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2008 press articles and media commentary




Economic Outlook, Life Matters, Radio National, 18 December 2008
Per Capita's David Hetherington and Oliver Hartwich of the CIS go head-to-head on the Rudd Government's fiscal stimulus, the climate change white...




Getting technical: Victoria attempts TAFE reform, National Interest, Radio National, 28 November 2008
David Hetherington argues for better market design in the VET sector with Matthew McGowan of the NTEU...




The Keynesian Renaissance, Life Matters, Radio National, 18 November 2008
David Hetherington debates the merits of the Keynesian revival with Oliver Hartwich of the conservative Centre for Independent Studies...




The end of obsessive privatisation, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 September 2008
Who would have thought it? An Australian government falls in the pursuit of privatisation. And this after the nationalisation of Fannie Mae and...




Plan puts our grey corps to best use, The Canberra Times, 15 September 2008
One of the big problems in modern society is that we don't trust one another and feel we are surrounded by strangers. There are lots of reasons for...




Political Narrative, Radio National, 1 September 2008
Michael Cooney discusses the role of “narrative” in politics with Radio National’s “Counterpoint” (1 September 2008).




Battle of ideas is only just beginning, The Australian, 25 August 2008
Many thought that after Labor's election victory last year the Right would retreat into its ideological bunker to rethink its ideas and wait for more...




Hollow Truths, The Age, 16 August 2008
"You have a debate about short-term versus long-term and intellectual policy coherence versus spinning it into tomorrow's paper and making it digestible," Cooney said. "That's the real axis of contemporary politics. There is always this tension between the person who wants to get us through today...




Questions over the ongoing relevance of unions, Lateline, 24 July 2008
Transcript JOSIE TAYLOR: Former Mark Latham and Kim Beazley adviser Michael Cooney says the Rudd Government is at a crucial stage in its...




How to cut emissions and save regional jobs, AFR, 14 July 2008
All major interest groups in Australian society – government, opposition, business, unions, the community sector - now accept the need for carbon...




Modernise or perish: Reinventing Australian unions, Radio National, 27 June 2008
Hear David Coats discuss his Per Capita papers with Peter Mares on Radio National’s The National Interest: “Now that the ALP's in power, unions could prove an irritation - or even an obstacle. The new dynamics raise questions about whether the relationship can be made more productive - not just...




Don't Get Even, Get On, The Australian, 25 June 2008
Progressive politicians, including Kevin Rudd and Australian Labor, must modernise their approach to the role of work in modern life, and in a wider...




Let’s give the Queen’s Birthday weekend to the kids, Sunday Age, 8 June 2008
This year should be the last Queen's Birthday long weekend. It's time to replace a holiday based on the past with a holiday based on the future. So...




What's rich?, Radio National, 13 May 2008
Hear Michael Cooney discuss what “rich” means in Australia today, on the eve of the Federal Budget on Radio National's Life Matters program (13 May...




Doing a job on the Job Network, Radio National, 9 May 2008
Hear David Hetherington discuss market design and employment services with Peter Mares on Radio National’s “The National Interest” program (9 May...




Job plan in for the long haul, The Australian, 8 May 2008
The Rudd Government will unveil a new plan for the privatised Job Network that involves paying job agencies more for placing the long-term unemployed...




Job training role for business, AFR, 8 May 2008
Business should team up with employment services providers and compete for government funds to create programs that find jobs for the unemployed, a...




Job Network undervalues help for the least skilled, Canberra Times, 7 May 2008
The 10-year-old Job Network is in need of an overhaul because it undervalues jobs by failing to help Australia's most disadvantaged...




Rudd builds his link to the people, The Age, 18 April 2008
Kevin Rudd's speech to the Sydney Institute on Wednesday night was the most important of his prime ministership so far. It is no exaggeration to say...




Four reasons why we lack the means to crack the big ideas, 4 April 2008
When it comes to the international community of ideas, Australia has been sitting on the sidelines for a decade, unwilling to offer a fresh,...




Economic Outlook, Life Matters, Radio National, 18 December 2008