Tom is an Arts student, a fact he reminds his Commerce-studying ESSA friends of on an irritatingly regular basis. He is majoring in Economics, to which he is attracted because it provides an indispensable analytical framework for thinking about public policy (read: unhealthy obsession). He joined ESSA because he wanted to promote intelligent, informed debate amongst students, ESSA’s primary aim.
When he isn’t writing profiles about himself, Tom can usually be found eating but rarely humorous. He suspects you read that sentence twice. He is also the Education and Academic Affairs Officer at the University of Melbourne Student Union.
‘”Twas the night before MYEFO, when all through Canberra…”
Tom Crowley explains why Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull might get a nasty surprise this Christmas.
A fiery first presidential debate has just concluded over in the United States. After 90 memorable minutes, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton left the stage leaving millions with lots to consider. Tom Crowley provides his hot take on the debate.
Tom Crowley and Sam O’Connor kick off ESSA’s post-election coverage
Tom Crowley surveys the landscape in the Lower House after a tumultuous election night.
So, after 8 weeks of gaffes, selfies and high-vis vests, the moment of truth has finally arrived. Tomorrow, Australians cast their vote to decide our political future (at least for the next few months, before our traditional mid-term ministerial mutiny). Over the last 24 hours, ESSA has brought you comprehensive coverage on this election’s big […]
Andrew Wong examines Industrial Relations, and in particular Penalty Rates
Tom Crowley compares Labor, the Coalition and the Greens on higher education policy.
Tom Crowley, Chief Editor The government has spoken ad nauseam in recent weeks about the need to ‘live within our means’, and has insisted time and again that we have a spending problem. This budget proves those slogans are all spin, no substance. The spending measures in this budget exceed the revenue measures by only […]
As expected, the 2016-17 budget has offered up a personal income tax cut, timed to take effect on July 1, the day before the election. The government announced in today’s budget that it would increase the middle income tax bracket (that is, the income level at which taxpayers move from 32.5% marginal tax rate […]
The budget contained a significant number of changes to the taxation of superannuation, in some cases going further than had been indicated. The changes have the net effect of increasing the progressivity of superannuation tax, whilst also providing a substantial boost to government revenues. Amongst the changes that target high-income earners: The income […]
A centrepiece of the Treasurer’s speech tonight was the announcement of a new program to help young Australians into jobs. The program, branded “Youth Jobs PaTH” (Prepare, Trial, Hire), was advertised as “not just another training program”. The budget papers go into more depth about the detail of this proposal. At its heart […]
The future of higher education will be determined after the election