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Immigration – nation building or gate keeping? By Michael Cooney

The securitisation of migration is slowly eating away at one of progressive Australia’s most cherished accomplishments – a diverse, cohesive society. Henry Sherrell writes   The role of immigration has been central Read More

07 Jul 2015 in New Progressive Thinking

Happy anniversary to the NDIS! By Jenny Macklin

Earlier this week, we marked two years since the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) commenced – a transformative scheme that people with disability have waited so long for.  With the Read More

07 Jul 2015 in New Progressive Thinking

Possibility before protest By Brad Chilcott

As founder and national director of Welcome to Australia my dream is that many thousands of refugees and other migrants arrive safely in Australia every year to be welcomed into Read More

11 Jun 2015 in New Progressive Thinking

“The integrity of the partisan” By Michael Cooney

This is an edited version of remarks to the Australian National Univeristy Meet the Author series, Canberra, 12 May 2015 What do we think of the person who thinks with the Read More

19 May 2015 in New Progressive Thinking

“Egalitarianism is under threat”? By Paula Matthewson

Paula Matthewson is a freelance communications adviser and writer on politics. She was media advisor to John Howard in the early 1990s and has worked in communications, political and advocacy Read More

04 May 2015 in New Progressive Thinking

Michael Cooney’s thanks to former PM Gillard at the launch of The Gillard Project: By Michael Cooney

BOOK LAUNCH   Julia Thanks – I think. I wish I’d written that. Right. I have at least two messages, at least two audiences, and far too many acknowledgements. It’s a definite Cooney-Gillard special. At Read More

04 May 2015 in New Progressive Thinking

Former Prime Minister Gillard’s speech to launch The Gillard Project: By Julia Gillard

Michael, thank you - for the invitation to be here tonight, for this thoughtful yet funny book and for being one of the great contemporary characters of Australian Labor politics.   I Read More

04 May 2015 in New Progressive Thinking

Innovation and Skills for Australia in the Asian century By Polo Guilbert-Wright

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 Read More

30 Apr 2015 in New Progressive Thinking

What does a ‘technology neutral’ approach to energy policy making mean? By Gabrielle Kuiper

It means the emissions-intensive status quo rules in Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM). The Abbott Government’s Energy White Paper released recently seeks to ‘ensure a technology-neutral policy and regulatory framework to Read More

29 Apr 2015 in New Progressive Thinking

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

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 Read More

22 Apr 2015 in New Progressive Thinking
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