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Dodging the austerity bullet By Jim Chalmers

Anyone who thinks Australia's Labor Government hasn't got it right on the economy need only look at Britain's woes under the Conservatives. In judging economic policies, it is best to consider Read More

14 Mar 2013 in New Progressive Thinking

Taking a longer view on Australia’s jobs record By Fergus Maguire

The media's coverage of the monthly jobs data too often misses the bigger picture. Regardless of whether the unemployment rate edges up or down from month to month, the fact is Read More

14 Mar 2013 in New Progressive Thinking

Italian Democrats wake up with an electoral hangover By Nick Martin

Italy’s centre-left have won the election, but will they lose the war against austerity and populist challengers? Many hoped an emphatic win in Italy for the Partito Democratico (PD) would cement Read More

13 Mar 2013 in New Progressive Thinking

Christopher Pyne’s Education Values By Jack Cormery

I try not to think about Christopher Pyne, I really do. So-called “wet” Liberals who run a hard-right agenda for the purposes of career advancement are a special breed. They always Read More

11 Mar 2013 in New Progressive Thinking

Flexible Work Arrangements Mean Real Change for the Working Mum By Rose Jackson

If you thought the Prime Minister’s recently announced plan to give some teeth to the right to request flexible work arrangements was just meaningless election fluff or convoluted and irrelevant Read More

08 Mar 2013 in New Progressive Thinking

Labor’s Future Lies In Progressive Leadership, not Progressive Liberalism By Tim Watts

Throughout the tumultuous highs and lows of the Australian Labor Party’s 120 year history, there has been one constant; an on-going existential debate about the party’s philosophical purpose. While in the Read More

07 Mar 2013 in New Progressive Thinking

Tony Abbott and the worst of Howardism By Jim Chalmers

Tony Abbott has tried to tap into the nostalgia for the "golden age" of his political mentor John Howard, but it is cynical tactics they share, not leadership ability. It's true Read More

06 Mar 2013 in New Progressive Thinking

Labor and the Asian Century By Tim Harcourt

Labor, the party that once thought Australia had the most to fear from Asia, a century later became the party that adopted the mantle of preparing Australia for the Asian Read More

06 Mar 2013 in New Progressive Thinking

At last! Less trivia and more facts on the costs of Abbott By Jim Chalmers

On Monday night on Helen Dalley’s Election 2013 program on Sky, my co-panellists Amanda Vanstone and Helen Coonan rubbished the idea that the Liberal Party would take from the pockets Read More

05 Mar 2013 in New Progressive Thinking

Jobs Plan Sees Sense In Fostering Local Innovation By Jim Chalmers

Scarce public funding is best directed where it can do the most good. Labor`s jobs plan recognises that it is the innovation of medium-sized companies that will make a real Read More

25 Feb 2013 in New Progressive Thinking
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