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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 .

Articles by Jim Chalmers

961,027 reasons why budget flexibility is working

We shouldn’t allow the usual argy bargy about budget-week ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ obscure Australia’s overall economic and budgetary successes. Jim’s article was first published by The Drum Opinion on 13 May 2013. The news last Thursday that 961,027 jobs have … Read More

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A New Book from Chifley’s Executive Director

For the last few months I’ve been working on a book about the politics of the global financial crisis in Australia and lessons for the future, and I’m pleased to say it has been scheduled for publication and release by … Read More

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More straight talk and less budget scaremongering

We’re seeing signs this year of a mature conversation about the tough budget decisions Australia must make in light of lower tax revenues. But we’re also seeing the usual scaremongering. Jim’s article was first published by The Drum Opinion on … Read More

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Pupils more important than politics

We Queenslanders are a parochial lot, and we admire our politicians when they stand up for the state’s interests. Jim’s article was first published by the Sydney Morning Herald on 24 April 2013. But there is a limit to parochialism … Read More

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At Stake in Our Schools

Everyone around the Council of Australian Governments table in Canberra tomorrow needs to put parents and pupils before politics and parochialism. Jim’s article was first published by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald on 18 April 2013. There’ll be a … Read More

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Don’t let the permanent backlash stop education reform

For Australians who think our country can do better than cynical game-playing, the Prime Minister’s ambitious and visionary schools plan is their chance to unite behind a big national project. First published by The Drum Unleashed on 15 April 2013. … Read More

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Policy off a Long Run

Critics of the superannuation policy process don’t understand that you can have a long policy run-up, or less of the damaging speculation, but not both. Jim’s article was published by The Age, The Brisbane Times and The Sydney Morning Herald on … Read More

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Liberal Dose of Hypocrisy on Super

The absurdity of the Liberal Party’s outrage over superannuation concessions for the most wealthy in our society knows no bounds. A cursory look back at their positions over time reveals a stunning level of hypocrisy, even by their vastly diminished … Read More

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Slash and Burn

The Institute of Public Affairs has given us a sneak preview of the savage cuts Australians could expect if Tony Abbott were to become Prime Minister. The Liberal Party should be thankful that with kids’ sport, messy lawns and supermarkets … Read More

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Dodging the austerity bullet

Anyone who thinks Australia’s Labor Government hasn’t got it right on the economy need only look at Britain’s woes under the Conservatives. In judging economic policies, it is best to consider not just what happened after a given policy came … Read More

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