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Opinion Pieces

Budgeting for Inequality

June 12, 2014

Joe Hockey’s speech this week shows the Budget will make Australia less equal, not by accident but by design, argues Jim Chalmers.

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

January 23, 2014

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

December 11, 2013

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

December 10, 2013

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

November 28, 2013

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

November 20, 2013

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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