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Alan Austin

Freelance journalist

Alan Austin — Freelance journalist

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

Is the Coalition's gender inequality due to religion?

Is the Coalition's gender inequality due to religion?

So far under Scott Morrison, the Coalition's image as a no-girls-allowed, boys-rule cubby house has not improved. Could the new prime minister's religion have anything to do with this?

Who is Australia’s worst post-war treasurer?

Who is Australia’s worst post-war treasurer?

Hint: he could be our next prime minister.

Aussie retail sales growth hits an all-time low

Aussie retail sales growth hits an all-time low

This disastrous annual result is a blow to the retailers’ peak bodies, the mainstream media and the Turnbull government.

Why are Aussie retailers missing out on the global boom?

Why are Aussie retailers missing out on the global boom?

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

How the global media covered Archbishop Philip Wilson's conviction

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

Aussie household incomes take another hit despite the boom

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

Correcting Scott Morrison’s falsehoods on the Australian economy

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

Australia's economic 'surge' isn't as great as the media claim

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

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

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

Crikey answers the question the Business Council won’t

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.