David Llewellyn-SmithOct 17, 201415 Comments
Contrary to the Abbott government's claims, flagged changes to the foreign worker 457 visa program won't be good for the Australian economy.
David Llewellyn-SmithSep 4, 20145 Comments
The Chinese building boom was unprecedented in scope and swiftness. The bad news? The bust will be of the same magnitude.
David Llewellyn-SmithAug 25, 20147 Comments
If Australia's esteemed economics experts are looking for a confidence problem, they shouldn't blame risk-averse businesses. The answer is much closer to home ...
David Llewellyn-SmithJun 30, 2014
John Laker leaves APRA -- and his long reign is heralded by some as a success. But don't forget the role of APRA in allowing a problematic foreign-borrowing before the GFC ...
David Llewellyn-SmithJun 23, 201413 Comments
You can cherry-pick the data to prove the case either way, but it seems The Australian's war on plain packaging is self-defeating in the face of evidence.
David Llewellyn-SmithJun 16, 20145 Comments
A confluence of three factors are converging on the Pilbara's iron ore mines. The result will be a once-per-century economic cyclone, and miners better batten down the hatches.
David Llewellyn-SmithMay 19, 20148 Comments
The waves washing over the Australian economy won't wipe us out in themselves. But the convergence of them this year could flood attempts to refloat the economy.
David Llewellyn-SmithMay 12, 20141 Comment
The outlook for Australia's iron ore producers is dour. That drags down our terms of trade, and suggests Joe Hockey's gloomy economic forecasts can be believed.
David Llewellyn-SmithMay 5, 201410 Comments
There's billions of dollars in Commonwealth funds going to waste in rorts across superannuation, negative gearing and salary packages. So why is that off limits when the government is looking for savings?
Apr 23, 2014
The Australian dollar isn't losing against commodity competitors but manufacturing and service economies. So how long will it last and can anything be done about it?