A Question of Political Will

A Question of Political Will Jenny McAllister In 2006, Sheri Berman put the case that “the ideology that triumphed in the twentieth century was not liberalism… it was social democracy.” As the Abbott Government commences a full scale assault on the social democratic institutions which have defined Australian national life, Berman’s bullish assessment provokes the obvious counterpoint – Ah yes, but what of the 21st century? For the...

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Treasury and the Budget: is there an Alternative?

Treasury and the Budget: is there an Alternative?   Geoff Dow   Liberals do not know as much as they think they do about how capitalist economies operate. Nor do they care as much as non-liberals about some of the problems – unemployment, structural change and crisis – that recurrently plague capitalist economies. These are the outcome of interplay between long-standing institutional biases and prevailing intellectual conditions.   The...

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The Coalition budget and the feminisation of austerity

The Coalition budget and the feminisation of austerity   Mark Dean   The Coalition Government’s budget represents a feminisation of austerity that will impact women most of all, and particularly so in disadvantaged urban settings.   The extreme economy of austerity urbanism Contemporary life in many disadvantaged areas in Australia and much of the developed world is a lived reality of ‘extreme economy’. In urban areas, neoliberalism...

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