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26 April 2014

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Advance is Crawford School’s magazine, showcasing the best in public policy ideas, opinions and essays.

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The environment, science, cyberspace and communities are just four of the topics tackled in the latest issue of Crawford School’s magazine, Advance.

The autumn issue of Advance, which is published this week, draws in essays, opinions and ideas on public policy from Crawford School staff and students and ANU Public Policy Fellows.

Among the contributors are Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt AC, Director of the Social Policy Institute at Crawford Professor Peter Whiteford, Executive Director of the Australian National Institute of Public Policy at Crawford Professor Quentin Grafton and Director of the Children’s Policy Centre Dr Sharon Bessell.

The magazine also features contributions from Crawford School PhD scholars Paula Hanasz and Belinda Lawton.

Advance is produced quarterly with the support of Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies and the Australian National Institute of Public Policy. The autumn issue is the second and the third is planned for June 2014.

Writing in the magazine, Crawford School Director Professor Tom Kompas said many of the contributions in the latest issue of Advance highlight the complexities faced by policymakers.

“Policymakers have incredibly difficult jobs. How do you design policy today that meets your needs tomorrow when you don’t know what those needs will be?

“This uncertainty about the future, and how we go about crafting suitable policy to cope with it, is a theme in this issue of Advance. Many of the contributors highlight an uncertain future facing the economy, society and region,” he writes.

“The work in this latest issue of Advance highlights why academia, policymakers and the public talking, sharing ideas, working together and engaging is essential if we’re to continue to face future challenges and find answers.”

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