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Social mobility for all not the few By Polo Guilbert-Wright

In 1931 James Truslow Adams suggested the American Dream meant “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class Read More

13 Nov 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

The act of remembrance By Tanja Kovac

The Eleventh of November 2014 is a significant day for the labour movement. The anniversary of Remembrance Day, the first anniversary of the Whitlam Dismissal to be celebrated without Gough – Read More

11 Nov 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Labor, tradition and the Whitlam legacy By Andrew Leigh

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 Read More

05 Nov 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Gough Whitlam’s foreign policy was his true economic legacy By Tim Harcourt

“Where were you when Gough was sacked?” This of course refers to Remembrance Day, the 11th November 1975, the very day when the elected Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was sacked by Read More

03 Nov 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Happy Anniversary to the Racial Discrimination Act By Andrew Giles

For me, the iconic, optimistic representation of modern Australia is that famous photo of Gough Whitlam and Vincent Lingiari. It captures a moment of great practical significance, especially to the Read More

31 Oct 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

In the name of love By Jane Austen

British film Pride tells the story of two communities coming together for a common cause – police state oppression under the leadership of Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and vilification Read More

31 Oct 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Time to admit defeat on PPL By Ryan Batchelor

Tony Abbott should admit defeat on his PPL policy and move on, writes Ryan Batchelor of the Chifley Research Centre. The first child supposed to benefit from Tony Abbott’s paid parental Read More

28 Oct 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

A policy when you don’t want a policy By Tom Skladzien

In releasing their Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, the government has finally recognised that ‘get out of the way’ is no substitute for real industry policy. Unfortunately, once we look Read More

28 Oct 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

A potential Labour Government in 2015: policy continuity or a break from the past? By Vittorio Trevitt

The general election in May 2015 will be a decisive one for the British people, who will decide on whether to elect a government that will continue along the path Read More

21 Oct 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

The burka ban blunder laid bare By Michael Cooney

This article was first published by The Drum Online on 20 October 2014. It turns out the conservative proponents of the burka ban were not the evil geniuses of wedge politics Read More

20 Oct 2014 in New Progressive Thinking
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