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Andrew Leigh — Shadow Assistant Treasurer

Andrew Leigh

Shadow Assistant Treasurer

Andrew Leigh is the shadow assistant minister for Treasury and Charities, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University.

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The ugly truth is that the numbers matter — and we are not getting them right

Australia is fighting blindfolded through a recession because the government refuses to measure and publish the figures that matter the most.

Men queue outside a Depression-era soup kitchen in Chicago. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

For some in Australia, unemployment is worse now than during the Great Depression

Can we really say Australia has "good" unemployment rate when 21% of Indigenous Australians can't find jobs?

The cast of <em>The Babysitters Club</em>, a 1995 movie based on Ann M. Martin’s iconic book series of the same name.

What babysitters have to do with our failing retail sector

Scott Morrison could learn a lot from a few parents looking for babysitters in America, and not just because his frontbenchers have a habit of spitting the dummy.

Upturning the Monopoly board: Australian consumers need company merger reform

Monopolies are increasingly forcing Australian consumers to settle for little choice, low quality and high prices. Tighter controls on mergers could flip the story.

Bill Shorten, Andrew Leigh and Tanya Plibersek (Image: AAP/Daniel Pockett)

A message for the 'cheer squad media'

Australia faces too many challenges for those in media and politics to fight in the daily battle of shielding friends and wounding enemies.