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Egalitarianism under threat By Andrew Leigh

Asked their views about wealth distribution, most Australians have a preference for a more egalitarian society than we have today.  Andrew Leigh explains... Egalitarianism goes deep in the Australian character. Most of us Read More

12 May 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

The survival of the fittest mentalist of the Abbott government: Shifting the balance from working people to vested interests By Wayne Swan

Launch of the Melbourne Chifley Ideas Circle Introduction It’s great to be here tonight to help launch the Melbourne Chifley Ideas Circle. In a world of neo-conservative idea machines, there’s no doubt the Read More

08 May 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Thick hide and cold hearts By Joseph Ludwig

Since the Abbott Government started its campaign to repeal protections from racially motivated offensive and humiliating language there has been an outpouring of community anger. Last week submissions closed on the Read More

06 May 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Restoring trust in NSW politics By Daniel Mookhey

For political strategists, Mr O’Farrell’s fate poses a different question. This question is about the ongoing viability of his favoured political strategy, ‘the small target strategy.’  ... Daniel Mookhey tells Read More

06 May 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Championing a Labor culture of ideas By Michael Cooney

Last week the board of Chifley appointed me as Executive Director.  I’ve got a lot of work to do – and the first job I have is to ask you Read More

11 Apr 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

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

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 Read More

11 Apr 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Fighting climate change will take courage and commitment By Mark Butler

Just five months ago Australia was a country admired not just for its natural beauty, but for its pride in, and protection of, that natural beauty. And yet, all it Read More

06 Mar 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

In death Dahl can continue to teach By David Nelson

The recent death of Professor Robert A. Dahl was reason for pause[1]. Prof. Dahl wrote extensively on democracy in theory and practice. For many, this writer included, he provided the Read More

11 Feb 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Dumping tomatoes: why SPC needs our support By Ryan Batchelor

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 Read More

10 Feb 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Demonising disability pensioners won’t help them into work. By Ryan Batchelor

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 Read More

04 Feb 2014 in New Progressive Thinking
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