Publications

RG Menzies Essays

Fit For Service: Meeting the demand of the Asian middle class by Andrew Bragg

Fit For Service: Meeting the demand of the Asian middle class by Andrew Bragg

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The MRC is pleased to offer the fifth R. G. Menzies Essay: Fit For Service: Meeting the demand of the Asian middle class by Andrew Bragg, Director of Policy & Research at the Menzies Research Centre. The monograph was launched by the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia, on 8 February 2017. 

The Menzies Research Centre publishes the R G Menzies Essays – a series of timely contributions …

The Promise of Digital Government by Angus Taylor MP

The Promise of Digital Government by Angus Taylor MP

The MRC is pleased to offer the fourth R. G. Menzies Essay: The Promise of Digital Government: Transforming Public Services, Regulation, and Citizenship by Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation.

The Menzies Research Centre publishes the R G Menzies Essays – a series of timely contributions to policy discussion by leading Australian and international thinkers.

Digital disruption has transformed the marketplace …

RG Menzies Essay: Game Plan

RG Menzies Essay: Game Plan

The Menzies Research Centre publishes the R G Menzies Essays – a series of timely contributions to policy discussion by leading Australian and international thinkers.

Launched by the Hon Stuart Robert MP in 2015, Assistant Minister for Defence, Game Plan: The Case for a New Australian Grand Strategy by Professor Ross Babbage is the third R G Menzies Essay publication. Former defence official and Managing Director of Strategy International Professor …

Books

2016 NEW BOOK: Menzies: The Shaping of Modern Australia

2016 NEW BOOK: Menzies: The Shaping of Modern Australia

The Menzies Research Centre launches in April 2016 an illuminating new book Menzies: The Shaping of Modern Australia.

Menzies: the Shaping of Modern Australia is the first volume in the Menzies Research Centre’s Living Legacy collection and includes contributions by David Kemp, Anne Henderson, John Howard, Margaret Fitzherbert, Peter Edwards, Henry Ergas, J. J. Pincus, Mikayla Novak, and Anne Twomey.

“I am not a believer in …

Papers and other publications

Damn lies and statistics: The demonisation of the alcohol industry

Damn lies and statistics: The demonisation of the alcohol industry

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Anti-alcohol campaigners have wildly exaggerated the cost of social damage caused by alcohol to justify punitive taxes and stricter regulation. In fact, the widely circulated claim that alcohol costs the community $36 billion a year appears to have no basis in fact. Such wowsernomics, which are subjective rather than scientific, are no foundation on which to base good public policy. 

In an independent review of the industry …

Constructing a Better Future: Restoring order and competition in the building industry

Constructing a Better Future: Restoring order and competition in the building industry

A productive and efficient construction will be critical to developing new industries, securing foreign investment and economic growth.

Yet productivity in the building industry is poor. Excessive wages and disruptive working practices typically increase the cost of construction by 20 to 35 per cent and, in some cases, even more. Better value for money in construction will help businesses expand, create new jobs and export opportunities.

The report examines a number of …

OUT SOON: Going, Going, Gonski: Why money won't fix our schools

OUT SOON: Going, Going, Gonski: Why money won't fix our schools

Public schools can – and must – do better. But reducing the argument simply to a question of money has delayed the opportunity to examine other ways of lifting educational achievement.

The report calls for a truce in the sterile debate at the size of funding for schools and calls for the implementation of reform that will improve the quality of spending – and the quality of young lives. 

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