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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

The Oz fires up on Labor’s ‘retrograde’ thinkers

The Oz weighs in! Savour this top shelf rant from the Australian newspaper’s editorial column, responding – though we use the word in a broad sense – to the launch of Chifley’s Inclusive Prosperity Commission. Some 18 months after Labor’s … Read More

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Generating rising standards of living

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Michael and Philip Clark crack a few gags about the infamous ‘we are us’ speech.

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Micheal Cooney on Sunrise

Behind Closed Doors. An inside look at the Gillard Government

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Michael tells the team from ABC Local Radio Adelaide about why Julia Gillard reminds him of Joan of Arc.

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Michael and Leon Compton talk about the politics of poker machine regulation and snobbery.

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Excerpt: The Gillard Project by Michael Cooney reveals the humour at her core

People ask me: what is Julia Gillard really like? As a person, she is resilient, game, proud, yes; she has character to burn. Above all, though, Julia Gillard is funny and fun. Humour is at the core of her character … Read More

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Executive director and commission co-chair Michael Cooney launch remarks to alp national policy forum

Chifley Research Centre inclusive prosperity commission The international debate about growing economic inequality has entered a fascinating new phase in 2015.  A serious policy and political assault on growing wealth concentration has long been limited to self-consciously progressive or left … Read More

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Federal labor’s think tank launches inclusive prosperity commission

The Chifley Research Centre, the think tank of the Australian Labor Party, is launching a major new economic policy project exploring the threat to Australia’s future economic growth presented by growing inequality – and new policies to respond. The Inclusive … Read More

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Mateship: a very Australian history

Hello and welcome to this launch of Nick Dyrenfurth’s Mateship: a very Australian history here in St Kilda on this Australia Day weekend. Let me begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, and by … Read More

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