Episode Summary

How can our policy institutions regain the public’s trust? On this week’s Policy Forum Pod, we bring an ethical lens to the fields of law, economics, and politics.

Episode Notes

A lawyer, an economist, and a philosopher sit down at a table to discuss ethics. This might sound like the start to a joke, but the topic of this week’s podcast is no laughing matter. When it comes to public trust in leaders to tell the truth and do the right thing, Australia tends toward the bottom of the rankings.

On this episode, Nicky Lovegrove and Sharon Bessell hear from legal expert Associate Professor Vivien Holmes, Economics Professor Ngo Van Long, and Philosophy Professor Christian Barry about how to improve the ethics of public policy, and how our leaders can help build a better moral landscape.

Vivien Holmes is Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law. She teaches and researches in the fields of legal ethics, legal education and the legal profession.

Ngo Van Long is James McGill Professor of economics at McGill University, Canada, and Honorary Professor at Crawford School. Recently he delivered the F.H. Gruen Public Lecture at the ANU Research School of Economics, where he spoke on the topic of ethical motivation and economic behaviour.

Christian Barry is Professor of Philosophy at the ANU Research School of Social Sciences, and Co-Editor of the Journal of Political Philosophy. His research focuses on ethical theory, philosophy of action, and international justice.

Shownotes The following were referred to in this episode:

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Using children in border control and political brinkmanship by Sharon Bessell

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About the Show

Policy Forum Pod is the podcast of Policy Forum.net - Asia and the Pacific's platform for public policy debate, analysis and discussion. Policy Forum is based at Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.