Australia is blessed to be home to a number of very clever think tanks where taking the long view means more than renting out an office on the 45th floor. The researchers and policy writers whose footsteps echo down these halls of reason would make excellent public servants, if only the government was forward thinking enough to employ them. Unfortunately for all of us, it’s not. Fortunately for all of us however, they continue to plug away regardless, clickety clacking on their keyboards in dogged pursuit of the dream in which their words are heeded and made concrete in legislation. The papers they produce are invaluable for everyone from political activists to businesses to government employees in the perspective they bring to public debate.
Here are some of their most current and timely publications outlining how we can best transition to a socially just, sustainable Australia:
- “The dirty topic of peak oil: get ready to reduce your reliance” September 2, 2010 Dr David Ingles, Dr Richard Denniss.
- “Once more with feeling: Principles for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the wellbeing of most Australians” August 25, 2010 Dr Richard Denniss and David Richardson.
- “Money and Power: How much is too much for corporate Australia?” Between the lines August 5, 2010
- “Why a carbon tax is good for the hip pocket” August 1, 2010 Richard Denniss and David Richardson
- “What’s the story? Nation building narratives in climate politics” April 2010 by David Hetherington and Tim Soutphommasane
- “Memo to a progressive prime minister: leadership for the long term” 2010, by by David Hetherington & Tim Soutphommasane
- “Promoting good choices: Patterns of habit and the role of government” April 2010, by Jack Fuller
- “Climate of the Nation: Australia’s attitudes towards climate change and it’s solutions” August 2010
- “Action plan on pollution and climate change: a policy roadmap for Australia” July 2010
- “Climate change: Making up your mind?- confused by skeptical claims about global warming? Here is what the science says “ July 2010
- “Australia’s green economic potential” August 2010, Ben Eltham
- “Cooperation, Community and Climate Change: Better relationships are the key to successful action” December 2009