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Insuring against disaster By Bill Nicol

Insurance is a well-established and well-proven model of risk management. We pay in advance for protection against the costs of disaster and share the cost burden across a larger community Read More

03 Jul 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

The Long Tail of Disastrous Policy By Bill Nicol

I’m from the Government, trust me! This old piece of cynicism holds much truth. The good intentions of government can create as many calamities as they do genuine solutions. Some Read More

26 Jun 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Nasty Party By Michael Cooney

Conservative parties and leaders win when people think they are strong but lose when people think they are nasty. After the political disaster of the 2014 Budget, Australian conservatives have Read More

24 Jun 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Childcare regulation is not red tape By Ryan Batchelor

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 Read More

24 Jun 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

On Clinton’s book list By Louise Crossman

Sitting in my sister’s Upper West Side apartment last weekend flicking through their home-delivered copy of the New York Times I found that week’s regular column ‘By the Book’ featured Read More

21 Jun 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

How the end of school chaplains could hurt progressives By Ryan Batchelor

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 Read More

19 Jun 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

The disaster of losing your job By Bill Nicol

Where does economic catastrophe fit within the concept of a disaster being any situation that may or does so overwhelm a group or community that it is unable to respond Read More

19 Jun 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

A full-frontal assault on Australia’s universal health system By Chifley Research Centre

Chifley staff writer JM Butskell* asks if the 2014 Budget spells the end of universal healthcare. A month after the Budget, the public debate on health policy is still mostly focused Read More

16 Jun 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Evolution not revolution By Michael Cooney

Joe Hockey's remarkable "my Budget is fair" speech to the Sydney Institute this week shows that Labor is reframing the national economic and political debate around the values that matter Read More

14 Jun 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Prosperity politics is so last decade. Austerity politics is in. By Daniel Mookhey

How good was all that revenue from the mining boom. Remember that? That lost golden age, when we happily swapped the Pilbara's iron ore for Chinese rivers of gold. When Read More

13 Jun 2014 in New Progressive Thinking
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