“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
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
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
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’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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.