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Future of Work (ALERA Conference)

This blog post is 2 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.The following are the speaking notes for a speech given at the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association conference in Canberra in March 2018. Thank you for the invitation today. Firstly, let me acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which …

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Luke Malpass in the AFR grossly misrepresents Labor’s record under Rudd

This blog post is 8 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.The Australian Financial Review is a mildly conservative newspaper owned by Fairfax that is normally fairly even handed in its commentary and reporting (notwithstanding recent editorial changes that have seen a former Murdoch/News Ltd warrior, Michael Stutchberry, join as Editor …

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Journalist pro-tip: Don’t ask Americans for advice Australians could take on the economy

This blog post is 9 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.Michael Rowland on ABC News Breakfast asked a special advisor to President Obama on their stimulus spending “what advice would you have for Australia?” The answer: something along the lines of: “I wouldn’t want to tell a country that has …

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Spontaneous social action organised on Twitter to oppose cuts in UK

This blog post is 9 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.Imagine a parallel universe where the Great Crash of 2008 was followed by a Tea Party of a very different kind. Enraged citizens gather in every city, week after week—to demand the government finally regulate the behavior of corporations and …

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Labor must assert its economic credentials

This blog post is 11 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.The recent spate of reporting of polls demonstrates that Labor must continue to assert its strong nation building narrative and economic credentials. Labor and Kevin Rudd correctly judged the public’s mood by decrying the excesses of extreme capitalism and neoliberalism, …

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