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

Childcare regulation is not red tape By Ryan Batchelor

Childcare regulation isn’t red tape. It stops our kids getting hurt, or sick, and makes sure they play in a nurturing environment. It makes sure that they are properly supervised Read More

24 Jun 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

On Clinton’s book list By Louise Crossman

Sitting in my sister’s Upper West Side apartment last weekend flicking through their home-delivered copy of the New York Times I found that week’s regular column ‘By the Book’ featured Read More

21 Jun 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

How the end of school chaplains could hurt progressives By Ryan Batchelor

The demise of the ‘faith-only’ school chaplaincy program is a good thing. A religion-only program has no place in our public education system. But progressives should be cautious about celebrating Read More

19 Jun 2014 in New Progressive Thinking
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