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Polo Guilbert-Wright

Polo Guilbert-Wright
Polo Guilbert-Wright is a graduate of public policy from the London School of Economics. Between 2005-07 he worked as a policy and later a media adviser to a number of NSW Ministers. In 2007 he moved to London where he worked for a global public affairs consultancy before becoming a media adviser in the UK Home Office, responsible for immigration, security, and law and order. Since returning to Australia in 2012 he has been working for a leading trade union. He holds a BA/LLB from the University of NSW and tweets @pologuilbert

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Sliding doors – Australia and Indonesia

The 1998 film “Sliding Doors” starring Gwyneth Paltrow explores the different paths her characters, Helen’s life might take after she does, and doesn’t, find her lover in bed with another woman. It’s a reminder of how timing can be everything. … Read More

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Innovation and Skills for Australia in the Asian century

Humans are biologically designed to be curious. I see it daily in my two-year-old son. He’s constantly discovering new things he can do. He learns by trial and error. The same can be said of adults, we learn by tinkering. … Read More

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Freedom of Information Act is under attack

Doing away with the Freedom of Information Act (FoI) sounds like a crazy idea. Especially when you consider the way the Abbott government has gone about reducing access to information by defunding organisations critical of government, saying something is “operational” … Read More

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Social mobility for all not the few

In 1931 James Truslow Adams suggested the American Dream meant “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. Whilst many in the USA lived … Read More

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Bowen’s right when he says…

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen recently delivered a speech to the McKell Institute titled Growth, Opportunity and Fairness: A Better Way which got me thinking not only about what the jobs of tomorrow will look like – but how important is … Read More

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Austerity: Australia doesn’t need it

When the politics of austerity is debated in Australia, my first thought is always of the London riots. I was then living in London after studying at the London School of Economics – where robust discussion of politics, economics and … Read More

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