Books

Governomics-Melb-airportGovernomicswritten with Ian McAuley, was published by Melbourne University Press in May 2015.


Pushing Our Luck was published by the Centre for Policy Development in 2013. Many hands and minds went into the making of the book; I was the lead editor and a contributing author, with Adrian March and Ashley Hogan doing excellent work as associate editors.

‘If you want an alternative to the Abbott future for Australia, this book is for you. It has the ideas and policy approaches with which to bombard politicians and opinion-makers.’ (Ken Wolff, The Political Sword)

‘…one of the few attempts to pose and answer some big questions about Australia’s long-term future.’ (Nick Bastow, IPAA Victoria)


I co-edited More Than Luck with Mark Davis, one of my favourite authors. The book was another collaborative effort, published by the Centre for Policy Development in 2010 with the help of a small army of volunteers and donors (the amazing Fiona Cameron and Amelia Robertson in particular).

‘…this book is a breath of fresh air in what has been a particularly stale period in governmental policy’ (Holly, Isocracy)

‘Ideas in Australia have traditionally been looked on as an endangered species, their manner steadily diminishing under the assault of sports and shock jocks and surviving only in protected habitats like the universities and the ABC. With More Than Luck, the prized Centre for Policy Development is now making a determined effort to release them back into the wild. It’s a tough world out there, but with this book the CPD is launching ideas that combine conscience, intellect and survival smarts. May they breed and multiply. Australia needs the CPD now more than ever.’ (Denis Moriarty, Managing Director of Our Community)

‘From climate change and sustainability to proper governance and strengthening our democracy, the ideas in More Than Luck come at the right time. And we need politicians who are willing to take them seriously. If we cannot think bigger than tweets, we are in trouble. If our politicians won’t think bigger than sound-bites, we are lost.’ (Julian Burnside, QC)

‘Politics is not a horse race, but if you’re anything like me and you’re only just recovering from the “mule-trading” vibe of Election 2010, More Than Luck is a brilliant place to restore your faith. What sweet relief to find a collection of words, sentences, pages, chapters, a whole book that reminds us of the possibility these current times offer us.’ (Clare Bowditch, musician)