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ECONOMY | 19 UNLOCK?

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 | 23

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 | 1 UNLOCK?

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 | 10

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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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 | 6

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 | 6

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 | 34

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 | 1

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 | 7

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 | 24

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 | 14

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 | 62

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 | 16

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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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY |

Disastrous Japan GDP fails to follow G20 script

In a shock outcome, the Japanese economy has plunged into recession, casting doubt on the ambitious reform program of Shinzo Abe, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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G20 fails to deliver — but not for lack of Australia trying

The government was right to push for growth at the G20 summit but the minds of international leaders are no longer focused on the forum, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY |

Joe and Tony hold out against the economics of climate change

Opinion on whether climate change is a major economic issue is divided. Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey say it isn’t … everyone else says it is.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY |

Poor week for the government, but will Lambie make life easier?

As politics switches focus to the G20 and foreign visitors, the government’s woes continue.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY |

Xi-Obama deal leaves Abbott with nowhere to hide on climate

The climate action agreement between China and the US removes the assumption on which the Coalition’s entire contradictory approach to climate change is based.

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Government’s wages policy is making Hockey’s job harder

The government’s obsession with slashing wages will further undermine an already fragile revenue base, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Abbott’s ambitious China free trade agreement a decade in the making

If the Abbott government manages to secure a free trade agreement with China, it will be quite the diplomatic victory, writes The Mandarin journalist David Donaldson.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ECONOMY |

There’s only one agreement that matters at APEC — and it’s not with China

Australia is spruiking its forthcoming free trade agreement with China, but with China’s economy slowing, the FTA won’t make much difference.

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