OPINION PIECES

Tony Abbott's austerity-like measures will hit poorer communities the hardest
23 Jan 2014

Tony Abbott's austerity-like measures will hit poorer communities the hardest

The extreme budget cuts put forward by the Abbott government will hit communities like mine especially hard, greatly heightening the risk of future rising joblessness.

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3D printing: not yet a new industrial revolution, but its impact will be huge
11 Dec 2013

3D printing: not yet a new industrial revolution, but its impact will be huge

When music was a physical item – a vinyl record, a tape or a CD – ownership could be verified and quality could be assured. In the last decade, music progressively morphed into little more than a file which can be easily shared and edited. 

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The courage of our convictions: the dollar float 30 years on
10 Dec 2013

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

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 be a really good reason.  And in this case, for Paul Keating, that reason is to mark the 30th anniversary of the Hawke-Keating Government’s nation-changing decision to float the dollar on 12 December 1983.

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How to make the G20 matter again
28 Nov 2013

How to make the G20 matter again

If Australia is serious about our leadership of the G20 we need to put multilateral trade at the top of the agenda, writes Jim Chalmers

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Labor and the tools of success
20 Nov 2013

Labor and the tools of success

It wasn’t Labor’s core principles that saw us defeated in 2013, but fragmented constituencies and an internal culture tainted by the politics of polls and personality. The fact we were thrashed by a Liberal Party bereft of positive plans and unable to cost or properly explain its policies necessitates serious soul-searching.

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 Not Dead Yet - Response to Mark Latham's Quarterly Essay
30 Oct 2013

Not Dead Yet - Response to Mark Latham's Quarterly Essay

Election night on 7 September 2013 brought devastation for the federal parliamentary Labor Party and its supporters. It saw some very talented representatives defeated by a big national swing that put a full stop on the Rudd-Gillard era.

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Labor should fight for economic mobility
11 Oct 2013

Labor should fight for economic mobility

Under either prospective leader, Labor should make intergenerational mobility a key part of the Opposition’s economic agenda, writes Jim Chalmers and Mitchell Watt.

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