Agenda, Volume 15, Number 3, 2008


Table of Contents

Preliminary Pages
Editors and Editorial Committee
Analysis
Will we all be Rooned without a Desal Plant?
Abstract
Introduction
Predicting the climate
The effect of climate uncertainty on the urban water balance in Western Australia
System reliability and the effect of climate-change assumptions
Implications for long-run marginal cost
Conclusions
References
Australia’s Transition from Native Forests to Plantations
Abstract
Introduction
The plantation wood surge
Wood processing
Sawn timber and wood-based panels
Pulp and paper
Unprocessed wood exports
Australia’s current forest policy issues
Federal Government disengagement
Managed investment schemes, tax deductibility and future plantation wood supply
Climate change
Concluding comments
References
Righting Australia’s Vertical Fiscal Imbalance
Abstract
Introduction
The 1998 GST Agreement and its aftermath
State Finances in the 21st century
Expenditure Pressures: The public-hospital funding debate
Reforming federalism: Issues and objectives.
Reforming Fiscal Federalism: Challenges and Opportunities
Transferring Public Hospitals
Conclusion
References
Argument
Getting Real about Adapting to Climate Change
Abstract
Introduction
Impacts assessment: the Mikado’s little list
Australian governments: more of the same
Uncertainty makes deterministic planning dangerous
‘Real options’: a cleverer option
Identifying and creating ‘real options’ in adapting to climate change
Steering, not rowing: the role of government
Conclusion
References
Debate
Can Urban Water Markets Work? Some Concerns
Successes of rural water markets
Failings of the rural water market
Scope for urban water markets
Other market issues
Concluding remarks
References
Can Urban Water Markets Work? An Optimistic View
State of Play: Politicisation
Why introduce urban water markets?
Implementing urban water markets
Discussion
References
Controversy
Is policy the problem or the solution for Indigenous people? A Rejoinder to Gary Johns
References
Retrospect
Dave Clark (1946–2008): Economist, Larrikin, ‘Critical Drinker’ and Friend
References
Reviews
A Farewell to Alms
Gunnar Myrdal. An Intellectual Biography
Research Without Tears: From the First Ideas to Published Output