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October 11, 2016 |
The election outcome Prosperity, equality and democracy are objectives of progressive politics. The issue is how to get there. Yet, the portents are so uncomfortable that it might be wise to rely on an old Irish adage, “I would not start from where we are now”. Economies are stagnant with high unemployment and […]
October 4, 2016 |
Q: When is an economic plan not an economic plan? A: When it’s a mixture of wishful thinking, class bias and trickle-down economics. Malcolm Turnbull’s election pitch was that his government would produce more jobs and growth in the Australian economy, while eventually eliminating the budget deficit. It was the central message in his […]
June 1, 2016 |
Social policy -post Abbott Ben Spies-Butcher Tony Abbott’s departure as Prime Minister led many Australians to draw a sigh of relief. The first Abbott-Hockey Budget represented an unprecedented attack upon Australia’s system of social protection, more so even than the first Howard-Costello Budget. Fending off many of these attacks is an important win, but there […]
June 1, 2016 |
Canadian Election Shows Neoliberals CAN be Defeated Jim Stanford Australian progressive movements are busy preparing for a federal election that will be a crucial marker for many core issues: climate, jobs, inequality, fair taxation, globalization, and more. The re-election of the Turnbull government, which has kept intact the harsh agenda of Tony Abbott but […]
May 24, 2016 |
The double dissolution election is contrived if not confected. The legislative business that was so important to need a special sitting of Parliament lasted one day. When the Senate rejected the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) Bill, the government did not even put its Registered Organisations Bill to the vote. The ABCC Bill is […]