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Michael Cooney

Michael Cooney
Michael is a former Executive Director of the Chifley Research Centre. He was previously Speechwriter to Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard MP, Senior Adviser at the HR Coombs Policy Forum, Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, and was Principal Policy Advisor to Federal Labor Leaders Kim Beazley and Mark Latham.

Articles by Michael Cooney

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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Inclusive Prosperity – Australia’s record and the road ahead

The Inclusive Prosperity Commission argues rising inequality is a threat to Australia’s future growth prospects. In turn, we argue that polices to limit inequality are urgently needed – while policies which make inequality worse are neither tough nor necessary but … Read More

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Immigration – nation building or gate keeping?

The securitisation of migration is slowly eating away at one of progressive Australia’s most cherished accomplishments – a diverse, cohesive society. Henry Sherrell writes   The role of immigration has been central to building modern Australia. Arthur Calwell was certainly … Read More

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Experiment pays off: Melbourne People’s Panel produces quality policy

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/experiment-pays-off-melbourne-peoples-panel-produces-robust-policy-20150628-ghzoz4.html Citizen juries are one of the most promising innovations to emerge in the conversation about democratic renewal, writes Nicholas Reece in the Age

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Wayne Swan’s focus on wages

Mike Seccombe of the Saturday Paper reports on Chifley’s Inclusive Prosperity Commission and the big difference between the United States and Australian economic stories: over the last 30 years median incomes in the US have increased by zero – here they’ve … Read More

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“The integrity of the partisan”

This is an edited version of remarks to the Australian National Univeristy Meet the Author series, Canberra, 12 May 2015 What do we think of the person who thinks with the mind of the Party? Thanks to George Orwell, our … Read More

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“Joe Hockey attacks our Inclusive Prosperity Commission in Parliament”

http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/genpdf/chamber/hansardr/3aa7b06b-a011-4392-8a1a-80ecb19d5f1a/0121/hansard_frag.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf

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Michael Cooney and Rafael Epstein talk about reading and writing – and the personal ads in the London Review of Books.

http://www.chifley.org.au/audio/Drive%20with%20Rafael%20Epstein-20150501.mp3

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Michael Cooney chats to Denis Walter about the first female Prime Minister – and prospects for a second.

http://www.chifley.org.au/audio/3AW.mp3

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Michael Cooney’s thanks to former PM Gillard at the launch of The Gillard Project:

BOOK LAUNCH   Julia Thanks – I think. I wish I’d written that. Right. I have at least two messages, at least two audiences, and far too many acknowledgements. It’s a definite Cooney-Gillard special. At least I’ll try only to … Read More

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