Inclusive Prosperity

Inequality In Australia: A Bill to shift the debate By Jenny McAllister

Seventy years after Australia’s burst of post-war institution building, it’s time to reorient our economic institutions to the challenges of our times. That’s why I’m introducing a bill to require Read More

Report “Inequality: The Facts and the Future” By Michael Cooney

The Inclusive Prosperity Commission is a major policy project of the Chifley Research Centre, the think tank of the Australian Labor Party. Since its launch in 2014, the Commission has Read More

Why is everyone talking about Medicare privatisation? By Michael Cooney

Malcolm Turnbull has started saying the Government won’t privatise Medicare. Is that even a thing? We explain. The West Australian newspaper revealed a big secret in February this year. The newspaper’s Read More

What is the difference between Labor and Liberal on Medicare? By Michael Cooney

For more than thirty years, Medicare has been there when Australians need it. A sick child in the night, a pensioner with a persistent headache, a middle or working class Read More

The elephant in the room ignored by Scott Morrison: Automation, robotics and the future of work By Barry Dunning

“This budget is an economic plan, it's not just another budget.” With those words Scott Morrison opened last Tuesday’s Budget speech. There was plenty of time for three-word slogans, with Read More

Future of Work

It’s time to change the laws for workers By Tim Kennedy

Over the last few decades, the way we live and work has changed, and our workplace laws have not kept up. The Fair Work Act, which sets out the laws for Read More

CRACKDOWN By Cressida Wall

What do Garfield Barwick and Josh Frydenberg have in common? Let me give you a clue: paid parental leave. The notorious Cressida Wall explains.   Oh my god.   A week after the Budget, Read More


Over the weekend, on May Day, many Australians lined the city streets marching in commemoration of the achievements of workers. It’s a telling sign of solidarity internationally as people the world Read More

Inclusive prosperity: What next? By David Coats

The Chifley Research Centre were kind enough to organise a programme of meetings for me in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to coincide with the publication of my paper Building a Read More

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

New Progressive Thinking

Environmental laws for the 21st Century By Felicity Wade

OUR ENVIRONMENT LAWS ARE BROKEN Australia’s environment laws are broken. In 1999 the Howard Government delivered the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Protection Act that administers the Commonwealth Government’s responsibilities for protecting Read More

Interview with Terence Szuplat By Michael Cooney

Terence Szuplat was a Special Assistant to the President and served as a foreign policy speechwriter for President Barack Obama from 2009-2017 and deputy director of White House speechwriting from Read More

Middle Australia needs AAA rating not business tax cut By Jim Chalmers

The Turnbull Government can keep Australia’s AAA credit rating or it can keep its $50 billion big business tax cut – but it can’t keep both, writes Shadow Finance Minister Read More

Book Review: Two Futures By Nathan Lambert

In August last year, Clare O’Neil and Tim Watts published Two Futures, an ambitious book that attempts to identify the key policy reforms Australia will need over the next twenty-five Read More

Sliding doors – Australia and Indonesia By Polo Guilbert-Wright

The 1998 film “Sliding Doors” starring Gwyneth Paltrow explores the different paths her characters, Helen’s life might take after she does, and doesn't, find her lover in bed with another Read More

Progress is happening

Shake up energy market regulation now!

Gabrielle Kuiper explains how to make the energy market a strength, not a weakness, for the environment and growth We need a shake-up of energy market regulation The independent Review of Governance Read More

Raising the GST is a lazy reflex by conservatives

Chifley Executive Director Michael Cooney takes the long handle to the so-called policy arguments for a GST The right-wing brain explosion over a higher GST is a case of evidence-free policy. Read More

Increasing structural inequality and gender pay gap put a drag on economic growth

Katharine Murphy reports on our latest paper. Labor think tank says party conference must address nation's rising inequality A new paper produced by the inclusive prosperity commission attached to Labor’s official thinktank, Read More

Labor pulls the right levers

Labor's conference showed good politics and good policy converge in the here and now, writes Nicholas Reece in the Age Labor is finally on the right side of the debate. Watch Read More

We all must prosper: ex-NAB boss

Cameron Clyne tells the Australian newspaper that business needs to be more vocal on equality and recognise the benefits of universal access to health and education. Click here to read more


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  • Cameron Clyne

    Cameron Clyne is the former CEO of National Australia Bank and now chairman of advisory firm Camel Partners and a

    Catherine King

    Catherine King is the Shadow Minister for Health and Member for Ballarat.

    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

    Gabrielle Kuiper

    Dr Gabrielle Kuiper has a background in science, sustainability and urban planning. She was previously Senior Adviser, Climate Change, Energy

    Erinn Swan

    As Deputy Digital Director I look for new and better ways to tell stories online. When I'm not doing that

    Jim Chalmers

    Jim Chalmers MP is Shadow Minister for Finance, and the federal Labor Member for Rankin. Prior to his election

    Linda Tirado

    Linda Tirado is a completely average American. She also has good rants about how much it sucks to be poor

    Michael Cooney

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

    Paula Matthewson

    Paula Matthewson is a freelance communications adviser and writer on politics. She was media advisor to John Howard in the

    Terri Butler

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

    Tim Kennedy

    Tim Kennedy is national secretary of the National Union of Workers, organising for secure jobs and a fair Australia.

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