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Joseph Stiglitz points the way to Labor’s future By Dennis Glover

First published by the Australian Financial Review.  Recently a friend showed me the template of a graph currently circulating within one of Australia’s best-funded think tanks. It was titled “Framework for Read More

15 Jul 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Unlocking Asian languages By Merric Foley

The centre of economic power is shifting east and Australian governments of all stripes are trying to position the next generation to take advantage of this historic opportunity. A key position Read More

15 Jul 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

World’s envy: Australia’s higher education system By Tim Watts

Joseph Stiglitz’s recent visit to Australia, including his Chifley Conversation with Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and Chifley Research Centre ED, Michael Cooney, has sharpened the focus on values in the Read More

14 Jul 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

The rise and risk of internships By Clara Jordan-Baird

During high school, I always looked towards my university years with anticipation. These days, however, I’m not sure I’d be so excited. It was reassuring to see these thoughts echoed by Read More

14 Jul 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Disaster recovery’s black hole By Bill Nicol

Disasters come and go, but the threat of them never leaves us. This being so, how well are we placed to reflect on the policy implications? I would argue: less Read More

10 Jul 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

unAustralian party By Michael Cooney

One unexpected element of the conservative style in 2014 has been the war launched by conservative commentators on traditional Australian institutions. Anyone who recalls the culture wars of the last decade Read More

09 Jul 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Stiglitz broadens the horizon By Allison Orr

Economics can be a pretty dry pastime. Economists are in the business of looking at numbers and making sense from them. But numbers can't tell a story or inspire people; Read More

08 Jul 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

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
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