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ECONOMY | 21 UNLOCK?

Wednesday’s GDP figures could spell the end of Hockey

Next Wednesday’s GDP numbers could be a disaster for Joe Hockey, with negative growth a distinct possibility, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Collapsing investment means business confidence needs a boost, pronto

Business investment and construction data suggests the economy is at real risk of stalling as the mining investment boom comes to a halt, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 16 UNLOCK?

Report shows how Abbott can become the real infrastructure PM

Infrastructure Australia says the biggest gap in the country is on road pricing. There’s only one way to fix it - for politicians to be brave.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 4

No new taxes to see here, just plenty of ‘loophole closing’

As the Netflix tax example shows, pretty much anything can be dressed up as “tax integrity” or “level playing field” or “loophole” if that’s how you want to portray it.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 15 UNLOCK?

Iron ore inquiry is populism from a fair-weather free-market friend

What exactly would an iron ore inquiry achieve other than satisfy the populist cravings of a government that once cheered on the big miners? Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 2 UNLOCK?

Essential: thumbs up for the budget, but no bounce for the Coalition

Voters like the 2015 budget much more than last year, but don’t think they’ll benefit and don’t think it will help with Australia’s “budget emergency”, today’s Essential Report shows.

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ECONOMY | 7 UNLOCK?

Kiwis move hard and fast on Auckland property bubble

The Kiwis have moved hard against a bubble in its biggest property market. When will Australian regulators do the same, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane ask.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 10

War on mums, war on China — all part of budget week games

The government’s attacks on working mothers this week managed to grab attention when it was hoping all eyes would be focused on small business handouts.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 4

Sluggish wages growth already undermining budget narrative

Sluggish wages growth is already undermining the budget’s growth forecasts — and the Reserve Bank’s too, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 10

Time for Liberals to admit they’re the party of big government

The Abbott government will not merely return Australia to the high-taxing years of the Howard government, it will exceed the Whitlam government in its spending.

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Business bites: dollar bites … airlines take flight … Saudi might …

OPEC is sticking it to US shale-oil producers. And other business tidbits of the day.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | ECONOMY | 2

Government commits billions to make Australia less safe

There is tonnes of money in the budget for “national security”, i.e. the ongoing alienation of Muslims.

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ECONOMY | 5

Govt to unemployed: get a job, ya bum, even if there are none

Why is the government so opposed to public-sector employment? Policy analysts and Governomics authors Ian McAuley and Miriam Lyons examine the government’s myopia.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 6

Multinational winners and grinners emerge from budget mayhem

Much of the benefit of the government’s budget handout to small business will flow into the bottom lines of companies being targeted for multinational tax avoidance, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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ECONOMY | 5

Business bites: El Nino’s impact doubles … stuck in a budget bubble … TPP in trouble …

Senior Abbott darlings will avoid having to answer sticky questions about the budget. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 23

What is the point of the Abbott government?

The 2015 budget might keep Abbott and Hockey in their jobs, but its failure to be either economically stimulatory or fiscally disciplined suggests the government isn’t really clear on its purpose.

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The numbers: 2015-16 budget at a glance

A cheat sheet of key stats and figures for the 2015 Australian federal budget.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 1

The Coalition is now the party of big government

The Coalition can no longer call itself the party of small government. The Abbott government’s path to surplus involves big spending, big deficits, and collecting more tax than Labor ever did.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ECONOMY | 2

The winners and losers: Hockey’s major spending and taxing initiatives

Refugees, the car industry and anti-vaxxers are the big losers in the budget. Winners include small businesses, childcare workers and pre-schoolers.

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ECONOMY | 1

Talk to the hand: Hockey is living in a budget fantasy land

Joe Hockey’s “do nothing” budget is better than his first “do harm” budget, but he still hasn’t tackled the big issues that face Australia in the wake of the mining boom, writes Australia Institute executive director and economist Richard Denniss

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ECONOMY | 1

Nothing but economic grey skies from now on

It’s easy to talk a good game about your “economic plan” lifting growth, but Australia is a fairly small boat in a pretty turbulent ocean. It’ll be tough sailing for a while yet, writes economist Tom Westland.

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SALLY WHYTE | ECONOMY | 3

Upping the chicken levy and looking for MH370: budget quirks and oddballs

Knights and dames don’t come cheap, and neither do chickens.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 8

Budget overview: a humiliating abandonment of fiscal rigour

Families? Check. National security hysteria? Check. Blaming everything on Labor, still? Check.

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ECONOMY | 15

Fantasy budget 2015: Bob Day pitches a ‘Country Broadcasting Corporation’

Family First Senator Bob Day envisages a future of small government, no ABC, and a dramatic reduction in the amount of interest paid on public debt.

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ECONOMY | 4

Fantasy budget 2015: close the tax loopholes

If economist and Australia Institute executive directorRichard Denniss were treasurer, he would stop giving subsidies to things we want to discourage, such as fossil fuels and binge drinking.

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