economy

economy June 6, 2020

Daniel Andrews and China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Victoria’s participation in China’s $US1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative has attracted widespread criticism and created conflict between the state and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

economy June 6, 2020

Treasurer concedes recession

While Josh Frydenberg admits Australia has slid into its first recession in 29 years, he maintains government stimulus can spark a recovery.

economy May 30, 2020

Economic fallout of the $60b JobKeeper error

As the government tries to justify how its JobKeeper forecast was out by $60 billion, two economists who questioned the initial figures explain what might be next for Australia’s economy.

economy May 30, 2020

How Covid-19 will change cities

With Covid-19 restrictions easing, plans are afoot to revitalise Australia’s city centres, even though international students and office workers may never return in the same numbers.

education May 23, 2020

The end of the university boom

International students created a gold rush for higher education in Australia, but in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, universities will need to shrink in order to survive.

economy May 23, 2020

Failings in foreign investment oversight

Amid escalating trade tensions with China, questions are being raised about the proper scrutiny of foreign investment in Australia.

ir May 23, 2020

Finding agreement on economic fix

While Scott Morrison drops hints about a deal with the unions to boost Australia’s economy, the unions say a modern Prices and Incomes Accord is not on the table. But one of the original scheme’s architects, former ACTU boss Bill Kelty, has a plan of his own.

immigration May 16, 2020

We feed you

While the Covid-19 lockdown has affected us all, none have been as profoundly impacted as the migrant workers living in Australia with few protections – if any at all. Illustrations by Tia Kass.

law & crime May 16, 2020

Parliament bypassed for Covid-19 legislation

Even Coalition MPs are calling for increased scrutiny of legislation rushed through in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

dance May 9, 2020

The collapse of Carriageworks

With the Covid-19 lockdown forcing Sydney arts precinct Carriageworks into voluntary administration, the embattled cultural sector is bracing for worse to come.

business May 2, 2020

The real reason our shelves were empty

Australian supermarkets are vulnerable to shocks, as lockdown panic buying showed, but the government has known about these weaknesses since at least 2012.