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Wherever you are right now, whether it’s your home office, kitchen table or lounge room, we wanted to deliver you the sort of thoughtful policy and political discussion that you’ve come to expect from the Chifley Research Centre. 

Over the next couple of months, we will be holding a series of online events looking beyond our current crisis and debating some of the big issues facing social democracy.  

Today we are announcing the first four events in our Chifley Conversations series and I hope you will follow the links below to join us for some of these exciting events.  

Thursday 23 April – 12pm 

The Power of Speech – communication in a time of crisis 

Throughout history, societies have turned to the words of their leaders at times of crisis.  The Coronavirus Pandemic has brought into sharp focus the importance of clear and transparent communications.  How are Leaders and Governments around the world communicating in this crisis? What are they doing well and not so well? 

With: 

  • Susan Templeman MP – Member for Macquarie.  Former media and communications trainer.   
  • Sean Smith – Executive Vice President and head of the global reputation management practice at international communications agency Porter Novelli.  Former Assistant Secretary for Communications in US Department of Homeland Security. 
  • Dr Suze Wilson – Senior lecturer in Leadership at Massey University, NZ.  
  • Ed Coper – Executive Director and Founder of The Center for Impact Communications.  

Book your spot today.


Wednesday 29 April – 1pm 

UnTrumping America – Rebuilding American Democracy 

With Dan Pfeiffer – Presenter Pod Save America, former White House Communications Director and author of Yes We (Still) Can and Untrumping America

In conversation with Executive Director of the Chifley Research Centre – Brett Gale.  

Book your spot today.


Tuesday May 5 – 5pm 

A Social Democratic Future? The Case for Government 

Responses to both the COVID-19 and Bushfire crises have highlighted the importance of government policies and programs in a time of crisis. However, for 40 years we’ve been told that “big government is not the answer” leading to increased distrust in the role of government. Can social democrats build on this renewed focus on the positives of government action to make a compelling case for a new social compact? 

  • Van Badham – Writer and columnist for Guardian Australia.  
  • Dr Marc Stears – Director, Sydney Policy Lab at the University of Sydney. 
  • Andrew Giles MP – Member for Scullin, Shadow Minister for Cities and Urban Infrastructure and Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Book your spot today.


Tuesday May 12 – 5pm 

The Road to Recovery 

Governments around the world have embarked on unprecedented economic stimulus packages to simply get us through the current health and economic crises.  Once the crisis is over and we are on the road to recovery what will need to be done for the long term? What does the economic catastrophe caused by COVID-19 mean for the way our economy is organised?  

  • Angela Jackson – Economic Consultant at Equity Economics, Columnist for The Age.
  • Dr Andrew Charlton – Director AlphaBeta Australia
  • Cherelle Murphy – Senior Economist, ANZ Banking Corporation
  • Dr Daniel Mulino MP – Member for Fraser, former Parliamentary Secretary to the Victorian Treasurer

Book your spot today.

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  • Andrew Giles & Ryan Batchelor

    Andrew Giles is the Federal Labor Member for Scullin in Victoria. Ryan Batchelor is a director of the Chifley Research

    Ben Hugosson

    Benedict Hugosson is an Organisational Ombudsman for the Swedish Social Democrats, focusing on training and membership development. Benedict has experience

    Cameron Clyne

    Cameron Clyne is the former CEO of National Australia Bank and now chairman of advisory firm Camel Partners and a

    Carol Johnson

    Professor Carol Johnson - Carol is an Adjunct Professor of Politics at the University of Adelaide and has written extensively

    Catherine King

    Catherine King is the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.

    David Coats

    David Coats is in Australia as a Visitor at the Chifley Research Centre. He is a research fellow at the

    Gabrielle Kuiper

    Dr Gabrielle Kuiper has a background in science, sustainability and urban planning. She was previously Senior Adviser, Climate Change, Energy

    Emma Maiden

    Emma Maiden is the former Assistant Secretary of Unions NSW. She is currently Head of Advocacy for Uniting, leading their

    Erin Watt

    Erin Watt is the National Secretary of the Labor Environment Action Network. Erin is a National Political Coordinator for United

    Jim Chalmers

    Jim Chalmers MP is Shadow Treasurer, and the federal Labor Member for Rankin. Prior to his election he was

    Jo-anne Schofield

    Jo-anne Schofield is the National President of United Workers Union.

    Josh Burns

    Josh Burns is the federal member for Macnamara in Victoria.

    Linda Tirado

    Linda Tirado is a completely average American. She also has good rants about how much it sucks to be poor

    Lindy Edwards

    Dr Lindy Edwards is the Associate Head of School in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University

    Rebecca White

    Rebecca White, Leader of the Tasmanian Labor Opposition

    Terri Butler

    Terri Butler is the Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water, and the federal Labor Member for Griffith, Queensland.

    Tim Kennedy

    Tim Kennedy is national secretary of the United Workers Union, organising for secure jobs and a fair Australia.


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