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Ben Eltham

Ben Eltham | Gillard’s Cabinet Rejig Settles Her Debts

This article originally appeared in New Matilda here. Only a fortnight ago, it seemed as though Labor would end the year on a roll. The talismanic carbon tax legislation had passed the lower house,...

Ben Eltham | Mining Boom Blasts Jobs

First Qantas, now BlueScope. These big job losses have nothing to do with the carbon tax and everything to do with high commodity prices. Ben Eltham on the other consequences of the mining boom....

Ben Eltham | Picking Through the Scraps of Budget Arts Funding

The 2011 federal budget contained some modest announcements for the arts and culture. In the Arts portfolio, the government delivered on its 2010 election promise for $10 million over five years in new grants...

Australia's Green Economic Potential

Australia’s Green Economic Potential | OCCASIONAL PAPAER

Australia’s Green Economic Potential – a CPD Briefing Paper This briefing paper puts some of the issues covered in the United Nations Environment Program’s Green Economy Report in an Australian context and provides...

Time For A Lesson On Schools Policy?

It’s about time the schools funding debate was re-opened, writes Ben Eltham, because on any analysis, the current situation is a mess

Act now, or the planet pays later.

CPD Fellow, Ben Eltham asks, can the world really face up to the full challenge of climate change? Right now, he writes, you’d have to say no.

Defending Australia? More like boxing at shadows

Ben Eltham says that while we may have a new defence minister in John Faulkner, our thinking about defence is stuck in a bygone era

CPD Road Test: home savings accounts

The home savings accounts proposed by Labor and the Coalition will be expensive to maintain and won’t have much impact on housing affordability, write Ben Eltham and Anna Tweeddale.

CPD Road Test: australian technical colleges

Why keep two technical training systems on the road when neither is worthy of a pink slip, asks Ben Eltham.

Rethinking Australian foreign policy in a post-Bush world

Both sides are refusing to acknowledge that we will soon be faced with some very difficult strategic foreign policy challenges, writes Ben Eltham in Online Opinion.