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News June 06, 2015
Wayne Swan’s focus on wages
As the US applauds the success of Australian economic policy, former treasurer Wayne Swan is sitting on a commission that may yet become a ginger group for Labor.
News May 23, 2015
BHP and Rio Tinto dictate terms to the Abbott governent
Twiggy Forrest’s failed bid to reset the iron ore price inadvertently shows who really tells the Abbott government what to do.
News May 30, 2015
Alcoa closes Anglesea mine as Hazelwood inquiry reopens
The closure of Anglesea’s small coalmine is a test run for an industry facing tightening emission and rehabilitation standards, and the reopening of the inquiry into the Morwell fire.
News May 16, 2015
Why the Abbott government wants Bjørn Lomborg’s Consenus Centre
Covert negotiations, whispered announcements and an awkward about-face reveal a political agenda behind reaching consensus.
News May 09, 2015
The hashtag crusaders
How does 'clicktivism’ stand up against the old-fashioned footslog of offline campaigning?
News May 02, 2015
Negative gearing’s social carnage on low-income earners
How tax breaks for investment properties have created a housing affordability crisis while lining the pockets of those least in need.
News April 25, 2015
Western Australia’s brazen call for more GST money
WA's treasurer, a former IPA economist, epitomises the hypocrisy of the state’s special pleading for a bigger share of GST revenue.
News April 18, 2015
Resources bust worse thanks to Howard–Costello
As Hockey finally acknowledges the budget’s revenue problems, there are serious questions about whether resources will ever boom again.
News April 11, 2015
Taxation, inequality and the wealth gap
The tax debate has raised the ongoing issue of Australia's underlying inequality.
News April 04, 2015
ALP struggles for relevance as unions further wither
With the ALP gradually losing the hearts and minds of many of its rusted-on faithful, the party must prove that it actually believes in something in order to survive.
News March 28, 2015
Govt acts to reassure World Heritage committee on Reef
New government measures to preserve the Great Barrier Reef are more about protecting the ‘brand’ than admitting any environmental mismanagement.
News March 21, 2015
Christopher ’The Fixer’ Pyne’s bid to deregulate uni fees
He calls himself a ‘fixer’ but Christopher Pyne’s achievements heading the Coalition’s education portfolio have done nothing to support this school of thought.