By John Wanna
This selection of ‘critical reflections’ on Australian public coverage bargains a precious contribution to public dialogue of significant political and coverage matters dealing with our kingdom and society. those essays are vital not just a result of recognition and place of many of the participants, yet simply because they're enormously ‘content wealthy’ and brimming with new principles.
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Critical Reflections on Australian Public Policy: Selected Essays by John Wanna