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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

Tony Abbott and the worst of Howardism

Tony Abbott has tried to tap into the nostalgia for the “golden age” of his political mentor John Howard, but it is cynical tactics they share, not leadership ability. It’s true of every living former Australian PM; Gough Whitlam, Malcolm … Read More

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At last! Less trivia and more facts on the costs of Abbott

On Monday night on Helen Dalley’s Election 2013 program on Sky, my co-panellists Amanda Vanstone and Helen Coonan rubbished the idea that the Liberal Party would take from the pockets of Western Sydney families any of the household assistance that … Read More

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Jobs Plan Sees Sense In Fostering Local Innovation

Scarce public funding is best directed where it can do the most good. Labor`s jobs plan recognises that it is the innovation of medium-sized companies that will make a real difference to Australia`s prospects into the future. It was Thomas … Read More

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Today It Is About The State Of The Jobs Market

Ever since George Washington delivered the first State of the Union in January 1790 its form and purpose have evolved. Thomas Jefferson dispensed with the inconvenience of a speech and circulated to congressmen a written report instead; it took 112 … Read More

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Here’s Hoping That Policies Will Get A Fair Airing

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has done the right and brave thing in telling the country when the election will be. Right because it focuses the year on policy and takes the focus off process. Brave because it cedes her prime … Read More

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