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Tom Crowley

Tom Crowley

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.

MYEFO 2016-17: is the Government on the economic naughty list?

By · December 19th, 2016

‘”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.

The 1st Presidential Debate: A setback for the Donald?

By · September 27th, 2016

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.

Election Hangover: ESSA Explains

By · July 3rd, 2016

Tom Crowley and Sam O’Connor kick off ESSA’s post-election coverage

Australia Doesn’t Quite Decide: The House of Reps

By · July 3rd, 2016

Tom Crowley surveys the landscape in the Lower House after a tumultuous election night.


Election 2016: Unimelb Presidents’ Pitches

By · July 1st, 2016

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 […]

Election 2016: Industrial Relations

By · July 1st, 2016

Andrew Wong examines Industrial Relations, and in particular Penalty Rates

Election 2016: Higher Education

By · July 1st, 2016

Tom Crowley compares Labor, the Coalition and the Greens on higher education policy.

Budget 2016: ESSA Writers Respond

By · May 3rd, 2016

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 […]


Budget offers pre-election tax cut for incomes above $80,000

By · May 3rd, 2016

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 […]

Changes to arrangements for superannuation

By · May 3rd, 2016

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 […]

Budget introduces new pathway to employment for young job seekers

By · May 3rd, 2016

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 […]

Malcolm’s Gap Year: Higher Education in the Budget

By · May 3rd, 2016

The future of higher education will be determined after the election


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