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Developing an Alternative Progressive Economic Agenda By Tom Skladzien

This is an abridged version of an article which appeared in Australian Options, Spring 2014. US President Harry Truman famously pleaded in vain for a one handed economist; an economist that Read More

29 Jan 2015 in Economics

The myth of the bad century By Michael Cooney

This article was first published in Quarterly Essay (number 55) in September 2014. It is a response essay to Quarterly Essay (number 54) "Dragon's Tail: The Lucky Country after the Read More

26 Sep 2014 in Economics

“Get out of the way” is no substitute for economic policy By Tom Skladzien

The Australian economy has entered its 23rd year of expansion, an achievement that is almost unsurpassed in our economic history. But this expansion has also seen record levels of inequality develop, Read More

13 Aug 2014 in Economics

Austerity: Australia doesn’t need it By Polo Guilbert-Wright

When the politics of austerity is debated in Australia, my first thought is always of the London riots. I was then living in London after studying at the London School of Read More

06 Aug 2014 in Economics

Michael Cooney on SKY Viewpoint 3 August 2014 By Chifley Research Centre

Chifley Research Centre Executive Director Michael Cooney discussing topical issues like the Budget debt myth, Tony Abbott's broken promises, the Mining Resource Rent Tax, and "ending the age of entitlement".

03 Aug 2014 in Economics

Budget credibility emergency By Tom Skladzien

Since coming to power, the Abbott Government has repeated the mantra of a “budget emergency” and a “debt and deficit crisis” more times than anyone can remember. This repetition of a Read More

01 Aug 2014 in Economics

Don’t be distracted: it’s all about the budget By Michael Cooney

The Coalition Government wants people thinking about anything but the budget, which makes it Labor's job to ensure voters avoid distractions and stay focussed on living standards and jobs, writes Read More

29 Jul 2014 in Economics

Seven lessons for Australia’s economic and political debate from the World Cup By Amit Singh

If you chose to measure modern philosophical periods by certain events, perhaps the World Cup is a useful starting point. Four years between events, a month long extravaganza of historic Read More

22 Jul 2014 in Economics

Why the Minimum Wage Should Do More To Fight Inequality By Matt Cowgill

Should public policy aim to boost the living standards of low-paid workers? If so, which lever of public policy should we pull to achieve that goal? For most of the 20th Read More

13 Jun 2013 in Economics

Austerity and the Politics of Asceticism By Michael Riordan

When Campbell Newman declared after the last election that Queensland was the new Spain, I naturally thought, like many others, that it was just political theatre, a piece of rhetorical Read More

03 Jun 2013 in Economics
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