New Progressive Thinking

In death Dahl can continue to teach By David Nelson

The recent death of Professor Robert A. Dahl was reason for pause[1]. Prof. Dahl wrote extensively on democracy in theory and practice. For many, this writer included, he provided the Read More

11 Feb 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Dumping tomatoes: why SPC needs our support By Ryan Batchelor

I love tinned tomatoes. They are greater than sliced bread, and my cupboard is never without them. Although nothing beats fresh, home grown tomatoes for taste, the sad reality of Read More

10 Feb 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Demonising disability pensioners won’t help them into work. By Ryan Batchelor

The government needs to find a better way. Manufacture a crisis. Find a scapegoat. Vilify them. Take ‘drastic’ action. It is policy making straight from the conservative playbook. Yet again we have Read More

04 Feb 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

This Government truly can’t see the forest for the trees By Joseph Ludwig

I welcomed the news yesterday that Barnaby Joyce was ‘vowing’ to fight for the creation of a $7 billion rural bank. Rural Australia needs a finance vehicle for farmers seeking Read More

04 Feb 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Families must come before profits By Terri Butler

Every Australian family should be concerned about the proposed GP and Hospital tax. It’s an assault on Australia’s world-class universal healthcare system, Medicare. But the proposal’s also fraught with problems for families Read More

20 Jan 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Faithful progressives By Brad Chilcott

Gandhi is famous in Christian circles for saying “I like your Christ. I don’t like your Christians – you are so unlike your Christ.” It seems that most people in the Western Read More

17 Jan 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Reasons to be cheerful: Australia remains a social democratic nation By Nick Martin

With the election of the Abbott Government, progressives across Australia settled into a funk. A conservative victory at the polls seemed to herald a significant change in voter attitudes. All Read More

15 Jan 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Open for business! Unless you’re in clean energy By Phil Ireland

For all the rhetoric about encouraging private investment, this Government seems to be doing everything in its power to wind back Australia’s clean energy boom. Tony Abbott and the Coalition Read More

14 Jan 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

The courage of our convictions: the dollar float 30 years on By Jim Chalmers

It is highly unusual for a former prime minister, especially a fairly reclusive one, to trek to Canberra during a parliamentary sitting week to address the caucus.  There has to Read More

11 Dec 2013 in New Progressive Thinking

Letter from … Australia By Patrick Diamond

First published by Progress Online. Like Labour in Britain in 2010, the Australian Labor party suffered a heavy defeat in 2013, despite having a record replete with governing achievements. As the Read More

11 Dec 2013 in New Progressive Thinking
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