Chifley Research Centre
Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Chifley 2023 Conference at National Press Club

The Chifley 2023 Conference, took place on 4 and 5 February at the National Press Club in Canberra, just days before the start of the 2023 Federal Parliamentary sittings.

Chifley 2023 focussed on progressive public policy thinking from the perspective of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and its international partners. The conference theme was “Governing for Purpose: entrenching reforms, growth and inclusion”.


Chifley 2023 was the first major Federal ALP Conference held following the election of the Albanese Labor Government, with Prime Minister Albanese delivering the keynote address. It featured a strong group of ALP ministers, public policy makers, progressive thinkers and international guests joined the PM as presenters.

Participants included Treasurer Jim Chalmers, Finance Minister Senator Katy Gallagher, Senator Pat Dodson, Minister Tony Burke and renowned labour historian, Professor Frank Bongiorno, plus international guests Laura-Kristine Krause, from More in Common and Das Progressive Zentrum in Germany, and Bridget Phillipson MP, UK Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

Chifley 2023 covered a range of sub-themes and plenary topics, including the implementation of the Uluru Voice, the key elements of inclusive growth, and the lessons that Progressive governments are learning while in power. It also addressed the importance of building capacity to govern and restoring public sector capability.

Various excerpts from proceedings of Chifley 2023 are available across this website, via social media and elsewhere. Look out for Chifley 2023 videos and other Chifley Research Centre video posts on our YouTube site via this link.

Thank you to everyone who participated. We look forward to seeing you at future Chifley events.

About Chifley Research Centre:

The Chifley Research Centre is the Labor Party’s official think tank, committed to advancing public policy debate and progressive thinking in Australia.