Alan Austin — Freelance journalist

Alan Austin

Freelance journalist

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


Psst Scott, here’s some some budget briefing notes if you need them

May 4, 2018 5

Could this be Scott Morrison's last chance to get the budget right? Here are some pointers on how he can achieve a strong surplus and begin rebuilding the nation’s crumbling wealth.

Crikey answers the question the Business Council won’t

May 1, 2018 14

Jennifer Westacott couldn't seem to name a country where company tax cuts have led to wage rises. Here are some notes that... won't help her at all.

Have other countries created jobs by cutting company tax?

April 4, 2018 6

Turnbull claims handing billions of dollars back to shareholders of the largest foreign corporations will encourage them to invest and generate more jobs. Is there any evidence this works?

Australia faces chin music from the watching world

March 29, 2018 5

Whether they're laughing or sharing our outrage, everyone is talking about us.

Just how far did the US economy deteriorate in Trump’s first year?

March 28, 2018 3

Despite all the trumpeting to the contrary, the US economy slid last year into rockier territory than anyone expected, and it's not clear when — or if — it will reverse.

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.

Australia’s net worth in the doldrums despite global boom

October 17, 2017 8

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

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

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

The economy continues to tank under Moz, but don’t worry, it’s only hurting workers and the needy

September 29, 2017 9

Corporations are getting away with ever more tax evasion while assistance to the needy, children and those on welfare continues to fall. Hats off to Scott Morrison and Joe Hockey.

Workers’ share of the pudding at an all-time low

September 22, 2017 10

What is transpiring now is quite bizarre: a sudden and apparently sustained collapse in workers’ share of wealth.