economy

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.