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The Chifley Research Centre is the Labor Party’s official think tank, committed to the advancement of public policy debate and progressive thinking in Australia.

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Michael Cooney on SKY Viewpoint 3 August 2014

Chifley Research Centre Executive Director Michael Cooney discussing topical issues like the Budget debt myth, Tony Abbott’s broken promises, the Mining Resource Rent Tax, and “ending the age of entitlement”.

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The Abbott Government and Intergenerational Warfare

Chifley staff writer JM Butskell* has this to say on intergenerational warfare…  Just under ten months in to Government, just over two months since the Budget, and days after yet another botched effort on background to talk up Joe Hockey’s … Read More

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Michael Cooney on The Drum, 25 July 2014

Chifley Executive Director Michael Cooney appears on The Drum, discussing MH17, political biographies and other issues of the day.  

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In conversation with Joseph Stiglitz and Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen

The Chifley Research Centre hosting Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz in conversation with shadow treasurer Chris Bowen and Chifley Research Centre Executive Director Michael Cooney on the economic perils facing Australia. Questions from the audience include Wayne Swan MP, Senator … Read More

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A full-frontal assault on Australia’s universal health system

Chifley staff writer JM Butskell* asks if the 2014 Budget spells the end of universal healthcare. A month after the Budget, the public debate on health policy is still mostly focused on the Government’s plans to introduce a compulsory $7 … Read More

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Chifley on The Drum, 15 May 2014

Chifley Executive Director Michael Cooney appears on The Drum, discussing the $7 GP tax, petrol tax, disability funding, school chaplains and other topical issues coming out of the 2014 Budget.

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Budget Day in Absurdia

Chifley staff writer JM Butskell* hopes we aren’t headed for an economic slumber. William James, widely considered the founder of American psychology once observed that “there’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” … Read More

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New Executive Director Announced

Nick Martin, Chair of the Chifley Research Centre, has announced the appointment of Michael Cooney as Executive Director of Australian Labor’s think tank. “I’m delighted that Michael has accepted our offer to lead the work of the Chifley Research Centre … Read More

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Executive Director Vacancy

The Chifley Research Centre (CRC) is Australia’s leading progressive research institution. Established in 1996, the CRC is an independent research centre, or ‘think‐tank’, with a close relationship to the Australian Labor Party, the union movement and the broader progressive community. … Read More

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Chifley on The World Today, 2 July 2013

Chifley Executive Director Jim Chalmers talk to Eleanor Hall on the World Today about his upcoming book. You can listen to the interview, or read the transcript here. 

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