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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

Reform is not dead, you’re just doing it wrong By Terri Butler

All those who are handwringing should take heart. Australia is not “ungovernable”. Reform is not dead. You are just doing it wrong. There’s a theory around that no modern government can Read More

12 Apr 2015 in New Progressive Thinking

Health and the Federation By Catherine King

There are few more respected institutions in Australia than Medicare. Universal health care is now such an article of faith that even conservative governments seeking to tear it down have Read More

08 Apr 2015 in New Progressive Thinking

The time to tackle family violence is now By Tim Watts

Australians are crying out for leadership from all sides of politics to put an end to the torment of family violence. Unfortunately, ‘leadership’ of this kind is easier to call Read More

20 Mar 2015 in New Progressive Thinking

The elephant in the IGR – Australia’s cities By Andrew Giles

There’s much not to like about Joe Hockey’s Inter-Generational Report. It is a profoundly backwards-looking, as well as deeply political document, anchored in the failures of last year’s budget – not Read More

20 Mar 2015 in New Progressive Thinking

The progression of dispossession By Michael Lucas

Having been here over forty-thousand years Australian Aboriginal people are patient. But having witnessed the occurrences of the last twenty years – that patience surely is just about worn through. The Read More

06 Mar 2015 in New Progressive Thinking
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