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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

Inequality is impacting our politics and our lifespans By David Coats

We should fear the effects of inequality on our politics and our lifespans, not just our economy and society. Inequality isn’t just destabilising capitalism or denying our people a fair Read More

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

New Progressive Thinking

The time to tackle family violence is now By Tim Watts

Australians are crying out for leadership from all sides of politics to put an end to the torment of family violence. Unfortunately, ‘leadership’ of this kind is easier to call Read More

The elephant in the IGR – Australia’s cities By Andrew Giles

There’s much not to like about Joe Hockey’s Inter-Generational Report. It is a profoundly backwards-looking, as well as deeply political document, anchored in the failures of last year’s budget – not Read More

The progression of dispossession By Michael Lucas

Having been here over forty-thousand years Australian Aboriginal people are patient. But having witnessed the occurrences of the last twenty years – that patience surely is just about worn through. The Read More

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

Progress is happening

Time for all of us to act

Bill Shorten's International Women's Day speech to the Press Club.

Intergenerational report prepared by Baby Boomers who had the best deal of any generation

Abbott and Hockey talk of intergenerational theft, yet they seek to deny young people the benefits of government largesse that their generation enjoyed more than any other group in history. Nicholas Reece for The Age

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.
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  • Cilla DeLacy

    Cilla has 20 years’ experience in public policy and corporate strategy across the water, land use planning and environmental management

    David Coats

    David Coats is in Australia as a Visitor at the Chifley Research Centre. He is a research fellow at the

    Jim Chalmers

    Jim Chalmers MP is Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition and for Trade and Investment, and the

    Michael Cooney

    Michael is the Executive Director of the Chifley Research Centre. He was previously Speechwriter to Prime Minister the Hon Julia

    Terri Butler

    Terri Butler is the federal Labor Member for Griffith, Queensland.


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