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Australia would never be as egalitarian as it is without trade unions By Maheswaran Sridaran

A defining feature of Australia is its claim that it is a country which has an egalitarian society; that is a claim that Australia has always made, throughout its history, Read More

22 May 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Pension age restricts choices for the poor By Louise Crossman

Joe Hockey’s proposal to lift the pension qualifying age will mean poor and marginalised people are forced to work longer while the wealthy will still be able to choose when Read More

16 May 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Budget Day in Absurdia By Chifley Research Centre

Chifley staff writer JM Butskell* hopes we aren't headed for an economic slumber. William James, widely considered the founder of American psychology once observed that “there's nothing so absurd that if Read More

13 May 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Egalitarianism under threat By Andrew Leigh

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 Read More

12 May 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

The survival of the fittest mentalist of the Abbott government: Shifting the balance from working people to vested interests By Wayne Swan

Launch of the Melbourne Chifley Ideas Circle Introduction It’s great to be here tonight to help launch the Melbourne Chifley Ideas Circle. In a world of neo-conservative idea machines, there’s no doubt the Read More

08 May 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Thick hide and cold hearts By Joseph Ludwig

Since the Abbott Government started its campaign to repeal protections from racially motivated offensive and humiliating language there has been an outpouring of community anger. Last week submissions closed on the Read More

06 May 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Restoring trust in NSW politics By Daniel Mookhey

For political strategists, Mr O’Farrell’s fate poses a different question. This question is about the ongoing viability of his favoured political strategy, ‘the small target strategy.’  ... Daniel Mookhey tells Read More

06 May 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Championing a Labor culture of ideas By Michael Cooney

Last week the board of Chifley appointed me as Executive Director.  I’ve got a lot of work to do – and the first job I have is to ask you Read More

11 Apr 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Today: a chance for science and policy to overrule unreason and antivaxxers By Ryan Batchelor

A simple change to the law could help save kids from catching preventable diseases. Rates of vaccine refusal are on the rise in Australia. So are outbreaks of preventable diseases like Read More

11 Apr 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Fighting climate change will take courage and commitment By Mark Butler

Just five months ago Australia was a country admired not just for its natural beauty, but for its pride in, and protection of, that natural beauty. And yet, all it Read More

06 Mar 2014 in New Progressive Thinking
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