Corporate Influence in Australia – Is it as bad as it looks?

I am a UNSW academic. My most recent research project was prompted by Wayne Swan’s claims Australian democracy had been hijacked by the 0.01%. Was the former Treasurer just making excuses for a Labor government that had mishandled major reforms? Or is Australia’s democracy in trouble?  What I found changed everything I thought I knew about Australia.

The Left needs to start talking about the long chain economy

Lindy Edwards

Thursday, 5 December 2019 republished from Chifley Research Centre

As Labor picks over the entrails of its defeat, many are slamming their failure to weave their multitude of initiatives into a simple story people could relate to. But this isn’t a failure of marketing but a much deeper intellectual failure of the movement.

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Labor is fighting a false war that overlooks its real challenge

From ABC.net.au

By Dr Lindy EdwardsPosted Sun 10 Nov 2019 at 5:00amSunday 10 Nov 2019 at 5:00am, updated Sun 10 Nov 2019 at 10:23amSunday 10 Nov 2019 at 10:23am

Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese
Labor must do hard and overdue work to move past its election failure.(AAP: Mick Tsikas)

Labor’s election post-mortem delivered a mixed message on the party’s key strategic challenge, setting the scene for an ongoing battle within the party over how to balance the views of its inner city and outer urban constituencies.

However the terms of this debate set the scene for a false war and risk distracting the party from finding the solutions to the real challenge it faces.

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