economy

economy June 18, 2022

The week the energy crisis hit home

This week, the need for the new Albanese government to fix the mess it has inherited became personal for millions of Australians at the mercy of a failed energy market . The threat of blackouts and of freezing in their homes in the middle of one of...

economy June 11, 2022

Never let a good gas crisis go to waste

Can you imagine our governments encouraging our food producers to export all their product even if it meant Australians would go hungry? Our local butcher tells us it’s a very real consequence of live animal exports, that reducing the availability...

economy June 4, 2022

The RBA risks bursting the household debt bubble

In many ways, the economy is a poisoned chalice for the incoming Labor government. So much for the Coalition’s boast of being “better economic managers” – perhaps they were just better economic manipulators. The easing of insolvency and bankruptcy...

economy May 7, 2022

Reality television for the smart kids

Last Saturday I was attending a dinner to celebrate John Coates’ 32-year term as president of the Australian Olympic Committee. With no disrespect, my mind wandered off a little during a line of high-profile speakers. The governor-general, alongside...

defence April 30, 2022

Everything is going up, except Morrison’s chances

With three weeks to go, one thing is crystal clear: this is not a re-run of the 2019 election campaign for Scott Morrison. The prime minister is at best treading water; a more apt description might be that he is taking it. What we have seen in the...

economy April 30, 2022

Morrison focuses on the economy at the expense of workers

The essence of Scott Morrison’s so-called marketing strategy for the election campaign is to attempt to control the narrative by creating doubts and even fear about the alternatives. Hence the themes “who do you trust to manage the economy?” and “...

media April 23, 2022

‘Just so nasty and dirty and people hate it’

Scott Morrison has much more to fear from the prospect of a hung parliament than Anthony Albanese. That’s because he is so much further away from the agendas being run by the slew of independents who have a real chance of being elected. At the end...

economy April 23, 2022

Scott Morrison is being economical with the truth

The Australian voter deserves better than a demeaning and trivialising gotcha campaign, driven mostly by the agendas and biases of the media and ignoring the principal policy issues that will confront and dominate the next government. It is...

economy April 9, 2022

‘They know he’s a bullshitter’

Last week, on budget day, lobbyists, business people, party loyalists and donors flew to Canberra from around the nation for the first presentation without Covid-19 restrictions at Parliament House in three years. Government supporters and branch...

environment April 2, 2022

The power behind the drone

It has been said that the future is not a destination. It can and should be created. Clearly, we can’t change the past; but we can learn from it. Surprisingly, our governments don’t seem to learn from experiences such as the pandemic and natural...

economy March 26, 2022

Can Morrison buy his way back into office?

Talk about mixed messages on the economy. The government deliberately politicised the budget by moving it forward to March 29, so it could be delivered before a May election, and having set aside $16 billion in the most recent midyear economic...