Richard Denniss

is The Australia Institute’s executive director. His latest book is Big: The Role of the State in the Modern Economy.

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podcast August 25, 2022

Not getting paid enough? It’s not just a feeling

Today, executive director of the Australia Institute Richard Denniss on how Australian wages stagnated… and what the federal government could be doing to fix that.

News July 23, 2022

Joseph Stiglitz on how to make Australia richer

Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz discusses the bedrock of a fair economy, balancing freedoms and the role of government.

News June 11, 2022

Why the RBA’s interest rates rise won’t work

The Reserve Bank’s decision to raise rates will not substantially address inflation, as questions are asked about the bank’s role and its obligations to workers.

Comment May 07, 2022

Why the days of safe Liberal seats are almost over

“Here is one truth about this election: the Liberal Party is risking its future on a prime minister who likely doesn’t have one. After years of neglect, it should come as no surprise that many Liberal voters would be looking for an alternative.”

podcast March 21, 2022

Scott Morrison’s economic lies

Economist and contributor to The Saturday Paper Richard Denniss explains how economic language is used to trick voters.

Comment March 19, 2022

Morrison’s economic lies

“Scott Morrison lies about the economy all the time. He can’t help himself. He tells big lies about transitioning away from fossil fuels and small lies about the role of his office in the way grants are directed to marginal seats.”

Comment August 21, 2021

Scott Morrison is stuck

“Scott Morrison has an answer for everything and a solution for nothing. Like the neoliberalism of which his party was once so proud, he is all promise and no delivery. His press conferences have long been a masterclass in dictating the terms of debates, …”

Comment April 17, 2021

Coal’s fragile economics

“When Malcolm Turnbull was dumped last week from New South Wales’ Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy advisory board as quickly as he was appointed, the move shocked many people. Turnbull was dropped by his own protégé, the state’s Environment minister, …”

Comment February 13, 2021

The truth about Australia’s wages

“Like the dog that caught the car, Australian conservatives have succeeded in a decades-long quest to crush the bargaining power of unions and workers. And, in turn, they have succeeded in crushing average wage growth.”

Comment October 10, 2020

After the virus: Debt warranted

“This week’s budget marks a remarkable turning point in Australia’s economic and political debate. Fears of budget deficits and public debt have been replaced by fears of pandemic and mass unemployment. And I’m not talking about a skittish public …”

Comment August 01, 2020

The true cost of a traumatised nation

“Some economists in Australia are trying to force a debate about whether we ‘should’ let Covid-19 kill tens of thousands of people or ruin the economy and force millions of Australians into unemployment and poverty. What would you do? As a year 12 …”

Comment June 06, 2020

Unis must save staff not cash reserves

“It’s easy to avoid a hard question by simply saying the government ‘should’ provide more money to the universities. But there’s a long list of things the Morrison government should do: extend the JobKeeper payment to casuals and temporary residents; …”

Comment March 21, 2020

How Australia can avoid economic collapse in the wake of Covid-19

“For decades, Australians have been sold an imagined poverty. We have been told we need to ‘rein in’ government spending – that if we want to spend more on health or education, we will need to spend less on the age pension or childcare. But the reality …”

Comment February 29, 2020

The inequality of the superannuation system

“A part-time cleaner earning $18,000 a year will receive zero tax concessions for their compulsory superannuation contribution; meanwhile, a chief executive of a big bank can get tens of thousands of dollars every year in taxpayer support for their “retirement …”

Comment July 06, 2019

Money, votes and the ‘pendulum’

“What if money didn’t matter much in Australian politics? Clive Palmer just spent $53 million on ads for his United Australia Party and had zero candidates elected. And Jacqui Lambie won a senate seat having gone through a lot of shoe leather but spent …”