"Above all this is an honest Budget. It is honest about our challenges and opportunities.
It does not pretend to do things with money we do not have. It does not indulge simplistic solutions to what we know are complex problems. "
— Treasurer Scott Morrison
On the 11 March 2017, Western Australia went to the polls and delivered a resounding result to the WA Labor Party. After campaigning on jobs and no privatisation, the new McGowan Government has begun the task of delivering on their platform. It’s a big job. Some might say colossal.
We are living through a period of particularly combative media-politics relations, driven largely by the Trump presidency and the ongoing “fake news” debate. But, as an ABC Rear View documentary reminded us recently, tension or outright hostility between politicians and journalists is far from new.
...but we can get around it.
Most people would not consciously decide to hire candidates based on whether they remind them of themselves. But one unconscious bias – affinity bias – may lead people to favour candidates who are like themselves, research shows.
Earlier this year, I visited Federation University to partake in the ritual get-together of Australian historians: the Australian Historical Association annual conference. Each July, around 500 historians converge upon a nominated university, and spend a week sharing research, catching up with colleagues and drinking too much coffee.
We are all familiar with the phrase 'don't put all your eggs in one basket', but for many years we thrived in spite of its warning. Industry, commerce, communities and indivduals thrived. Then the boom slowed. Now it has all but stopped and economists, academics and analysts from all over the country are picking at the carcas of the boom to understand how we can avoid making the same mistakes again.