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Jason Murphy — Journalist and economist

Jason Murphy

Journalist and economist

Jason Murphy is an economist and freelance journalist. He has worked at The Australian Financial Review and for the Republic of Nauru and the Australian Treasury. He blogs at Thomas the Think Engine.

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Crisis in higher ed looms as Chinese students pledge never to return to Australia

With an economic crisis looming, if foreign students stay away Australia is in big trouble.

Scott Morrison speaks during the launch of the 2020 DefenceStrategic Update  (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Does Australia's big defence spending actually make any sense?

We've reached our goal: defence spending is at 2% of the GDP. But don't celebrate yet — it's a pretty dopey target.

The Swan River in Perth (Image: AAP Image/Richard Wainwright)

Is it time for Aussie home buyers to go west?

Perth now has some of the cheapest property in Australia. Is 2020 the year to make the move?

The Amazon behemoth is finally starting to stir in Australia

It has taken years for Amazon to get a foothold in Australian retail, but the company is nothing if not patient.

Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

This zombie movie is becoming … a rom-com?

Zombie businesses have been of concern to economists, even before the pandemic. But RBA governor Philip Lowe says it's not a huge concern for him right now.

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Michał Parzuchowski)

JobEnder: the unemployment scheme that Australia should bet on

The odds are against the parasitic gambling industry being anything other than bigger and stronger and richer after the pandemic. We need a program that makes sure it won't.

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As Australia's 30 years of growth come to an end, what have we learnt?

Australia is bigger, richer and less happy following three decades of growth. So where do we go from here?

RBA governor Philip Lowe and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/David Geraghty)

Is the economy already getting better? Let's look at the data

Yes, it's still a recession. But the latest figures are surprisingly hopeful.

Hong Kong's 2014 'Umbrella Movement' protests (Image: Studio Incendo)

Good enough for UK, good enough for us. Why Australia should open doors to Hong Kong citizens

With calls for the US to take in Hong Kong residents to spite Beijing, questions remain: would it accomplish anything — and should Australia consider it?

Cards are stacked against cash — but Afterpay is going for gold

Young people have gone bonkers for buy-now-pay-later services, making cash look even more like a loser.