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

Alan Austin

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

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Company profits rocket skyward

December 8, 2017 10 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

Has Scott Morrison had his worst month since becoming Treasurer?

The 20 most economically embarrassingly statistics for the government

October 27, 2017 6 Comments

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 Comments

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.

Australia’s net worth in the doldrums despite global boom

October 17, 2017 8 Comments

Australia’s net worth tumbled in the two years Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey were PM and treasurer -- by a staggering $114.6 billion. It has collapsed by a further $76.2 billion since Turnbull took over.

Our leave entitlements have dropped to lowest point in years

October 12, 2017 13 Comments

Australian workers are suffering from declining entitlements, despite record corporate profits and high commodity prices.

The US economy, like so much else in America, is doing poorly under Trump

October 4, 2017 3 Comments

Trump's economic shortbus trundles along, but just barely.