economy

economy August 5, 2017

Family trusts and tax dodges

As politics comes to reckon with inequality, Bill Shorten’s former defence of discretionary trusts has morphed into a policy to more harshly tax them.

media July 29, 2017

The impact of public sentiment on the economy

More than ever, markets read between the lines, making volatile every pronouncement by the government or Reserve Bank.

resources June 24, 2017

Final chapter in Adani loan deal

While the dealings of the government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility remain shrouded in secrecy, pressure mounts over funding for the Adani rail line.

north america July 1, 2017

Growing homelessness in Washington, DC

As low-cost housing in America’s inner cities is routed by gentrification, and unemployment and feeble wage growth dogs workers, homelessness is booming – including in the nation’s capital.

resources June 17, 2017

The politics of the Finkel review

When Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg briefed Coalition MPs on the Finkel review’s recommendations for a clean energy target, all eyes were on Tony Abbott and his supporters.

immigration May 13, 2017

Scott Morrison budgets on turn-in from the world

As the treasurer squares up for a fight with the banks over a new levy, his budget finds its unifying theme in making an example of foreign money.

defence April 22, 2017

Trump’s message to China on North Korea

As Donald Trump toughens his rhetoric on North Korea, the implications for Australia and other neighbours are becoming clearer.

economy April 15, 2017

Housing affordability divides Turnbull and Morrison

Debate within the government about housing affordability underscores a rift between the prime minister and his treasurer.

economy April 1, 2017

What counts as rich now?

The refusal of politicians to define ‘rich’ plays to a social confusion about how well off people actually are.

economy March 11, 2017

The truth about house prices

The crisis in housing affordability traces back to John Howard’s actions half a century ago and the lack of political will since.

education March 4, 2017

Charting the war on young people

A suite of policy settings, from wage cuts to unaffordable education, shows the government turning its back on a generation.