New Progressive Thinking

After the database revolution: Micro-Targeting in the 2013 campaign By Stephen Mills

Labor’s national secretary and campaign director George Wright was able to organise a massive ground-war campaign in marginal seats, using the emerging tactic of “micro-targeting.” Micro-targeting is the contemporary descendant Read More

21 Aug 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

The perfect (post-graduate) storm By Adrian Rook

Australia’s recent university graduates face the toughest job market in over 20 years. Many students are deciding to go straight on to postgraduate study to increase their chances of finding Read More

15 Aug 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Tony Abbott is wrong: Federal government must have a focus on our cities By Andrew Giles

When Dorothea Mackellar pined for her sunburnt country from a desk in dreary London, the Australian nation, then in its infancy, was entirely different to the one we know today. The Read More

07 Aug 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Austerity: Australia doesn’t need it By Polo Guilbert-Wright

When the politics of austerity is debated in Australia, my first thought is always of the London riots. I was then living in London after studying at the London School of Read More

06 Aug 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Abbott’s unpopularity is all our fault By Cressida Wall

Tony Abbot’s unpopularity is startling to many including (not at all startlingly) Alan Jones.  Did you hear this call a fortnight ago? Caller to Alan Jones: This opinion poll out today Read More

05 Aug 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Women’s leadership is essential to Labor’s renewal By Jenny McAllister

What follows is ALP National President Jenny McAllister's speech to the  National Labor Women's Conference in Canberra on 2 November 2014. Thank you so much for inviting me to speak today. Read More

04 Aug 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Budget credibility emergency By Tom Skladzien

Since coming to power, the Abbott Government has repeated the mantra of a “budget emergency” and a “debt and deficit crisis” more times than anyone can remember. This repetition of a Read More

01 Aug 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

The Abbott Government and Intergenerational Warfare By Chifley Research Centre

Chifley staff writer JM Butskell* has this to say on intergenerational warfare...  Just under ten months in to Government, just over two months since the Budget, and days after yet another Read More

30 Jul 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Don’t be distracted: it’s all about the budget By Michael Cooney

The Coalition Government wants people thinking about anything but the budget, which makes it Labor's job to ensure voters avoid distractions and stay focussed on living standards and jobs, writes Read More

29 Jul 2014 in New Progressive Thinking

Remembering Norman Kirk: The Whitlam of New Zealand By Vittorio Trevitt

At a time when both Australia and its neighbour New Zealand are run by conservative governments, it is important for social democrats in those countries to look at past social-democratic Read More

28 Jul 2014 in New Progressive Thinking
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