 22nd, 2019


In this special Policy Forum Pod Extra, a panel of experts take a look at the start of the Australian election campaign. This podcast is a live event …

Podcast: Naila Kabeer – the gender agenda

April 18th, 2019


On this week’s Policy Forum Pod, Naila Kabeer discusses the gendered nature of poverty and inequality with host Sharon Bessell. Why are women …

Ask Us Anything 100th episode special

April 11th, 2019


You asked, we answered! This week on Policy Forum Pod, we celebrate 100 episodes by responding to your questions with a bit of help from some of our …

Getting the public service fit for the future

April 4th, 2019


Can the Australian Public Service transform itself into the trusted and united bureaucracy it wants to be, or has creeping politicisation broken …

Countering violent extremism

March 29th, 2019


The devastating attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand shocked the world and claimed the lives of 50 people. In response, New Zealand …

Shock tactics – Brexit and thinking the unthinkable

March 22nd, 2019


This week on Policy Forum Pod, we take a look at shocks to the system – from Trump to Brexit – and ask whether our institutions are up to the task of …

Podcast: Women in politics and policy

March 15th, 2019


Last week, the world celebrated International Women’s Day with an outpouring of inspiring stories and recognition of the female heroes in our …

Podcast: A social insecurity system

March 8th, 2019


Why do so many welfare systems end up punishing people rather than helping them, or doing more harm than good? How do these policies affect the lives …

Is every billionaire a policy failure?

March 1st, 2019


From Davos to Capitol Hill, there’s been a lot of talk recently about the mega-rich and whether they are paying their fair share in society. But are …

The policy and politics of refugees and asylum seekers

February 22nd, 2019


On Policy Forum Pod this week, we talk about refugees and asylum seekers policy – both in a global context and in Australia – while also discussing …

A war on drugs, or a war on drug users?

February 15th, 2019


Does Australia have its policy settings right when it comes to regulating drugs? Is it time to change direction and find a way to decriminalise or …

A Pacific-specific approach to regionalism

February 8th, 2019


This week on the pod we take a look at regional cooperation amongst the Pacific Islands and the challenges they face in coordinating policy efforts.

Australia's environmental performance review

February 1st, 2019


In the first episode of Policy Forum Pod of 2019, experts from the OECD discuss their new report looking at Australia’s environmental challenges and …

Ghosts of policy past, present and future

December 7th, 2018


What were the worst policies of the recent past? What were the policy highlights of 2018? What policies would help improve the world in 2019?

We put …

The Brief: Women in politics

December 3rd, 2018


Women face a considerable challenge getting into politics, and it doesn’t necessarily get any easier once they’re there. In Australia, the total …

Preventing and punishing genocide

November 30th, 2018


December 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention, which emerged following the global outrage at the mass atrocities of World War …

Pod extra - Making the public service fit for the future: David Williamson

November 27th, 2018


In this special Policy Forum Pod Extra, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet David Williamson discusses the Australian …

Water justice

November 23rd, 2018


From a drought-stricken countryside to Murray-Darling mismanagement, Australia is facing a number of water-related issues. But it’s not just urban …

Counter-terrorism and civil liberties

November 16th, 2018


An apparent terrorist attack in the heart of Melbourne has ignited a familiar debate over whether Australia has got its counter-terrorism policy …

Rusted off: how rural voters in Australia are taking policy change into their own hands

November 9th, 2018


Far from being ‘rusted-on’ voters, rural Australians are deserting the major parties in greater numbers than their city counterparts. And they’re not …

The Brief: Freedom of religion, or freedom to discriminate?

November 5th, 2018


A government review of freedom of religion laws in Australia last month sparked outrage after it suggested that faith-based schools ought to have the …

The Brief: Sanctioning Myanmar

October 29th, 2018


Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has announced sanctions on five military generals accused of leading last year's violent crackdown on the …

A vision for the North

October 25th, 2018


Northern Australia comprises roughly half of the Australian continent, but certainly receives less than half the attention from policymakers. It’s a …

The Brief: Seeking asylum

October 22nd, 2018


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recently raised the prospect of transferring asylum seekers on Nauru to New Zealand – a move that, if …

Is Australia’s policy machinery fit for purpose?

October 19th, 2018


Australia's policy-making machinery is currently undergoing something of a mechanical inspection. Earlier this year, then-Prime Minister Malcolm …

The Brief: Australia's Banking Royal Commission

October 15th, 2018


Australia’s Banking Royal Commission has uncovered countless stories of greed and illegal behaviour in the country’s financial sector, and has …

Getting the measure of global poverty

October 12th, 2018


From Bill Gates to the United Nations, everyone wants to end poverty. But what does ‘poverty’ actually mean – beyond simply having a low income? How …

The Brief: Vice policy

October 8th, 2018


The future of smoking in Australia seems to be up in the air. Last week North Sydney CBD announced plans to go smoke free, a decision that comes on the back of Big Tobacco’s failed attempt to get around Australia’s ban …

Building bridges between research and industry

October 5th, 2018


Over $20 billion worth of Australian infrastructure projects over the last decade were cancelled, delayed or mothballed due to community backlash. With another $100 billion in projects underway across the country, …

The Brief: Quality control for tourism?

October 2nd, 2018


Bali is on the brink of imposing new tourism restrictions due to declining ‘quality of tourists’. Like many developing nations in the Asia-Pacific, …

Australia’s light bulb moment

September 28th, 2018


The ANU Grand Challenges competition offers up to $10 million to research that tackles the world’s most important and intractable problems. This year’s winners are working on what might just be the grandest challenge of …

The Brief: Taking bigotry off the books in India

September 24th, 2018


Home to over 15 per cent of the world’s population, India’s recent decriminalisation of homosexuality will affect millions of LGBT citizens. But …

Power to the people?

September 21st, 2018


From the corridors of Brussels to the streets of New Delhi, populist politics have swept through democracies around the globe. But despite all the …

The Brief: Designing for disaster

September 17th, 2018


Hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes and landslides – headlines this month have been overflowing with natural disasters.

The Asia-Pacific is known as the …

What do policymakers think of scientists?

September 14th, 2018


Last month, our podcast to mark National Science Week in Australia took a look at how scientists can make themselves heard by policymakers.

This week, …

The Brief: China’s Xinjiang police state

September 10th, 2018


As part of its ‘strike hard’ campaign, the Chinese state claims to be fighting against the “Three Evil Forces” – terrorism, separatism, and religious fundamentalism. Under this banner the government has reportedly

Podcast: Putting community engagement in the neighbourhood of good policy

September 7th, 2018


Imagine you’re a philanthropist with a big pot of money and a pressing social problem you’d like to solve in your city. You gather all the best …

The Brief: too close to home

September 3rd, 2018


The most recent Australian census counted 116,427 as being homeless – more than enough to fill the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Even more shocking are the hidden dimensions of this number: 20 per cent were Aboriginal and …

Impact made easy

August 31st, 2018


It’s the buzzword that has universities around the world more obsessed than political junkies waiting to hear who has won a leadership spill. But …

The Brief: Courting Duterte

August 27th, 2018


President Rodrigo Duterte’s reputation for controversy and his ‘War on Drugs’ that has seen thousands of deaths has drawn international media attention. Seen as an authoritarian strongman leader abroad, Duterte …

Water waste: the dangerous paradox of irrigation efficiency

August 24th, 2018


As much as 70 per cent of all water extracted in the world is used for irrigation. But what if it were discovered that irrigation policies intended …

The Brief: mixing pop and policy

August 20th, 2018


For centuries, music has been an integral part of social movements – the civil rights movement is synonymous with jazz, Aretha Franklin’s Respect is a feminist anthem, and hip-hop is woven into contemporary racial …

Putting science and policy on the same wavelength

August 17th, 2018


Can scientists make facts great again in an era of fake news? How can we get more young people and women studying STEM – Science, Technology, …

The Brief: Australia’s National Energy Guarantee

August 14th, 2018


The Australian federal government is currently seeking commitment from states and territories for a National Energy Guarantee – also known as the NEG. The NEG aims to improve the reliability of Australia’s electricity …

Is Asia sleepwalking to war?

August 10th, 2018


Where will Asia’s next war erupt? According to a new book looking at Asia’s dangerous slide into crisis, the next major conflagration will likely occur in one of four flashpoints: the East China Sea, the South China …

Policy Forum Pod Extra: protecting the media

August 7th, 2018


It’s a challenging time to be a journalist. Recent years have seen a global decline in press freedom, largely attributed to political hostility …

A picture of health: Sir Harry Burns

August 3rd, 2018


There’s more to wellbeing than the absence of injury or illness, and prevention is often more effective than a cure. Could these lessons about …

Policy Forum Pod Extra: Pakistan election

July 31st, 2018


Last week, the world watched as Pakistan headed to the polls to elect a new government. Victory has been claimed by cricketer-turned politician Imran …

Global policy at the coalface

July 27th, 2018


In 2016 the United Nations launched the Sustainable Development Goals as a blueprint for global development. With 17 Goals divided into 169 targets, …

No child’s play

July 20th, 2018


Children are making the news in harrowing ways. As the international community commemorated World Refugee Day last month, images of kids in cages …

Diving into diversity

July 13th, 2018


How do we create more diversity in the workplace? On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, we discuss the ins and outs of equality and inclusion by …

Looking back, looking forward

July 6th, 2018


Policy Forum Pod turns 50 this week! So, in this special pod we take a look back at some of the presenters’ favourite moments, and some moments they …

Are policymakers unethical?

June 29th, 2018


A lawyer, an economist, and a philosopher sit down at a table to discuss ethics. This might sound like the start to a joke, but the topic of this week’s podcast is no laughing matter. When it comes to public trust in …

Cause for hope as Ruak takes the reins in Timor-Leste?

June 21st, 2018


On this week’s Policy Forum Pod, we take a look at the hopes and headwinds in Timor-Leste’s under new Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak – from …

Scoring goals in Putin’s Russia

June 15th, 2018


It’s the football and international relations podcast you’ve been waiting for. With the World Cup kicking off this weekend, we bring together three …

Who run the world?

June 8th, 2018


More than two-thirds of Australia's Federal Parliament are men. More than 96 per cent are aged 35 and older. You shouldn't need an economics or law …

Back to basics – Finland’s Universal Basic Income

June 1st, 2018


In 2016, when Finland launched its Universal Basic Income (UBI) program, it was applauded for being at the forefront of social welfare. But even though the Finnish experiment received strong early praise, Finland’s …

Diving into the Indo-Pacific debate

May 25th, 2018


Is it time to say farewell to the Asia-Pacific? In recent years the idea of an ‘Indo-Pacific’ has swept through foreign policy circles all throughout …

Australia's place in the new space race

May 18th, 2018


If you paid attention to Australia’s recent budget, you may have heard that the government has put aside $41 million towards launching a new national …

Seeing the policy big picture: the science of systems

May 11th, 2018


Anyone engaged in policymaking knows that it’s a complex business. But how often do policymakers take the time to think about the number of complex …

Australia’s new intelligence jigsaw

May 4th, 2018


At the end of 2017, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a significant restructuring of Australia’s intelligence and security …

Feeding the world

April 26th, 2018


Of the world’s population of more than 7.3 billion people, almost 900 million go to bed hungry. By 2050, there will be at least 2 billion extra …

A high price tag for the Australian dream

April 20th, 2018


A recent survey has found that the overwhelming majority of Australians believe the dream of home ownership will be out of reach for future generations. But just how big a problem is housing affordability in Australia? …

The future of work in the Asia-Pacific

April 12th, 2018


The first industrial revolution saw the rise of the steam engine. The second saw electricity and mass production, while the third led us to …

Pirates, politics & policy: Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir

April 5th, 2018


What comes to mind when you think of Iceland? Maybe you think of a tiny population, sub-zero temperatures, and dramatic Arctic landscapes. Maybe, if …

Time to tax robots?

March 28th, 2018


Fears of artificial intelligence taking over the world may still be the stuff of science fiction. However, advances in automation are already having …

Tackling violence against women

March 22nd, 2018


The world has just celebrated International Women's Day for 2018. This week we're taking a look at an important part of the movement for gender …

Forgiveness and freedom: Terry Waite

February 21st, 2018


Terry Waite is the co-founder of Hostage UK, an organisation that provides support to those taken hostage and their families. But Waite is perhaps better known for his own, terrible, experience being taken hostage. In …

Why security can't neglect gender: Jeni Klugman

February 2nd, 2018


On this Policy Forum Pod, we chat with Jeni Klugman, a lead author of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Index, and discuss what insights this new …

A court for the kleptocrats: Mark L Wolf

December 8th, 2017


Grand corruption costs the global economy countless billions every year, but is the world doing enough to tackle the issue? On the new Policy Forum …

Peter Singer: doing good in the world of politics

April 21st, 2017


The words 'politics' and 'ethics' might be a bit jarring to read together in the same sentence. And yet, many politicians are in fact guided by a …

Under the hood of the Asia-Pacific economy

April 13th, 2017


In 1991, more than 90 per cent of Asia’s population lived in low-income countries. By 2015, the wealth of the region had taken a dramatic turn, so …

All things being equal: Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

March 30th, 2017


Worldwide, around 225 million women who want to avoid pregnancy do not have access to safe family planning methods. What does this mean for health …

Mental health, migration, and megacities

March 24th, 2017


The United Nations predicts that two-thirds of the world will live in cities by 2050. Policymakers have begun to grapple with the economic and …

Snowy 2.0: the lowdown on hydro

March 17th, 2017


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has revealed plans for a multibillion dollar extension to the Snowy Hydro-electric scheme, in what he has …

Inside the black box of Chinese policy

March 10th, 2017


China is a country of big numbers. Not only does it boast the world’s largest population, but it also has the world’s biggest political party …

A marriage of inconvenience: the sharp end where science meets policy

February 24th, 2017


The relationship between science and policy can be difficult at the best of times. Professor Sir John Beddington knows this better than most. In his …

Bridging the gap between science and policy

February 10th, 2017


In an ideal world, public policy would be grounded in evidence and research, drawing upon the best available knowledge from the disciplines of …

Laos: A great place to have a war

February 3rd, 2017


America’s Secret War in Laos was a proxy conflict fought during the height of the war in Vietnam in the 1960s, and was orchestrated by the US Central Intelligence Agency. While the enormous devastation inflicted upon …

Are universities failing society? Asit Biswas and James Giggacher

January 13th, 2017


Universities have long been valued for their role in creating knowledge – knowledge which can hopefully be used for the betterment of society and …


September 30th, 2016


For decades, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been used by just about every country in the world as the most important measure of wealth and …

Australia's future foreign policy

August 26th, 2016


Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced Australia will develop a new Foreign Policy White Paper, its first since 2003. What has …

#Censusfail - what went wrong, why, and what to do about it

August 12th, 2016


Three experts discuss the concerns around the Australian Census, how the data is used by researchers, and why the census website went offline on its big night. At 7.30pm, on the night of 9 August, as the government was …

Cambodia: apocalypse then, apocalypse now - Gareth Evans and Simon Springer

July 29th, 2016


In a new Policy Forum Pod two leading experts shed some light on the disturbing human rights violations being committed on Phnom Penh’s homeless …

A basic income, or the end of the welfare state?

July 15th, 2016


What would you do if your income were taken care of? In this Policy Forum Pod, four leading experts discuss the idea of a basic income - how it …

Judgement day in the South China Sea: Policy Forum Pod extra

July 13th, 2016


The Permanent Court of Arbitration has ruled in favour of the Philippines in its dispute with China over the South China Sea. It's a historic ruling …

Australia votes, then waits: Policy Forum Pod

July 4th, 2016


In a special Australian Policy Pod, experts from Crawford School of Public Policy discuss the outcome of the Australian Federal Election on Saturday …

Are regional policies failing women?

July 1st, 2016


Is the Asia-Pacific region doing enough to tackle gender inequality? And how can public policy help to address women's rights and ensure greater …

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Asia-Pacific Views On Brexit

June 21st, 2016


On 23 June Britain heads to the polls in a referendum that will decide whether or not the country stays in the EU - the so-called 'Brexit' vote. In …

Post-Paris: Turning the climate agreement into action | Ottmar Edenhofer and Frank Jotzo

June 17th, 2016


The Paris climate agreement was a landmark agreement bringing together 175 countries. But can governments around the world turn a diplomatic victory into an economic and environmental win? And what's the future of the …

The Vote: Australian election series - health policy event

June 16th, 2016


Health policy is at the core of the 2016 Federal Election, regularly ranked as the issue most important to voters. In this event, ANU health policy …

The Vote: Australian election series - social policy event

June 8th, 2016


In the latest of our 'The Vote' Australian election series events, a panel of experts look at the issues, policies and promises in the area of social …

The Vote: 2016 Federal Election Series - Tax and the Economy

June 2nd, 2016


In the fourth of our Australian federal election series, some of the University's most respected economic experts discuss the key tax and economic issues during the 2016 election campaign. Panellists: Professor Miranda …

The Vote: 2016 Federal Election Series - Security and Foreign Affairs

May 27th, 2016


Three of the University's leading security and foreign affairs experts look at how the 2016 election might change the way Australia deals with the rest of the world. Panellists: Professor Rory Medcalf Director, National …

The Vote: Australian Election event series - policy, politics and predictions

May 11th, 2016


This is the first of our special live events looking at key policy areas in the Australian election campaign. The events are held live every Tuesday …

Australian election special: Bob Cotton, Sue Regan and Quentin Grafton

April 28th, 2016


Australia is getting set to head to the polls. But what policy areas are likely to feature over the coming weeks, and what policy issues are likely …

Does HECS need HELP? | Bruce Chapman and Tim Higgins

April 12th, 2016


The Australian Higher Education Scheme (HECS) was a landmark piece of public policy. It offers students the chance to undertake higher education and …

Developing Asia | The Asian Development Outlook 2016 report

April 5th, 2016


Joseph Zveglich and Christopher Edmonds from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) chat with Policy Forum Pod about the findings of ADB’s flagship …

Developing Agriculture in Pakistan

March 29th, 2016


Agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan's economy, contributing over 20 per cent of the national GDP. But, what does the future hold for this …

Hugh White & Stephan Fruehling: Australian Defence White Paper - good, bad, or just wrong?

March 15th, 2016


The Australian Defence White Paper sets out an ambitious and expensive future for Australia's defence capabilities. But how does it stack up? …

Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn, and the mysteries of authenticity

March 4th, 2016


In many countries voters are increasingly turning towards leaders they see as ‘authentic’. But does authenticity lead to good policy outcomes? In the …

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