AQ Volume 91, Issue 4

AQ 91.4 - October 2020

2020 has been a year where many of the securities we take for granted have been stripped away, from the personal, to the social, to the political.

It has revealed what a fragile edifice our society has become, and asks the question of how we can build resilience to the regular shocks the world is now facing.

Yet resilience requires political bravery and a willingness to support the systemic change required and a keen eye on the risks of the future.

In this new AQ we look to the future and the hidden risks of doing nothing...

A Cause for Celebration - A Paradigm Shift in Macroeconomics is Underway

The pandemic has revealed an economic system on life-support – rampant inequality, low economic resilience, and central banks with nowhere left to go with monetary policy. Yet one cause for optimism is that we might finally jettison the mainstream economics fictions about government deficits and debt that have hampered prosperity over several decades. An alternative economic framework, Modern Monetary Theory has been gaining traction because it more accurately reflects the economic world we live it – and it just might the change we need to revitalise society.

Bill Mitchell

Can Artificial Intelligence be Trusted with our Human Rights?

Humans often make bad choices – our decisions can be compromised by emotions, access to only partial knowledge, or the circumstances of the day. So what if Artificial Intelligence could be used to make better decisions? Looking at the issue through the lens of Facial Recognition technology, Human Rights Commissioner Ed Santow investigates what the risks and benefits are of this controversial technology and whether we should be putting our human rights in the hands of the machines.

Edward Santow

Game of Sabotage: The culture war for the ABC

Let’s say you’re a conservative MP and you don’t really like the national broadcaster. You think it’s a bit too woke and progressive and you’re over the way it gives voice to sections of the community that don’t like what your government is doing. What can you do to rein it in and make it behave the way you’d like? Dr Andrew Dodd from the Centre for Advancing Journalism runs us through the playbook of attacks on the ABC and highlights what might be ahead for Aunty.

Andrew Dodd

What do you hope for in 2021?

If, as they say, growth comes from adversity, then 2020 has been formative. To reflect on the year and to outline some of the lessons they hope will guide us in 2021, AQ has invited back some of Australia’s most distinguished academics, activists and thinkers, including: Ian Chubb, Eva Cox, David Ritter, Tim Costello and more.

What should Australia strive for in the new year?

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