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Future of Growth

Executive director and commission co-chair Michael Cooney launch remarks to alp national policy forum By Michael Cooney

Chifley Research Centre inclusive prosperity commission The international debate about growing economic inequality has entered a fascinating new phase in 2015.  A serious policy and political assault on growing wealth concentration Read More

Federal labor’s think tank launches inclusive prosperity commission By Michael Cooney

The Chifley Research Centre, the think tank of the Australian Labor Party, is launching a major new economic policy project exploring the threat to Australia’s future economic growth presented by Read More

Trade on Australia’s terms By Penny Wong

From the oil price shocks and stagflation of the 1970s to the economic reforms of the 1980s, the first episode of George Megalogenis’s documentary Making Australia Great: Inside Our Longest Read More

Developing an Alternative Progressive Economic Agenda By Tom Skladzien

This is an abridged version of an article which appeared in Australian Options, Spring 2014. US President Harry Truman famously pleaded in vain for a one handed economist; an economist that Read More

A Government without a fiscal strategy. By Tom Skladzien

As a piece of economic management, the Coalition Government’s second MYEFO should come in for significant and serious criticism. It shows a deteriorating budget position and a deteriorating economy, but Read More

Future of Work

Inclusive prosperity: What next? By David Coats

The Chifley Research Centre were kind enough to organise a programme of meetings for me in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to coincide with the publication of my paper Building a Read More

Inequality is impacting our politics and our lifespans By David Coats

We should fear the effects of inequality on our politics and our lifespans, not just our economy and society. Inequality isn’t just destabilising capitalism or denying our people a fair Read More

Making the most of men and women at work and at home By Cilla DeLacy

I’ve just spent a year at home caring for my children after quitting a job in Melbourne to return to Perth for the sake of my husband’s health. It was Read More

Men and women at work By Cilla DeLacy

When Gough Whitlam opened the doors to higher education for women it’s possible that he and others foresaw career women happy and able to leave their children in child care Read More

Redefining work and our workplaces By Cilla DeLacy

Hugh MacKay’s recent book ‘The Good Life:  What Makes a Life Worth Living’ sheds some light on the traditional workplace structure versus a more modern, collaborative approach.  Hugh finds that Read More

New Progressive Thinking

Excerpt: The Gillard Project by Michael Cooney reveals the humour at her core By Michael Cooney

People ask me: what is Julia Gillard really like? As a person, she is resilient, game, proud, yes; she has character to burn. Above all, though, Julia Gillard is funny Read More

Reform is not dead, you’re just doing it wrong By Terri Butler

All those who are handwringing should take heart. Australia is not “ungovernable”. Reform is not dead. You are just doing it wrong. There’s a theory around that no modern government can Read More

Health and the Federation By Catherine King

There are few more respected institutions in Australia than Medicare. Universal health care is now such an article of faith that even conservative governments seeking to tear it down have Read More

The time to tackle family violence is now By Tim Watts

Australians are crying out for leadership from all sides of politics to put an end to the torment of family violence. Unfortunately, ‘leadership’ of this kind is easier to call Read More

The elephant in the IGR – Australia’s cities By Andrew Giles

There’s much not to like about Joe Hockey’s Inter-Generational Report. It is a profoundly backwards-looking, as well as deeply political document, anchored in the failures of last year’s budget – not Read More

Progress is happening

Time for all of us to act

Bill Shorten's International Women's Day speech to the Press Club.

Intergenerational report prepared by Baby Boomers who had the best deal of any generation

Abbott and Hockey talk of intergenerational theft, yet they seek to deny young people the benefits of government largesse that their generation enjoyed more than any other group in history. Nicholas Reece for The Age

Vale Kep Enderby

The ability to see through the fog of the present to the clarity of tomorrow exemplifies the great progressives of our time. From early on in his life and legal career it was clear that Keppel (Kep) Enderby was something of a master in this art.

Tony Abbott shouldn’t tweak his paid parental leave scheme, he should trash it

Sweetening the unpopular PPL with a dose of childcare sugar is not enough to help women back to work. Government, businesses and dads all need to chip in

Tony Abbott can’t win the battle of ideas with no ideas

Tony Abbott’s negativity made him a formidable opposition leader, but the cynical opportunism of that time has held him back as prime minister.

Anthony Albanese for the Guardian.
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  • Catherine King

    Catherine King is the Shadow Minister for Health and Member for Ballarat.

    Cilla DeLacy

    Cilla has 20 years’ experience in public policy and corporate strategy across the water, land use planning and environmental management

    David Coats

    David Coats is in Australia as a Visitor at the Chifley Research Centre. He is a research fellow at the

    Jim Chalmers

    Jim Chalmers MP is Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition and for Trade and Investment, and the

    Michael Cooney

    Michael is the Executive Director of the Chifley Research Centre. He was previously Speechwriter to Prime Minister the Hon Julia

    Terri Butler

    Terri Butler is the federal Labor Member for Griffith, Queensland.


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