December 23, 2017
It’s all John Howard’s fault
A decade after the fall of the Howard government, Australia remains unable to escape or undo the insular and unfair policies it enacted.
December 2, 2017
How the rich are getting richer
While Treasurer Scott Morrison and the IPA say income inequality is falling, the number of Australians worth more than $50 million has grown by 30 per cent in a year.
law & crime
October 14, 2017
Housing affordability and tenancy laws
An upcoming Victorian byelection promises to have important implications for housing affordability nationwide.
December 2, 2017
The future of the Adani mine
Overwhelming public opposition to the Adani coalmine in northern Queensland tipped the scales in state election campaigning. But now that’s over, what influence does it have at a federal level and on the mine’s future?
September 16, 2017
Bundaberg, Australia’s Newstart capital
As the federal government plans to expand its cashless welfare card program to Bundaberg, the residents of Australia’s ‘dole capital’ say the problem is that there simply aren’t any jobs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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