Former Australian politician, Dr John Hewson, now chair of Australia’s Commission for the Human Future and a professorial fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, warns that ‘the coronavirus pandemic should be seen as a dress rehearsal for what awaits us if we continue to ignore the laws of science, the physical world and the demands of several catastrophic threats such as climate change’.
This article, published in The Guardian on 21 April 2020, enumerates the extent of the problems that confront the world, but also sees hope in the way that societies have transformed themselves in order to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
In developing policy solutions it is imperative that they be based on science and accepted evidence.
To chart a way ahead he calls for a new or better approach to public policy. “In developing policy solutions it is imperative that they be based on science and accepted evidence. This essential process should see the development of a “new science” – the science of human survival and wellbeing.”
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