Clare O'Neil on growth, fairness and power



The persistent gap between the rich and the poor has left many people disillusioned about how the economy and governments function. What does growth mean under these circumstances? Is it still useful to talk about a working class?

Labor MP Clare O'Neil takes on these questions and the policy questions they bear. She is a former mayor with a public policy pedigree, and has advised businesses in such disparate contexts as Wall Street and East Arnhem Land. In this episode, Clare is candid about her experience in politics, and what she thinks power is for.

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Fatima MeashamFatima Measham is a Eureka Street consulting editor. She co-hosts the ChatterSquare podcast, tweets as @foomeister and blogs on Medium.

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A truly remarkable interview for a silly old bugger like me. First, it is a long time since I have heard a politician express such genuinely liberal attitudes of the sort abandoned by the conniving conservatives bred by the likes of Howard. Second, it reminded me of the Australian Labor Party that I grew up in and abandoned when its socialism of love and concern for others was rubbished by the members of the Whitlam government and replaced with the socialism of hatred and attrition. Third, I was left with the hope that Clair O'Neil might join the party which is likely to achieve her dream, a dream which will never be achieved by the current brand of the Labor Party with its recalcitrant "us and them" attitude (far more ingrained than in the Liberal Party) and apparent belief that politics is about tribal warfare and protest rather than governing for all people. Please join the Liberal Party Miss O'Neil - that is where your dream is most likely to come to fruition for the benefit of all Australians.
john frawley | 08 March 2018

You cannot have a sensible discussion about anything in Australia unless you start with a discussion about the real unemployment figures which Penny Wong once said was around 20% plus or one vacancy for every twenty unemployed. So Claire how about it?
Marcus L'Estrange | 09 March 2018

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