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Future of Growth

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

How can we redefine and redistribute wealth? By Cilla DeLacy

It seems the great equalisers throughout history, in regards to wealth distribution, have been two world wars and the Great Depression according to Picketty’s latest work and as seen in Read More

What would a high quality China free trade agreement look like? By Penny Wong

Australia risks signing up to a sub-standard free trade agreement with China because the Abbott Government is more interested in the politics than in the economics of trade. Tony Abbott is Read More

“Get out of the way” is no substitute for economic policy By Tom Skladzien

The Australian economy has entered its 23rd year of expansion, an achievement that is almost unsurpassed in our economic history. But this expansion has also seen record levels of inequality develop, Read More

Where will the jobs come from? By Jenny McAllister

In Vanity Fair in 2012 Professor Joseph Stiglitz reflected on the prolonged economic downturn in the United States, comparing it with the Great Depression. He argued that in both cases, Read More

Future of Work

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

How do we transform work? By Cilla DeLacy

Technology and working women are changing the way we work. We can now work from anywhere at any time. With many more educated women in the workforce the demand for Read More

Crippling Unions: Abbott’s anti-worker agenda By Tim Lyons

Address by ACTU Assistant Secretary Tim Lyons to Chifley Research Centre. Introduction by Chifley Research Centre Executive Director Michael Cooney. Wednesday, 29 October 2014, Melbourne *** Introduction by Michael Cooney Welcome.  Let me acknowledge Read More

Abetz says flexibility, we say insecurity. By Susie Allison

The Abbott government’s proposed changes to the Fair Work Act pose a real threat to basic employment rights. When understood in the context of an increasing casual and short-term contract Read More

New Progressive Thinking

Achieving health outcomes sans intergenerational inequity By Andrew Giles

Over the past couple of weeks, the Coalition’s shambolic and dishonest position on the GP Tax has underlined the uncertainty around the proposed Medical Research Future Fund. A number of prominent Read More

Defending our national broadcaster is as easy as ABC By Andrew Leigh

Before last year’s election Tony Abbott looked down the barrel of a camera and solemnly promised that there would be no cuts to the ABC. We now hear that his Read More

Doubling down on dishonesty – Abbott’s year in review By Joseph Ludwig

As the political year comes to a close, it deserves a bit of reflection on the work of the Government. I suspect Tony Abbott is keen to have the year over Read More

Review: Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050 By Felicity Wade

World events are making it increasingly clear that leadership on climate action is a mission Labor must embrace. It is easy however to get lost in the labyrinth of climate policy. Read More

Remember, remember, the 2nd of December By Michael Cooney

Today, the second of December, has often been an amazing day in Australian politics. This was the day in 2003 that Mark Latham “shook up the world” and seized the Labor Read More

Progress is happening

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.

Why I’m a Feminist

I am a feminist. Not because I'm a whinger, or a victim, but because I understand how very fortunate I am. And I'm grateful to the women (and men) who've made that possible.

Tanya Plibersek for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Australia’s stance on tax avoidance out of step

The "Double Irish Dutch sandwich" sounds like something questionable you'd find on the menu at backpacker-run cafe. But it's actually a notorious tax loophole in Ireland which allows huge multinational companies to get away with paying tiny amounts of tax through shifting money between multiple countries.

Bill Shorten and Andrew Leigh for the Sydney Morning Herald

Raise the GST? No thanks. Here’s five better ways to fix Australia’s finances

Like the arrival of the jacaranda bloom, the GST hike made its annual appearance in Australia this week. This is the hardy perennial of Australian public policy, and the usual arguments were on hand to welcome its arrival.

David Hetherington for The Guardian
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