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Ryan Batchelor

Ryan Batchelor
Ryan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chifley Research Centre. He served the previous Labor Government as Policy Director to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and as Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to Minister Jenny Macklin. He also worked as Labor’s Campaign Policy Director during the 2010 and 2013 Federal Elections. After spending some time living and working in Timor-Leste, he is currently a graduate student in the United Kingdom.

Articles by Ryan Batchelor

More cuts are not the path to prosperity

Clear economic choices face UK voters and the Australian Government, writes Ryan Batchelor of the Chifley Research Centre. In less than three months the United Kingdom will vote in a General Election. Polls have the major parties – Conservative and … Read More

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Time to admit defeat on PPL

Tony Abbott should admit defeat on his PPL policy and move on, writes Ryan Batchelor of the Chifley Research Centre. The first child supposed to benefit from Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme has already been conceived. His or her … Read More

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Childcare regulation is not red tape

Childcare regulation isn’t red tape. It stops our kids getting hurt, or sick, and makes sure they play in a nurturing environment. It makes sure that they are properly supervised by well-trained staff. As a parent, I strongly support the … Read More

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How the end of school chaplains could hurt progressives

The demise of the ‘faith-only’ school chaplaincy program is a good thing. A religion-only program has no place in our public education system. But progressives should be cautious about celebrating the High Court’s decision in Williams (No.2) as it could … Read More

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Today: a chance for science and policy to overrule unreason and antivaxxers

A simple change to the law could help save kids from catching preventable diseases. Rates of vaccine refusal are on the rise in Australia. So are outbreaks of preventable diseases like measles and whooping chough. The two are related. To … Read More

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Dumping tomatoes: why SPC needs our support

I love tinned tomatoes. They are greater than sliced bread, and my cupboard is never without them. Although nothing beats fresh, home grown tomatoes for taste, the sad reality of many supermarket tomatoes these days is that they are floury … Read More

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Demonising disability pensioners won’t help them into work.

The government needs to find a better way. Manufacture a crisis. Find a scapegoat. Vilify them. Take ‘drastic’ action. It is policy making straight from the conservative playbook. Yet again we have seen it from Liberal Minister Kevin Andrews as … Read More

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