Assaulting the evidence, adieu Kevin Jenkins and more ...

Assaulting the evidence, adieu Kevin Jenkins and more ...
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Jem Traylen
An assault on evidence?The new government’s coalition agreements proudly proclaimed that one of its “ongoing decision-making principles” would be to base decisions “on data and evidence, with programmes regularly assessed to see if they are delivering results”.But whether it was the banning of cellphones in schools, the repeal of smoke-free laws or the reincarnation of boot camps (the idea has had multiple rebirths), it faced repeated accusations that its policies fly in the face of evidence.Now, we are seeing the...

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