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Future of Growth

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

Joseph Stiglitz points the way to Labor’s future By Dennis Glover

First published by the Australian Financial Review.  Recently a friend showed me the template of a graph currently circulating within one of Australia’s best-funded think tanks. It was titled “Framework for Read More

Future of Work

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

Technology, teaching and the future of work By Jim Chalmers

This article was first published by The Drum Online on Monday 8 September 2014.  Ours is a democracy, and we have choices. The economist and writer Tyler Cowen described what it would look like Read More

New Progressive Thinking

Five things we can learn from the first Labor Government By Elliot Stein

Consider this scenario: a minority Labor Government, a vicious press gallery, an opposition saying the government is illegitimate, a bold new policy program, tension between cabinet and caucus, and three Read More

Social mobility for all not the few By Polo Guilbert-Wright

In 1931 James Truslow Adams suggested the American Dream meant “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class Read More

The act of remembrance By Tanja Kovac

The Eleventh of November 2014 is a significant day for the labour movement. The anniversary of Remembrance Day, the first anniversary of the Whitlam Dismissal to be celebrated without Gough – Read More

Labor, tradition and the Whitlam legacy By Andrew Leigh

GK Chesterton once said that "Tradition means giving a vote to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead." Progressives are at our best Read More

Gough Whitlam’s foreign policy was his true economic legacy By Tim Harcourt

“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

Progress is happening

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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