Alan Austin — Freelance journalist

Alan Austin

Freelance journalist

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

July, 2018

Why are Aussie retailers missing out on the global boom?

, Jul 12, 2018

It's not looking good for the Australian retail sector as numbers slip back towards GFC levels of growth.

How the global media covered Archbishop Philip Wilson’s conviction

, Jul 06, 2018

Media outlets from across the world covered Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson's landmark conviction for concealing child sexual abuse.

Aussie household incomes take another hit despite the boom

, Jul 03, 2018

The pattern of Australia's household income asks an interesting question: is it worse to have a financial crisis or a Coalition government?

Correcting Scott Morrison’s falsehoods on the Australian economy

, Jun 27, 2018

The Treasurer's press releases are packed with incorrect assertions about Australia's economic dominance, falsehoods about tax relief and deflections from the government's financial incompetence -- and that's just in the last month.

Australia’s economic ‘surge’ isn’t as great as the media claim

, Jun 12, 2018

Last week, Treasurer Scott Morrison preached, with the fervour of a televangelist, Australia's modest 3.1% economic growth. And the mainstream media lapped it up.

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

, May 04, 2018

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 01, 2018

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?

, Apr 04, 2018

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

, Mar 29, 2018

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?

, Mar 28, 2018

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.