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A chance to derail the Tories – weekly briefing

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 20/06/2022 - 7:39am in

Lindsey German on the RMT’s national strike and reaction from Paul Mason

‘This is just the start’: Workers back on the streets of London

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 19/06/2022 - 11:28pm in

Tens of thousands of workers marched through London in a defiant rallying of the labour movement and a show of determination to take on the Tories, reports Chris Nineham

Builders or wreckers – the contrast is stark

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The Coalition came to power in 2013 with the promise to wreck things and they didn’t disappoint. Labor had introduced a price on carbon that was working well.  It encouraged polluters to reduce emissions, investment in renewable energy, and research and development.  It gave money to farmers for carbon abatement.  Trade exposed industries were compensated…

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About “Boofhead”

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A person’s appearance is the most challenging thing to write about because one doesn’t want to be insulting. Nevertheless, when such things have a direct bearing on the electability of an individual, the writer needs to make a judgement. Many factors come into play when accessing one’s ability to lead, and I referred to them…

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Is there something in the air? - News from the Frontline

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Counterfire’s weekly digest with the latest on strikes and workplace struggles

CPD is hiring a Finance Officer

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Come and join the CPD team!

CPD is recruiting for an outstanding Finance Officer to join our growing team. This position is re-advertised.

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About the role

The Centre for Policy Development is looking for a Finance Officer to work closely with the Chief Operations Officer on day-to-day accounts management, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting for the organisation.  This role will play a key part in growing and developing our financial support function – ideas and creative thinking are very welcome!

This is a newly created role ideal for an early-career graduate who is looking to develop skills in the not-for-profit and public policy sector.  You will be joining a smart, energetic, dedicated team at an organisation with a collaborative culture that will foster your skills, build your career and broaden your horizons.

About CPD

The Centre for Policy Development is one of Australia’s leading independent policy institutes. Founded in 2007, we are a mission-driven organisation led by a dynamic CEO and distinguished Board of Directors, and we are seeking exceptional talent to join our growing team.

This is a full time role (0.8FTE may be considered) based in our Sydney CBD office. Remuneration for the position will be determined based on the experience of the selected candidate.  Other employee benefits include a flexible workplace, free barista coffee weekday mornings, great end-of-trip facilities.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Desire to improve financial systems, automation and reporting, and to contribute to continuous improvement of financial systems, processes and procedures.
  • Assist in drafting reports for CEO, Finance Committee and Board.
  • Processing payments, invoicing, receipts, payroll and month-end reconciliations of CPD’s accounts.
  • Assist with preparation and planning of annual budget and tracking and reviewing across the financial year.
  • Assist with the annual audit.
  • Assist with budgeting and financial reporting for research proposals and acquittals.
  • Perform financial analysis including forecasting.

Essential selection criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or relevant field.
  • Knowledge of financial regulations and accounting processes.
  • Experience with MYOB and/or Xero essential.

How to Apply

CPD is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace.  Our capacity to deliver real impact comes from a talented, collaborative team from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.  We strongly encourage applicants from a diverse range of genders, cultures, abilities and experiences to apply.

There is no closing date – suitable candidates will be interviewed as they apply.

Applications must be submitted to admin@cpd.org.au, and include:

  1. a cover letter (outlining your interest and suitability against this job description); and
  2. a short CV

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Previous applicants need not apply.

You can also download the position description as a PDF here.

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Energy Crisis: Coalition outlines proposal to mine the sun

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 17/06/2022 - 8:31am in

Refuting critics who say the Coalition is ideologically opposed to solar energy, Shadow Treasurer and former Energy Minister Angus Taylor has announced a new energy policy that would take advantage of the sun’s rich resources by opening it up to his friend’s mining companies.

In a media conference today, Taylor said the solution to the current crisis had literally been staring us in the face. “Solar has to be a central component of any energy solution. If we mine the sun properly, we could have energy for the next 50-60 years at least”.

He said to date people had misunderstood the sun’s potential. “The problem with the Green’s policy, and even Labor’s policy, is they obsess over the renewable nature of the product. But once you consider it a finite resource, all of a sudden it becomes very attractive as a profit-making venture, and that’s something we can get behind as a party”.

Under the proposed plan, licences would be provided to mining companies with strong experience in large-scale projects and even stronger connections to the Liberal Party.

Taylor dismissed concerns the mining activity could creating lasting damage to the sun. “Not at all. We’ll have very strict guidelines in place to ensure that the light and warmth from the sun is only minimally impacted – most of the time you won’t even notice the hole. Plus, as with all mining projects, we’ll ensure the companies involved have a slickly-produced advertising campaign featuring young women from diverse backgrounds in hard hats”.

The project is projected to create eleven new jobs.  

Stuck Nation - book review

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 17/06/2022 - 7:21am in

Robert Hennelly’s Stuck Nation is a vigorous and well-researched analysis of the exploitative and racist nature of US capitalism, but falls short of a convincing way to be rid of it, argues John Clarke

MEDIA RELEASE: CPD Welcomes Joint Commitment to Transform Early Education

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CPD Welcomes Joint Commitment to Transform Early Education

  • Announcements are a critical, long-term commitment to improve outcomes for children and families across New South Wales and Victoria
  • Demonstrates the opportunity and importance of collaboration for successful early childhood reform
  • Commitments represent a significant step toward implementing the universal entitlement outlined in CPD’s Starting Better report

Thursday 16 June 2022 – The Centre for Policy Development (CPD) welcomes today’s joint announcement that Victoria and New South Wales will introduce a universal preschool year as a critical systemic reform with major long-term benefits for children and families. This bipartisan, interstate collaboration is a leading example of the joint effort required between all governments to deliver early childhood reform across the nation.

The $9 billion and $5.8 billion packages in Victoria and New South Wales respectively will mean that over the next decade, every child in both states will experience a full year of play-based learning before they start school. 

The announcement extends Victoria’s existing 15 hours of three- and four-year-old kinder, to deliver 30 hours of fully subsidised play-based learning as a year of ‘pre-Prep’. Victoria has also committed to establishing 50 early childhood education and care services in areas with the greatest unmet demand.

New South Wales will move to establish a universal, five day a week ‘pre-Kindergarten’ year, with this investment following a suite of commitments by the New South Wales Government earlier this week. These announcements include the “Brighter Beginnings” package to expand child development programs, incentives for providers to offer more high-quality early childhood education and care places in areas of need, preschool fee relief, and investment in the early childhood workforce. 

These announcements come at a time of increasing momentum on early childhood reform across the nation, with the Commonwealth committed to ambitious investment and a universal child care guarantee. Other states and territories, such as South Australia and Queensland, have also made significant commitments. 

This represents a once in a generation opportunity for national, systemic early childhood reform along the lines of the national guarantee that CPD has been calling for as part of its Starting Better report. 

The Starting Better guarantee is a universal entitlement including free or low-cost high-quality early childhood education and care, more paid parental leave shared between parents, boosts to maternal and child health services, and greater integration of current services. 

Collaboration between all states, territories and the Commonwealth is crucial to building a holistic national early childhood system that meets the needs of all children and families. Tomorrow’s First Ministers meeting is a critical opportunity to put the national foundations in place for a universal entitlement for all children and families regardless of where they live.

Centre for Policy Development Senior Fellow and Co-Chair of the Early Childhood Development Council Leslie Loble said the commitments are holistic and necessary for young children and families across the states: 

“Early childhood is the launchpad for life, and introducing a universal year of high-quality preschool is a major step toward ensuring every young child and family has what they need to thrive, regardless of where they live or their families’ circumstances.”

“Starting Better showed that for early childhood reform to achieve significant outcomes, we need long-term vision and joint effort between all governments. CPD congratulates the New South Wales and Victorian Governments for leading bold collaboration to deliver an additional year of high-quality, universal early education.”

Centre for Policy Development Deputy CEO Annabel Brown said the announcement reflected the interstate collaboration that CPD’s research has identified as crucial for successful national reform. 

“We welcome today’s joint commitment as a major step in the growing momentum on early childhood reform across Australia, and encourage similar collaboration to continue between states, territories and the Commonwealth.”

“The meeting of First Ministers is an opportunity to build the foundation for a holistic national early childhood system. What we need now is a national plan that everyone can sign up to so that we build an early childhood system centred on what children and families need.”

“Working together across jurisdictions is absolutely vital if we want Australian children of today and tomorrow to flourish throughout their lives.”

MEDIA CONTACT: 

Georgia Wilkinson: georgia.wilkinson@cpd.org.au

+61 439578961

About the Centre for Policy Development 

The Centre for Policy Development is one of Australia’s leading independent policy institutes. Our core model is threefold: to create, connect, and convince. We create ideas from rigorous, evidence-based, cross-disciplinary research at home and abroad. We connect experts and stakeholders to develop these ideas into practical policy proposals. We then work to convince governments, businesses and communities to implement these proposals.

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Dutton empathises with Sydneysiders: “I know what it’s like to have no power”

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 16/06/2022 - 9:28am in

Opposition leader Peter Dutton has told households in NSW he knows what it’s like to have your power suddenly cut off after years of taking it for granted.

As NSW and other parts of the east coast struggled to meet energy needs, Dutton said he was uniquely qualified for the situation, having recently lived through a massive power outage. “It’s tough. One minute you’re running around organising au pairs for mates, the next thing you know you’re sitting on the opposition benches without your ministerial privileges”.

The Liberal leader said there were plenty of things households could try if they were worried about losing power. “Have you tried sending out a text message to millions of voters warning them of a boat of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka? Have you got in touch with your contact from the Daily Telegraph to run a scare campaign about trans kids? Have you tried fucking up a submarine deal? These are the things that I try when I’m desperately endeavouring not to lose power”.

New Prime Minister Anthony Albanese argued that he was actually better qualified for the situation. “I lived for nine years without power. And that was just when I was a kid growing up with a single mum in public housing”.

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