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Michael Cooney

Michael Cooney is author of The Gillard Project.

He served as Speechwriter to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Policy Director to Federal Labor Leaders Kim Beazley and Mark Latham, and was the founding Policy Director of the progressive think tank Per Capita, where he has remained a fellow.  Since 2013 he has held a senior adviser position in the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. 

Articles by Michael Cooney (1)

  • Gillard, Obama and the progressive alliance

    Julia Gillard and Barack Obama formed a strong connection in office. This was no coincidence. In many respects, they are surprisingly similar politicians. Of course, they are not identical. On the occasion of the President's visit to Canberra in 2011, he and the Prime Minister were to deliver a joint press conference live during the commercial television news programs from 6pm.