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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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Jobs and wages fall as fiscal cliff looms

You might have thought Australia's success fighting the pandemic would cause positive effects in the labour market. Instead we're seeing the reverse.

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Hybrids survive Australia's collapsing car market

It's not all misery for Australia's fraught car market, as hybrid manufacturers have found...

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Leases on hold: how do we reverse Australia's retail vacancy apocalypse?

Australia's high streets are staring down a vacancy epidemic. Is there a solution?

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JobMaker or JobFaker? Government plan will support — not create — jobs

It’s an expensive program that would never withstand scrutiny in normal times — but these are not normal times.

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The small but terrifying numerical gap that may doom us to austerity

If, as the government says. wages won't grow until unemployment is down to 5%, this is not the time to pull the plug on subsidies.

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Frydenberg getting awfully close to that trillion-dollar mark

The treasurer wouldn't tweak the parameter estimates such that national net debt forecast comes in just under one trillion dollars... would he?

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Data dump: the rollercoaster ride of government payments and receipts

The budget forecasts a huge temporary lift in payments (government spending) in the 2020-21 financial year, and those payments fade away fast.

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Australians are saving by cooking at home, but spending more on the booze to go with it

While spending in restaurants and cafes has plummeted, we've more than made up the difference at the supermarket... and the bottle shop.

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Shoes out, sheets in as Australians purchase their way through lockdown

The impact of the pandemic is continuing to show up in odd places. This time: shoes v sheets.

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Just how many Australians are unemployed?

We might have to wait a little bit longer for a definitive number on unemployment.

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