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ECONOMY | 3 UNLOCK?

Don’t look now, but the govt just blew out the national debt

Two documents and a speech arriving within days of each other have belted Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison about the ears over government debt. Freelance journalist Alan Austin reports.

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JOSH TAYLOR | ECONOMY | 1 UNLOCK?

Pirates willing to pay for content: Essential

Those who illegally download content are also likely to subscribe to a paid streaming service, like Netflix.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | ECONOMY | 20

Slash spending to keep coveted credit rating, says Treasury chief

Treasury secretary John Fraser outlined Australia’s economic forecast at a speech last night.

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GUY RUNDLE | ECONOMY | 14

Rundle: with the silly season over, recession is coming

The West is now facing a whole series of new conditions that will prompt recession, on top of the financial system mayhem that triggered the last one.

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Turnbull is screwed either way on tax reform

Turnbull has inherited a party too damaged by the Abbott years to implement sensible tax reform, writes executive director of The Australia Institute Ben Oquist.

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GLENN DYER | ECONOMY |

Jobs growth strong at the end of 2015

Unemployment dips below 6%.

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Some simple maths to save the welfare state

Everyone calm down, writes economist John Quiggin, our generous welfare state is not going to bankrupt Australia.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY |

Beleaguered Morrison stuck repeating fiscal history

Scott Morrison faces the same challenge on revenue as Wayne Swan, but Swan was able to cut spending well below current levels.

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Chill out, the economy is fine

While business remains hesitant, there’s much to be positive about in the economy at the end of 2015 - especially on employment, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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JOSH TAYLOR | ECONOMY |

Is Bitcoin an Australian innovation? And can it be taxed?

Should Malcolm Turnbull start citing Bitcoin as well as the cochlear implant when talking about Australian innovation?

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What the Grattan Institute gets wrong about GST

GST is not the lowest-hanging fruit when it comes to tax reform, writes economist John Quiggin.

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JASON MURPHY | ECONOMY |

Martin Parkinson and the all-singing, all-dancing, all-economists public service

Why appointing an economist to the top job in Australia’s Public Service could backfire for Turnbull.

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Australia weathers the 2015 economic storm

A strong result for GDP in the September quarter shows the economy is performing better than many claim — but we’re still heavily dependent on commodities exports, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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JASON MURPHY | ECONOMY |

The secret cabal who are spending your money on whatever they like

The federal government takes secrecy surrounding the budget process very seriously. But the best policy-making is done in the open, with proper consultation.

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Chill out on that investment data

While business investment has been clobbered by the end of the mining boom, 2015-16 still looks to be a better year than expected, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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JOSH TAYLOR | ECONOMY |

Money, cash, whoa: Aussies won’t part with dollars and cents

Although most Australians have embraced credit and debit cards — along with cash-free payment apps — they are not ready to let go of cash.

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Unemployment down: the post-Abbott relief rally, or too good to be true?

There was a massive surge in employment in October, if you believe the Australian Bureau of Statistics jobs data, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY |

‘Tax reform’ a road to nowhere

While tax reform has become synonymous with economic reform under Malcolm Turnbull, it’s still unclear what exactly is the problem that is being addressed.

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Super tax concessions the lowest of low-hanging fruit

It’s time for Turnbull to pick the lowest low-hanging fruit of tax reform, writes executive director of The Australia Institute Ben Oquist.

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Forget broadening GST, it’s time to close tax breaks for the rich

If Turnbull really wants a fair tax system, he needs to look beyond GST, writes executive director of the Australia Institute Ben Oquist.

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RBA governor’s canny advice for Turnbull’s ‘agile nation’

In debates about tax, fairness, change, agility, we have to remember that it is not an “ideal world”, but one that will require accommodation and compromise.

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JASON MURPHY | ECONOMY |

How to raise the GST without screwing the poor

What if we told you there’s a way to broaden GST and make it fairer, too?

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GLENN DYER | ECONOMY |

Fruit prices up, veggies down, with no inflationary worries

The Bureau of Statistics said the most significant price rises this quarter were in international holiday travel and accommodation, property rates and charges and fruit.

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Turnbull fails debate, economics and science with dumb coal defence

Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t seem to understand the basic laws of the market — or the science of climate change, writes Dr Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute.

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HELEN RAZER | ECONOMY |

Check yo’self before you tech yo’self: Wyatt Roy and the new language of bullshit

Welcome to the New Bullshit.

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