Inclusive Prosperity

The Day After By Kate Thwaites and Andrew Giles

This crisis has radically changed our lives. How we work, whether we work, how we get around, how we socialise - all of the foundations of our day-to-day existence have Read More

Closing the Gender Pay Gap By Brett Gale

It’s been 50 years since the first equal pay act in Australia and it shouldn’t take another 50 years to achieve gender pay equity.  Chifley Research Centre’s newest research report Read More

Inequality In Australia: A Bill to shift the debate By Jenny McAllister

Seventy years after Australia’s burst of post-war institution building, it’s time to reorient our economic institutions to the challenges of our times. That’s why I’m introducing a bill to require Read More

Report “Inequality: The Facts and the Future” By Michael Cooney

The Inclusive Prosperity Commission is a major policy project of the Chifley Research Centre, the think tank of the Australian Labor Party. Since its launch in 2014, the Commission has Read More

Why is everyone talking about Medicare privatisation? By Michael Cooney

Malcolm Turnbull has started saying the Government won’t privatise Medicare. Is that even a thing? We explain. The West Australian newspaper revealed a big secret in February this year. The newspaper’s Read More

Future of Work

It’s time to change the laws for workers By Tim Kennedy

Over the last few decades, the way we live and work has changed, and our workplace laws have not kept up. The Fair Work Act, which sets out the laws for Read More

CRACKDOWN By Cressida Wall

What do Garfield Barwick and Josh Frydenberg have in common? Let me give you a clue: paid parental leave. The notorious Cressida Wall explains.   Oh my god.   A week after the Budget, Read More


Over the weekend, on May Day, many Australians lined the city streets marching in commemoration of the achievements of workers. It’s a telling sign of solidarity internationally as people the world Read More

Inclusive prosperity: What next? By David Coats

The Chifley Research Centre were kind enough to organise a programme of meetings for me in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to coincide with the publication of my paper Building a Read More

Inequality is impacting our politics and our lifespans By David Coats

We should fear the effects of inequality on our politics and our lifespans, not just our economy and society. Inequality isn’t just destabilising capitalism or denying our people a fair Read More

New Progressive Thinking

Opportunities Lost: The 2020 Budget and a Better Way Forward for Australia By Jim Chalmers

The world changed this year in ways none of us could have predicted or imagined. But the truth at the core of the Morrison Government’s 2020 Budget was that not Read More

Rethinking our cities is vital to gender equality By Lucie OBrien

Some parents now in their thirties and forties will remember Kim Beazley’s pledge to end ‘the dreaded “double drop-off”’.  This phrase was a striking feature of his budget reply speech in Read More

Australia’s Social Sector: A Post-COVID Priority By Victor Wilson

The imperative to craft a more caring community has never been stronger in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, which has placed the most vulnerable in society in the most Read More

The Light on the Hill: Celebrating 75 years By Brett Gale

It has been 75 years since Ben Chifley became Australia’s  16th Prime Minister. To mark the occasion Chifley Research Centre is releasing an ebook to celebrate and commemorate Chifley’s time as Prime Read More

It’s time to learn our lessons By Brett Gale

The last decade hasn’t really been kind to social democratic parties around the world.  As the electoral stocks of right wing populists rose those of centre-left parties fell.  In the United Kingdom Read More

Progress is happening

Interview with Matthew Laza, Director of the Policy Network

As social democratic parties continue to lose elections in Europe they are increasingly looking to Australia and New Zealand as beacons of hope.  Chifley Executive Director Brett Gale recently caught Read More

Shake up energy market regulation now!

Gabrielle Kuiper explains how to make the energy market a strength, not a weakness, for the environment and growth We need a shake-up of energy market regulation The independent Review of Governance Read More

Raising the GST is a lazy reflex by conservatives

Chifley Executive Director Michael Cooney takes the long handle to the so-called policy arguments for a GST The right-wing brain explosion over a higher GST is a case of evidence-free policy. Read More

Increasing structural inequality and gender pay gap put a drag on economic growth

Katharine Murphy reports on our latest paper. Labor think tank says party conference must address nation's rising inequality A new paper produced by the inclusive prosperity commission attached to Labor’s official thinktank, Read More

Labor pulls the right levers

Labor's conference showed good politics and good policy converge in the here and now, writes Nicholas Reece in the Age Labor is finally on the right side of the debate. Watch Read More


To win the battle of ideas, progressive voices must be ever present in the media, taking the battle head on. Here are our most recent media appearances.

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  • Andrew Giles & Ryan Batchelor

    Andrew Giles is the Federal Labor Member for Scullin in Victoria. Ryan Batchelor is a director of the Chifley Research

    Ben Hugosson

    Benedict Hugosson is an Organisational Ombudsman for the Swedish Social Democrats, focusing on training and membership development. Benedict has experience

    Cameron Clyne

    Cameron Clyne is the former CEO of National Australia Bank and now chairman of advisory firm Camel Partners and a

    Carol Johnson

    Professor Carol Johnson - Carol is an Adjunct Professor of Politics at the University of Adelaide and has written extensively

    Catherine King

    Catherine King is the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.

    David Coats

    David Coats is in Australia as a Visitor at the Chifley Research Centre. He is a research fellow at the

    Gabrielle Kuiper

    Dr Gabrielle Kuiper has a background in science, sustainability and urban planning. She was previously Senior Adviser, Climate Change, Energy

    Emma Maiden

    Emma Maiden is the former Assistant Secretary of Unions NSW. She is currently Head of Advocacy for Uniting, leading their

    Erin Watt

    Erin Watt is the National Secretary of the Labor Environment Action Network. Erin is a National Political Coordinator for United

    Jim Chalmers

    Jim Chalmers MP is Shadow Treasurer, and the federal Labor Member for Rankin. Prior to his election he was

    Jo-anne Schofield

    Jo-anne Schofield is the National President of United Workers Union.

    Josh Burns

    Josh Burns is the federal member for Macnamara in Victoria.

    Linda Tirado

    Linda Tirado is a completely average American. She also has good rants about how much it sucks to be poor

    Lindy Edwards

    Dr Lindy Edwards is the Associate Head of School in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University

    Rebecca White

    Rebecca White, Leader of the Tasmanian Labor Opposition

    Terri Butler

    Terri Butler is the Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water, and the federal Labor Member for Griffith, Queensland.

    Tim Kennedy

    Tim Kennedy is national secretary of the United Workers Union, organising for secure jobs and a fair Australia.

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