economy

ir March 16, 2019

Wages growth lowest since WWII

With wages stagnating since the Coalition took office, Labor is hoping to make the election a fight on industrial relations – even if it doesn’t have solutions.

property December 15, 2018

The truth behind housing market forecasts

As the media, politicians and those with a vested interest scaremonger over the housing market, the reality is far less bleak – for those who aren’t renting, at least.

law & crime November 3, 2018

Tax benefits of legalising cannabis

According to figures requested by the Reason Party, legalising cannabis and personal drug use would generate millions of dollars in tax revenue and benefit an overwrought legal system.

law & crime December 1, 2018

Bank penalties disguised as charitable donations

As the banking royal commission’s hearings conclude, it can be revealed the banks have made $88 million in tax-deductable donations to avoid major penalties.

law & crime August 25, 2018

RBA caught in banknote fraud

In an embarrassing moment for the RBA, the Federal Court has ordered that the company formed to export Australia’s polymer banknote technology pay $65 million to an overseas agent defrauded of his commission.

resources July 21, 2018

Frydenberg’s energy battle over coal

Trying to broker agreement in the Coalition on the best action on climate change appears to be a Sisyphean task as supporters of coal maintain their pressure.

law & crime May 19, 2018

Cash economy under pressure

The government’s crackdown on cash transactions could not only change the way Australians spend, but also affect our overall privacy.

economy May 12, 2018

Gunning for an early election?

As Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison sell their ‘election’ budget, the prime minister is weighing up a poll that could be as early as August.

economy May 12, 2018

The truth about wage stagnation

While the government trumpets its jobs figures, it refuses to engage with wage stagnation. The truth is, nobody knows by what formula wages will go up again.

immigration May 5, 2018

Inside the ‘just add people’ dogma

Successive governments have maintained high levels of immigration to stoke the economy. The argument against this is growing, bringing together odd bedfellows.

economy May 5, 2018

Commonwealth Bank held to account

As the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority releases a scathing report on the conduct of Commonwealth Bank, a bandwagon-joining Scott Morrison calls for more heads to roll.