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.

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.

economy 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.