Prison during covid-19: Nordic approaches

Nordic countries have incarceration rates that are a fraction of Australia’s. Their systems emphasise non-custodial alternatives to imprisonment and promote prisoners’ access to education. This has helped Nordic prisons respond to Covid-19.

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Catalogue of Nordic economic responses to Covid-19

“The organised tripartite co-operation and universal welfare states of the Nordic countries have encouraged an immediate, united societal response to this major health and economic crisis.”
- Andrew Scott, Convenor, Nordic Policy Centre

This catalogue details the Nordic states’ economic responses to assist workers during the Covid-19 crisis. It builds on the international catalogue of economic responses compiled by the Centre for Future Work. it is non-exhaustive and will be updated with new developments.

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COVID-19 Economic Response: Nordic Nations among Global Leaders as Australia Lags

The following statement can be attributed to Professor Andrew Scott, Convenor of The Australia Institute’s Nordic Policy Centre:

The International Trade Union Confederation has compiled a list of the countries which have responded best on behalf of working people to the Coronavirus pandemic which has gripped the globe. The governments of the countries which have made it onto this list have all acted to assure: paid sick leave; wage support; income support for freelance, self-employed and gig economy workers; and free healthcare.

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Fossil fuel free steel: No longer a pipe dream in Sweden

Steel production is one of the most energy-intensive industries in the world.

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Citizens’ Living Rooms: Libraries in Finland

Finland’s library system is second to none. Finnish libraries are an important part of civic culture, and are the second highest rated public service in the country after drinking water.[i]

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Geelong’s Industrial Transition: Cars to Wind Turbines

New research presented in Geelong today looks at how Denmark leads the way in industrial transition and opportunities for Australia.

Danish wind energy company Vestas is operating at the old Ford car factory site in Geelong, Victoria. This represents not just a change of industry but an opportunity to improve the way Australian regions manage industrial transition.

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The fathers’ quota in Iceland for 19 years: Impact on work and care

This briefing note was presented at The Australia Institute Nordic Policy Centre roundtable on Paid Parental Leave, 26 August 2019, and covers the impact of the Fathers' quote of paid parental leave in Iceland over the past 19 years.

The Briefing note, by Icelandic academic, Ásdís Aðalbjörg Arnalds, in cooperation with Professor Guðný Björk Eydal and Associate Professor Ingólfur V. Gíslason, can be found here.

Degrees North: Vocational and university education in Australia and Nordic countries

The Finnish approach to education recognises that many young people have vocational aptitudes that are not best fostered in a standard academic environment. Australia can learn from Finland’s attainment of excellence with equity in its post-school educational institutions. 

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Driving Norse: Electric vehicle policies in Norway

In Norway, the number of new car registrations that are EVs is now over 50%. Norway’s success has been driven by government leadership, creating a policy environment to drive a large-scale and sustainable shift to EV use. There are lessons here for Australia.


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Skatt: Treasure and tax in the Nordic countries

This paper, written by Professor Andrew Scott of Deakin University for the Nordic Policy Centre, explores the lessons Australia could learn from Nordic countries such as Norway in providing leadership for revenue raising options in Australia.


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