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Jim Chalmers
Jim Chalmers MP is Shadow Minister for Finance, and the federal Labor Member for Rankin. Prior to his election he was the Executive Director of the Chifley Research Centre and, before that, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer. He has a PhD in political science and international relations and a first class honours degree in public policy. His book Glory Daze was published in July 2013 and he tweets as @JEChalmers .

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Middle Australia needs AAA rating not business tax cut

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 Jim Chalmers.

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Technology, teaching and the future of work

This article was first published by The Drum Online on Monday 8 September 2014.  Ours is a democracy, and we have choices. The economist and writer Tyler Cowen described what it would look like if we get those choices wrong: a society divided … Read More

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Second Generation of Success

During a recent meeting at my local Khmer Buddhist Temple, a visiting senior Asian politician recounted to me a joke that got me thinking: what’s the difference between a migrant taxi driver and a university professor? The answer: one generation. … Read More

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Budgeting for inequality

Joe Hockey’s speech this week shows the Budget will make Australia less equal, not by accident but by design, argues Jim Chalmers. Simon Sinek is not a household name in Australia outside of those who watch TED talks on their … Read More

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The courage of our convictions: the dollar float 30 years on

It is highly unusual for a former prime minister, especially a fairly reclusive one, to trek to Canberra during a parliamentary sitting week to address the caucus.  There has to be a really good reason.  And in this case, for … Read More

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Labor and the Tools of Success

This post is an edited extract from ‘Not Dead Yet: What Future for Labor’. To buy ‘Not Dead Yet: What Future for Labor’ for only $14.99 with free postage, sign up here. It wasn’t Labor’s core principles that saw us … Read More

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Labor should fight for economic mobility

Under either prospective leader, Labor should make intergenerational mobility a key part of the Opposition’s economic agenda, writes Jim Chalmers and Mitchell Watt. Two things will happen this Sunday in Australia.  A new leader of the federal parliamentary Labor Party … Read More

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Economic Success, Not Poisonous Politics

The new book by Jim Chalmers argues poisonous, hyper-partisan politics should not obscure Australia’s economic achievements under Rudd, Swan and Gillard. It is now beyond dispute that the last six years have been the most horrific for the global economy since the … Read More

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A Response to Mark Latham’s Quarterly Essay

Here is Jim Chalmers’ response to Quarterly Essay 49, Not Dead Yet by Mark Latham, available in the current issue of Quarterly Essay, Unfinished Business by Anna Goldsworthy. www.quarterlyessay.com On a Canberra morning of 2 December 2003 a colleague and I were setting up a … Read More

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Coalition education policy does not add up

Jim writes for the Drum today on why this is shaping up as a schools election, and why it matters so much. A common complaint about modern politics is that the two parties are too alike. A well-worn strategy for … Read More

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