How the tax system can narrow (or widen) the gender gap

How the tax system can narrow (or widen) the gender gap Andrew Leigh . Yes, Virginia, there is a Gender Gap There are massive gender differences in Australia today. Women comprise just 26 per cent of ASX200 board directors and 7 per cent of ASX200 CEOs. There are more large companies run by men named John than by women. Women make up just 28 per cent of the judiciary. In federal parliament, women comprise only 32.4 per cent of federal...

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The National Broadband Network (NBN) – back to the future for Australia

The National Broadband Network (NBN) - back to the future for Australia Lee Ridge The National Broadband Network (NBN) was one of the policies that contributed to Labor’s national election victory over John Howard’s Liberal-National Party (LNP) government in 2007. The NBN, was Australia’s largest ever infrastructure project. It aimed to connect 98 per cent of Australians to the Internet via a national optical fibre network known as...

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The Energy of Playford

The Energy of Playford David Faber Australia, and with it South Australia, stands at an historical crossroads of socioeconomic development. With climate change a pressing peril, the need to rely on emerging renewable energy technologies for new, lower cost employment in sunrise industries is imperative. Only innovative thinking superseding outdated dogma and vested interests will suffice. The weakness of the defunct National Energy Guarantee...

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Australian Urban Policy: Pat Troy’s contribution

Australian Urban Policy: Pat Troy’s contribution Frank Stilwell Some of the most pressing problems in Australia are urban and regional. Their redress requires deep understanding of how our cities and regions have transformed our relationship to the physical environment and generated a growing economic gulf between winners and losers. That knowledge can inform enlightened urban policies, given the political will to act. This article reflects on...

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Laurie Carmichael-A union life

Laurie Carmichael-A union life Andrew Dettmer The life of was one of service, passion, ideas, and courage.In his 93 years, Laurie was an innovator, a leader, an advocate, a thinker, and a speaker of unparalleled inspiration. Most of all, he was a trade unionist and communist. And a husband and father. Laurie was born in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg in 1925. He attended Merlynston and Coburg State Schools, and went to Brunswick Tech until he...

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Doug Cameron speech to Laurie Carmichael Memorial Event

LAURIE CARMICHAEL MEMORIAL Doug Cameron Laurie Carmichael was a remarkable Australian. He was a leader, a campaigner, an intellectual, and to many union activists he was a mentor and a friend. His values, his principles, his politics and his formidable intellect combined to make him one of the greatest trade unionists this country has produced. He was tough, gruff, and uncompromising when it came to the interests of working class Australians. ...

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An inelegant coup – Editorial Issue 89

An inelegant coup – Editorial Issue 89

Lessons from a most inelegant coup The record shows that Malcolm Turnbull became the Prime Minister of Australia on 15 September 2015. He did so by beating Tony Abbott in a ballot held among the Federal Liberal Parliamentary caucus. Malcolm Turnbull resigned as Parliamentary leader, and hence as Prime Minister, on 24 August 2018 when the Federal Liberal Parliamentary caucus voted to spill the leadership. Scott Morrison was the Treasurer of...

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