Alan Austin — Freelance journalist

Alan Austin

Freelance journalist

Freelance journalist with interests in news media, religious affairs and economic and social issues


Marriage equality pushes Australia up in democracy world rankings

February 1, 2018 3

Australia has moved up several places in The Economist's Global Democracy Index amid a tumultuous year for the region's powers.

Trump’s economy failing dismally to catch the global tailwinds

January 10, 2018 4

Trump's usual enthusiastic bellowing about economic progress under his administration belies the real danger of ignoring America's failure to keep step with the rest of the world.

Scott Morrison is cooking up porkie pies for Christmas

December 19, 2017 13

Budget on track to return to balance? Not bloody likely.

Company profits rocket skyward

December 8, 2017 10

Yet, despite profits at all-time highs, corporate taxes collected by the Turnbull government are at historic lows.

Rudd’s economic legacy, 10 years on

November 24, 2017 19

A decade ago, Kevin Rudd's Labor government pulled off a marvel that made Australia one of the most impressive economies in history.

US economy circling the drain

November 23, 2017 3

The US debt has shot up almost $65 billion in two weeks. These, and other numbers, are raising eyebrows among observers.

Cash-strapped Aussies buying less as wages, retailers languish

November 6, 2017 17

The Australian Retailers Association responded with undisguised alarm to the latest figures.

How the states are making Scott Morrison pay for his failing performance

October 31, 2017 5

Has Scott Morrison had his worst month since becoming Treasurer?

The 20 most economically embarrassingly statistics for the government

October 27, 2017 6

The ABS is facing huge staff cuts. In honour of the good work the ABS has done over the years, here are 20 of its most devastating stats.

Michaelia Cash’s jobs figures don’t add up

October 20, 2017 6

The Employment Minister tends to boast impressive figures in her monthly report on jobs growth, but just a little digging turns up a lot of fool's gold.