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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 1 UNLOCK?

Slow-lane economy needs all the help it can get

The Australian economy continued its poor performance in the December quarter, but it’s what lies ahead that is driving the Reserve Bank to cut rates.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 10 UNLOCK?

Hockey’s intergenerational partisanship risks sensible debate

By turning the Intergenerational report into an attack on Labor, Joe Hockey will wreck the value of a report designed to facilitate sensible long-term debate, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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ECONOMY | 14 UNLOCK?

A simple solution to halve the national debt (who likes birthday presents anyway?)

The sky is falling! Australia’s debt-to-GDP ratio could cross the 100% threshold! Heavens to Betsy! But don’t worry, economist Tom Westland has an elegant plan to save the Australian economy.

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ECONOMY | 1 UNLOCK?

Business bites: Myer’s new CEO … petrol won’t say low … Buffett has a real go …

China’s economy continues the slow march. And other business tidbits of the day.

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ECONOMY | 1 UNLOCK?

Investment collapsing, wages stagnating. Other than that, all’s well …

Business investment is collapsing, with no sign of a replacement for the mining investment boom, while wages stagnate, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 15 UNLOCK?

Attack-mode Abbott raises the tariff walls against foreigners

Tony Abbott is now incapable of any response to policy issues other than attack. Now he’s turned his sights on foreign investment.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 18 UNLOCK?

Direct Action is ‘intergenerational theft’ — just ask Peter Costello

Climate change is the ultimate form of intergenerational theft — and Joe Hockey is making it worse.

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GUY RUNDLE | ECONOMY | 4 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Greece gives Germany the finger and hunkers down for the blitz

Greece has decided to stick it to the EU and extend its current loan arrangement. Germany says “nein”. Who will blink first?

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ECONOMY | 10

The 20% solution: a first step in fixing super tax concessions

A first step in making superannuation tax concessions fairer would be to align the super tax rate with the average tax rate.

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ECONOMY | 11

No more low-hanging fruit for economic reform, but bold opportunities await

There are plenty of economic reform opportunities that don’t come with political pain, if politicians, commentators and business are prepared to look for them, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 14

Keane: sorry, but ‘reform’ ain’t dead

The claim that the ability of governments to reform is dead is wrong — voters will back even complex reforms if they understand the benefits.

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Business Bites: Rio whines … Apple shines … QE refined …

Don’t believe the doom and gloom, Rio Tinto is doing just fine. And other business tidbits of the day.

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ECONOMY | 12

Unemployment lurches up while government navel-gazes

A big rise in unemployment reflects concern that the economy is softening while the government is focused on its own problems, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 13

Abbott fights the tender war, while xenophobes hover

Tony Abbott jokes about Russian submarines, but his war on foreign investment is very real.

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Business Bites: investor splurge … CBA’s surge … oil price dirge …

How much should banks be lending for investment properties? And other business tidbits of the day.

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Business Bites: Bradken on its knees … Lovisa’s profit spree … China feels squeeze …

Metals processor Bradken prevaricates while reporting a $92.6 million loss. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 25

Vultures circle Joe as he lashes out at Treasury

Joe Hockey is struggling to keep his job and is clinging to a budget now abandoned even by his leader.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 34

Five things Abbott can do to help the economy and his government

Despite claims that the cause of reform is lost, there are some things Tony Abbott can do that will be both good policy and good politics.

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ECONOMY | 9

Economic ‘green shoots’ vanishing fast despite Abbott’s spin

The Prime Minister’s claims about the economy are clearly contradicted by the Reserve Bank’s decision to cut interest rates. It’s time he was honest with voters, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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ECONOMY | 1

Business Bites: China slows … US grows … Abbott’s woes …

China’s economy slumps in line with falling commodity prices. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 10

Reserve Bank downgrade makes choice of treasurer crucial

The Reserve Bank has downgraded its forecasts for the Australian economy, showing why it’s critical that a new treasurer be someone voters can trust, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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PADDY MANNING | ECONOMY | 9

Where are all these jobs Abbott is supposedly creating?

Tony Abbott is right to say the government is creating 4000 jobs a week. But are they real jobs, and are they in the areas Australia needs?

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ECONOMY | 37

Joe must go: Hockey is harming the economy and undermining the RBA

Joe Hockey has damaged the independence of the Reserve Bank and left the economy in trouble as bad times loom, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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ECONOMY | 3

RBA’s ‘prudent course’ dumped in Tony and Joe’s economic mire

The Reserve Bank’s panic move to reverse course on interest rates demonstrates how much impact the goverment’s woes have had on the real economy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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ECONOMY | 26

Remember Labor’s ‘skyrocketing debt’? The Coalition’s is much worse

The “grown-ups” of the Abbott government were big on rhetoric but not so big on delivery when it came to reducing the debt. Freelance journalist Alan Austin runs the numbers.

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