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Out of 13 recommendations in the Regions at the Ready report, the government has accepted only five without reservation. Eight months is a long time in politics. (If you don’t believe me, take a look at what’s happened in the federal parliament in the past week.) So waiting eight months for a response to a parliamentary report raises certain expectations. When the federal government delivered its response last week to an ambitious parliamentary blueprint for regional Australia, the almost eight-month wait had led many of us to expect something detailed and sophisticated. Many of us…
18.02.2019 · From The_Conversation_Australia
When it comes to urban planning, the question is not so much how to physically plan our cities differently. Rather, the question is how to convince both the public and our politicians to implement change. The evidence of human-induced climate change is clear. At minimum, climate change will cost us dearly due to the economic impacts and lives lost from the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events. At worst, it presents an existential threat. Living in North American cities often means heavy reliance on the automobile. Many planners ...
07.01.2019 · From The_Conversation_Canada
Children are not being considered when it comes to urban planning. Children are being left out of decisions about the environments created around them, when really, their needs should be at the heart of them. In the UK, children are becoming less healthy – physically and mentally – and spend more time indoors than previous generations. Society is so caught up in discussing children’s health, education, safety and social media use, that little time is spent looking at the effect urban planning has on their lives. Children growing up in towns and cities have less freedom to mov…
12.12.2018 · From The_Conversation_UK
When government policy turns out to be a dud and goes off the rails, no one is happy. Support for democracy and trust in politicians is falling. We hear a lot about evidence-based policy as a way to stem this decline, but less about how that evidence should be generated. One idea that may generate the type of evidence that will help make more informed decisions appears, paradoxically, fairly unpopular with the punters. Perhaps the problem is that not enough has been done to explain to the public what this idea - carefully testing new policies on small groups first - might me…
06.12.2018 · From The_Conversation_Australia