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Essential: voters souring on the economy, prefer local surrogacy

Voters aren’t happy with the overall direction of the economy, and don’t buy the government’s claim that the budget will be good for jobs.

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Economy coming off the boil as Stevens sets things straight for the markets

The economy is losing steam in the second quarter of the year, and the budget didn’t help. But RBA governor Glenn Stevens says interest rates will be steady for a long time to come, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Tasmania wakes to a new era — now comes the hard part

The Liberals have won the Tasmanian election after a long time in the wilderness, consigning Labor and the Greens to history. Here are the biggest challenges they face this term …

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Ask the economists: will the loss of car-making drive us to recession?

With Toyota announcing it will cease Australian operations, the age of car manufacturing in Australia is over. Crikey media writer Myriam Robin and SmartCompany journalist Yolanda Redrup ask the experts what the impacts will be.

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WA economy leads, but other states catching up

Commsec’s State of the States report shows two very different parts of the country leading in growth, writes Yolanda Redrup.

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Essential: we’re ignorant on debt, and blame the government

A week out from what is expected to be a deficit budget, Essential asked voters their views on public debt. We’re pretty ignorant, and we blame the government for what we see as a problem.

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Essential: how determined are voters to throw Labor out? Very.

Voters on average expect a Coalition government to be worse for them, but still want to throw Labor out.

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Singapore’s rising xenophobia, falling birth rate, spells trouble

Singapore is well known for its economic and financial successes, and for its tough line on crime. But it’s reputation is taking a battering at the moment — and foreigners may be collateral damage.

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IMF trims global forecast, but news still good in Asia

A small trimming of the IMF growth forecast was down to the eurozone contracting instead of growing. That hardly justifies the tone of some of the stories. It’s a tiny tidying up, the smallest bit of forecasting housekeeping you can have.

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Tale of two Australias, one disconnected from reality

There’s the Australia that exists in reality. Then there’s the second Australia, created by the media and the public imagination. Which one do you live in?

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Confecting cataclysms to score political points

The same myths keep getting peddled by critics of the Australian economy desperate to find something to bag the government for, write Crikey’s Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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‘Hoary economic chestnuts’ doom Australian economy

The latest foreign-sourced criticism of the Australian economy reflects an outdated and resentful view from the northern hemisphere.

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Our long winter of inexplicable economic discontent

Voters’ discontent is a key feature of the current political landscape. Understanding its origins is crucial.

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Essential: signs of life in the Labor remains? And Kony…

Labor appears to be recovering some ground on the economy, but it remains a distant second to the Coalition.

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Why the RBA should hold fire on rates

The local and international economies aren’t as bad as many claim, and the RBA should hold off on cutting rates.

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Consumers open wallets wider, so why do we need to cut rates?

Can anyone explain why the Reserve Bank needs to cut interest rates, as quite a few economists, media writers and industry leaders say it will, either next month, or December?

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As the economy improves, Labor’s ownership of it deteriorates

The stronger the economy seems under Labor, the less Labor gets any credit for it. Labor should be pondering why and front and centre in any such inquiry should be Wayne Swan.

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Labor’s life is in foreign hands …

A gathering economic storm overseas may wreck Labor’s entire political strategy, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Abbott’s scorched earth (and brilliant) carbon pitch

Consumer confidence data suggests Tony Abbott’s strategy of talking down the economy is working brilliantly.

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Essential: voters increasingly gloomy about the economy

Voters are significantly more worried about the economy, according to today’s Essential Report. And the Coalition has stretched its already big voting intention lead.

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Australia can afford to have vision

As a nation we’ve never been better placed to tackle long term issues like health, our ageing population, transport, sustainability, communications, superannuation, climate change and the growing gap between rich and poor.

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Good question, prime minister

Julia Gillard has always been good at calling a spade a spade. And that’s exactly what she’s done in her letter to the Business Council of Australia today.

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Inconvenient labour data for the deregulationistas

February unemployment data shows more solid growth in the economy, and the forecast rise in industrial disputes hasn’t materialised.

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Everyone’s hoping this was a mere “bump in the road”

It’s in everyone’s interest to explain away today’s weak GDP figure as a one-off — in spite of nagging evidence that the economy outside the mining industry isn’t quite as strong as we’d all like to think.

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Pricing our 5% emissions target

While the debate over our emissions reduction target flares, the problem of how to meet it is the subject of a new report.

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