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Michael Cooney

Michael Cooney
Michael is a former Executive Director of the Chifley Research Centre. He was previously Speechwriter to Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard MP, Senior Adviser at the HR Coombs Policy Forum, Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, and was Principal Policy Advisor to Federal Labor Leaders Kim Beazley and Mark Latham.

Articles by Michael Cooney

New report measures the impact of penalty rate cuts on workers

A new report for the Chifley Research Centre shows the high cost for typical working Australians of cutting penalty rates. People with normal jobs in middle Australia will be significantly worse off every week if penalty rates are cut. Cutting … Read More

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Interview with Terence Szuplat

Terence Szuplat was a Special Assistant to the President and served as a foreign policy speechwriter for President Barack Obama from 2009-2017 and deputy director of White House speechwriting from 2013-2017. During his years in the West Wing, Terry helped … Read More

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Report “Inequality: The Facts and the Future”

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 been exploring the threat to Australia’s future economic growth presented … Read More

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Inclusive Prosperity – The Presentation

A guide to inclusive prosperity from ChifleyResearch

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Why is everyone talking about Medicare privatisation?

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 respected federal politics editor Andrew Probyn reported: Medicare, pharmaceutical … Read More

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What is the difference between Labor and Liberal on Medicare?

For more than thirty years, Medicare has been there when Australians need it. A sick child in the night, a pensioner with a persistent headache, a middle or working class family, we’ve all known we could get a doctor’s appointment … Read More

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The Liberals’ Economy in three charts

Jobs and Growth? Not so much. Every three months the National Accounts are published and tell us what’s happening in the economy. Mr Turnbull and the Liberals were quick to claim the credit for economic growth. But what are the … Read More

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Add your voice to the inequality debate

Rising inequality isn’t just being driven by economic change or even conservative public policy.  Bad corporate behaviour is making the problem worse.  To turn the problem around, we need more than just a new government with better ideas, we need … Read More

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The impact of speeches on foreign policy

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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. Instead, we should be trying to restore structural balance … Read More

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