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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 11 UNLOCK?

Time for IR reform advocates to put up or shut up

The Productivity Commission’s inquiry into industrial relations is an opportunity for business to produce hard evidence about the problems of a system that appears to be serving Australia well, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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GLENN DYER | ECONOMY | 3 UNLOCK?

What falling oil prices will mean for the RBA’s next rate decision

As the world’s economies struggle to cope with falling oil prices, what will Australia’s central bank decide to do?

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China’s economic slowdown is bad — and it’s only going to get worse

Anyone depending on Chinese demand for resources (like, say, Australia) should be very worried about the quickly decelerating growth in the Chinese economy.

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GLENN DYER | ECONOMY | 6

How low-income earners could save Joe Hockey’s neck

Low-income earners could be the key to a stronger economy if they spend the benefit of a fall in oil prices.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 33 UNLOCK?

Coalition’s crony capitalism makes communication harder

The Coalition’s economic agenda is straightforward crony capitalism. No wonder they can’t explain it to voters.

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PADDY MANNING | ECONOMY | 56

‘Catch-22′ — the paradox of peak oil in a volatile market

So long as economic growth is dependent on fossil fuels, we will suffer the gyrations of an increasingly volatile oil market.

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PADDY MANNING | ECONOMY | 9

Watchdog or Lapdog: why did financial journos fail to see the GFC coming?

Almost none of Australia’s business journalists sounded notes of caution in early 2007. How did they get it so spectacularly wrong?

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PADDY MANNING | ECONOMY | 6

Watchdog or Lapdog: why should you read the business pages?

Now that the dust has settled on the global financial crisis, we have to ask ourselves: is our business press holding the powerful to account? Is it more watchdog or lapdog? And what is the point of business journalism, anyway?

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Business as usual not enough in a disappointing MYEFO

With deficits as far as the eye can see, the government needs to work out how to encourage business investment. Crikey writers Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY |

MYEFO by the numbers: economic rocks ahead

Treasurer Joe Hockey has unveiled a serious deterioration in revenue in the latest budget update.

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GLENN DYER | ECONOMY |

Shush, gloomsters, our jobs figures are better than you think

The unemployment rate is slightly up, and that puts doubt on predictions of a rate cut.

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MEL CAMPBELL | ECONOMY |

So, you think you’re middle class …

With almost 93% of Australians identifying as middle class, we need to start talking about the c-word.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ECONOMY |

Evolve ore die — the grim future of Australia’s steel industry

The latest trade figures from China are in — and it’s not good used for our beleaguered Treasurer.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY |

After five years of waiting, Murray delivers (some of) the goods

Long in the making, the Murray inquiry is a worthy successor to previous financial sector inquiries, and Joe Hockey deserves credit for it.

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Murray serves up a super headache for govt

In calling for an end to SMSF borrowing, the Murray Inquiry has given the government a headache over a sector that is part of the Liberal constituency, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | ECONOMY |

Mayne: Andrews’ unsustainable promises could cost Victoria its AAA rating

The Labor Left is very good and making costly promises, but will it be able to keep them without breaking the bank?

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY |

Joe’s economic story just doesn’t add up

Voters aren’t buying Joe Hockey’s economic narrative. It could be because it just doesn’t stack up.

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ECONOMY |

The R-word rears its ugly head

Talking about recessions will have a similar impact to the government’s budget rhetoric, which helped deliver two quarters of poor economic growth, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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ECONOMY |

Anaemic GDP growth is awful news for Hockey

A weaker-than-expected GDP figure shows a slowing economy that will put yet more pressure on the Treasurer’s beleaguered budget. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY |

Abbott tries to hit reset but Hockey’s critics can smell blood

The Prime Minister has given ground in an effort to get an end-of-year win but his Treasurer is badly wounded.

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ECONOMY |

It’s not just iron ore and coal — tumbling commodities will hurt Hockey

Falling commodity prices and even bond rates will undermine the government’s budget planning, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY |

Nuclear: the power source for innumerates and socialists

Nuclear power is a ludicrously uneconomic industry and now more than ever. But conservatives continue to obsess over it.

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ECONOMY |

Engineers: the canaries in the economic coal mine?

Engineers are supposed to be the engine drivers of an economy. But after 37 years in the sector, Geoff Eaton is struggling to find work. And he’s not alone.

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Dollar and China will drive a switch in RBA thinking

Weakening growth won’t shift the Reserve Bank’s thinking on interest rates as much as the strength of the dollar and how the Chinese property market fares, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY |

China FTA a win for the govt, but not the economy

A free trade agreement with China is unlikely to yield significant economic benefits, and we’d be better off simply liberalising our economy.

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