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Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh is the Labor Member of Parliament representing Canberra's north side.. He is a father of 3, an economist and author of 'Battlers & Billionaires' & 'Disconnected'.

Articles by Andrew Leigh

Tax and the art of semantic contortion

Like the sign over the bar that reads ‘Free Beer Tomorrow’, the Liberals are always telling the vulnerable that they have to suffer today for the hope of a better future … Andrew Leigh explains. ‘Fairness’ is a word that’s … Read More

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Defending our national broadcaster is as easy as ABC

Before last year’s election Tony Abbott looked down the barrel of a camera and solemnly promised that there would be no cuts to the ABC. We now hear that his government will cut $50 million a year from this treasured … Read More

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Labor, tradition and the Whitlam legacy

GK Chesterton once said that “Tradition means giving a vote to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.” Progressives are at our best when our reforms draw out the golden threads of … Read More

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Egalitarianism under threat

Asked their views about wealth distribution, most Australians have a preference for a more egalitarian society than we have today.  Andrew Leigh explains… Egalitarianism goes deep in the Australian character. Most of us don’t like tipping, and passengers tend to sit in … Read More

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