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Australian policymakers know well the cost of dealing with social crises is far greater than prevention, but structural factors make it difficult to intervene effectively. Peter Willis and Matt Tyler are graduates of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. They have worked for governments in the United States and Australia to improve social services.

In this article for The Mandarin, they discuss bringing governments and communities back on the same page. They argue that we must move beyond merely reacting to crises and developing social policy by Royal Commission and that a Social Outcomes Fund is an important step in making the transition towards effective prevention of many of the challenges facing our society.

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