The APPS Policy Forum (policyforum.net) is a public policy website devoted to Asia and the Pacific. The Policy Forum is an initiative of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society (APPS) – a community of scholars, public policy practitioners, people working at every level of public policy design and implementation, and the policy-engaged public. Membership of the Society is free and it brings with it significant benefits. Policyforum.net and the Society are located at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. The website and the Society are managed by the same team that produces the journal Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies. Policyforum.net publishes original essays, opinions and ideas on public policy challenge throughout the region, and the world. Our contributions are written with a broad audience in mind and are intended to provoke a discussion, dialogue or debate. Our authors include distinguished academics, former prime ministers, people employed by NGOs and postgraduate students. We welcome contributions. If you have expertise in a public policy area, and an opinion you want to share, drop us a line through our ‘contribute’ page. The team behind Policyforum.net believe that the best way to respond to public policy challenges is by the free, frank and open exchange of ideas based on evidence. All content produced for the Policy Forum.net is available for republishing and reproducing under a Creative Commons licence. Tom Kompas is the Publisher of Policy Forum.