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Reserve Bank goes back to the bad old days

The Reserve Bank appears once again to be playing favourites by breaching its own communications policy on the direction of monetary policy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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CPI falls, but don’t expect a rate cut

Inflation in the December quarter showed a marked slowing, but it’s unlikely to lead to an interest rate cut, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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GLENN DYER | MARKETS | 4 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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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 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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STEPHEN MAYNE | MARKETS |

Mayne: thin-skinned Stokes’ blunders on display after failed bid to block biography

Kerry Stokes’ thin-skinned decision to meet biography with biography backfired spectacularly, with more of the media mogul’s private life before the public eye than ever.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

What’s the point of a tax debate when the miners run tax policy?

The government is entering a tax debate looking like the pawn of multinational mining companies. It is a dangerous position to be in.

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GLENN DYER | MARKETS |

Calm down, you can still afford your morning latte

Contrary to expectations, there has not been a dramatic shortage in the production of coffee, and predictions of $5 lattes were wildly exaggerated.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Government’s full-blown war on the internet is here at last

Data retention is central to the government’s crackdown on filesharing — illustrating how its war on the internet is driven by commercial interests.

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Copyright notice schemes won’t work and consumers will pay

Overseas experience shows copyright notice schemes don’t work — but they do cost consumers money.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

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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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 | MARKETS |

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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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 | MARKETS |

Cormann’s Medibank success reverses a run of privatisation duds

The successful sale of Medibank Private was important to show voters that privatisation can be better than it has been so often in the past.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Outbreak of entitlement confuses ABC critics

Critics of the ABC board’s decision on spending cuts think the ABC can be both national and efficient, when it can’t be both at once.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Keane: govt hoisted by its own FOFA petard

The government’s half-smart decision to try to sneak its repeal of FOFA through parliament has ended up costing it dearly.

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Mark Scott gets some gratuitous advice — from duds

The ABC isn’t short of gratuitous advice from its media rivals — despite the inept performance of the latter, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Essential: thumbs up for an FTA with China, though voters aren’t sure why

Voters back a free trade agreement but appear confused about who will benefit, this week’s Essential Report shows, while it seems partisanship affects how people view the asylum seeker issue.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

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 | MARKETS |

Surprise! It’s another good war for defence contractors

The share prices of the defence contractors benefiting from the war against Islamic State continue to surge.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | MARKETS |

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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Big business offers guide on how to be out of touch on taxation

Big business and its spruikers are out of touch on transnational tax avoidance — and it’s not just a matter of fairness, either, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Benign jobs report won’t suit the doomsayers

October jobs data shows the economy isn’t faltering, even if we treat the ABS’s numbers with caution, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Wounded Hockey faces a nasty choice on banks

The Murray Inquiry is likely to hand the government an invitation to a fight with the big banks — and Treasurer Joe Hockey is in no state to lead it.

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