“Where were you when Gough was sacked?” This of course refers to Remembrance Day, the 11th November 1975, the very day when the elected Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was sacked by Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Abbott government has a bill before the Parliament to require phone and internet companies to retain everyone’s telecommunications data for two years. The Prime Minister Mr Abbott has made Read More
Clear economic choices face UK voters and the Australian Government, writes Ryan Batchelor of the Chifley Research Centre. In less than three months the United Kingdom will vote in a General Read More
Liberal leadership shenanigans are such fun to watch. They tend combine lethal intent with a heady dose of farce. New platforms, new strategies, even an alternate candidate - none are Read More
Doing away with the Freedom of Information Act (FoI) sounds like a crazy idea. Especially when you consider the way the Abbott government has gone about reducing access to information Read More
Hello and welcome to this launch of Nick Dyrenfurth’s Mateship: a very Australian history here in St Kilda on this Australia Day weekend. Let me begin by acknowledging the traditional owners Read More
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.
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’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.
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.
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
To win the battle of ideas, progressive voices must be ever present in the media, taking the battle head on. Here are our most recent media appearances.
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07 Oct 2014
Cressida has been a Chief of Staff and senior adviser to Premiers and government Ministers for nearly twenty years. She
Jim Chalmers MP is Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition and for Trade and Investment, and the
Senator Penny Wong is the Labor Opposition Leader in the Senate. Penny is also the Shadow Minister for Trade and
Tim Lyons is an Assistant Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). Tim tweets under @Picketer.