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Future of Growth

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

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

Future of Work

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

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

New Progressive Thinking

Why the rush? The complex reality of telecommunications data retention By Terri Butler

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

More cuts are not the path to prosperity By Ryan Batchelor

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

Stalk the Leader – Liberal Edition By Daniel Mookhey

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

Freedom of Information Act is under attack By Polo Guilbert-Wright

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

Mateship: a very Australian history By Michael Cooney

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

Progress is happening

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.

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
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