economy

indigenous affairs April 21, 2018

The rise of homelessness and hunger

While the government remains focused on neoliberal solutions to inequality, homelessness and hunger worsen. Some in the sector wonder whether it is deliberate.

economy April 21, 2018

Morrison’s budget strategy stymied

Treasurer Scott Morrison’s plan to frame the coming budget as responsible investment was derailed this week by conflicting government messages.

rural April 14, 2018

The system driving live animal exports

The mass deaths of live exports are no surprise; they show an essential conflict in the priorities of a department shaped by Barnaby Joyce.

ir April 14, 2018

Wage theft and migrant workers

Gross underpayment of Australia’s migrant workforce has become institutionalised in a variety of industries, and with the Fair Work Ombudsman under-resourced and unions kept at bay, the government appears unwilling to address the problem.

economy April 7, 2018

Turnbull and the boomer racket

Malcolm Turnbull is promising his next budget will be a pitch to the boomer generation, serving only to deepen intergenerational inequality.

taxation March 31, 2018

Tim Storer’s stand on corporate tax

Tim Storer’s demands for broader reforms to corporate tax rates show the Senate newcomer to be a man not for turning.

education March 24, 2018

China could stop sending students

Signals from China that it may restrict the number of its students enrolling in Australian tertiary institutions have foreign-fee-dependent universities alarmed.

resources March 17, 2018

Trump’s trade war leaves Turnbull gun-shy

In declining to support international action against the new US steel and aluminium tariffs, Malcolm Turnbull damages our standing on trade.

economy February 17, 2018

Morrison’s pursuit of Trump economics

All the evidence suggests Treasurer Scott Morrison’s zeal to adopt Trump-style corporate tax cuts will not deliver increased investment and wage rises, but could create huge budget deficits in the future.

economy January 27, 2018

Big business chases industry super partnerships

After decades spent unchallenged as lenders of capital, the major banks find themselves rivalled by union-run superannuation funds. Now big business is going to the funds for investment.

economy 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.