economy

economy May 14, 2022

What the Coalition is promising

The Coalition is targeting wealthy retirees in an attempt to secure another ‘miracle’ election win. But its policy platform contains little substance beyond the purchase of votes.

economy April 30, 2022

The inside story of Labor’s election promises

In drawing up its plans for the election, Labor gave up on looking for policies to offset spending. Neither side is pretending it has a plan to pay for what it promises.

economy April 9, 2022

Fact check: Frydenberg’s record employment figures

As Josh Frydenberg outlined the lowest unemployment figures in almost half a century, he failed to note that the increase in jobs had been accompanied by a decrease in real wages.

resources March 19, 2022

Angus Taylor’s $3.5 billion carbon blunder

A decision by Angus Taylor to open up the market for carbon credits has made it cheaper for companies to pollute and has transferred billions in value to the private sector.

resources March 12, 2022

How will oil shock affect the Australian economy?

In two years, oil has gone from negative prices to huge highs – part of a rising inflationary shock not seen since the 1970s.

resources March 5, 2022

Revealed: Energy companies turn on Angus Taylor

Following revelations the Morrison government pressured AGL to sack its last chief executive, energy companies have increasingly isolated Angus Taylor.

resources February 5, 2022

The Joe Biden adviser living in Wollongong

Saul Griffith, a former climate adviser to Joe Biden, has moved home to Australia. He argues policy changes made here could accelerate the world’s transition to renewables by 10 years.

health January 22, 2022

Tracing the ‘nightmare’ reality of the shadow lockdown

As supply chains collapse, government policies have created a situation where as much as 40 per cent of the trucking and freight workforce has Covid-19.

health January 15, 2022

Let it rip: the week it started to fall apart for Morrison

A cascading series of crises, across various sectors, has undone any pretence that the government is managing the pandemic.

health January 8, 2022

‘This is just about politics’: Scott Morrison redraws the pandemic

The prime minister believed the reopening of NSW would mark a swing in positive sentiment. He is now rushing to cover testing failures and redefine close contacts and hospital admissions.

resources December 18, 2021

Strange forces holding back the economy

A cascade of curious shortages – from pallets to shipping containers to urea used in fuel – is complicating the government’s positive economic outlook.