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Bruce Preston

Economist

Bruce Preston is a professor of economics at the University of Melbourne.

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Should governments obsess about debt? Yes, say traditionalists. No, says the theory

With the world staring down possibly the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, do leaders need to rethink debt and stimulus?

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Let's get fiscal: we need a new road to recovery from this recession

A balanced budget does not ensure an economic recovery. Embracing austerity failed after the GFC and it will fail now.

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Is the government putting the wrong dollar-value on the cost of human life?

Putting a dollar value on life is difficult and uncomfortable, but the government's methods are flawed — and the consequences are huge.

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Hindsight is 20/20: how false narratives could hurt us going forward

Australia has been relatively successful in the fight against COVID-19. What comes next is the fight for the narrative.