You might have thought Australia's success fighting the pandemic would cause positive effects in the labour market. Instead we're seeing the reverse.
It's not all misery for Australia's fraught car market, as hybrid manufacturers have found...
It’s an expensive program that would never withstand scrutiny in normal times — but these are not normal times.
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.
The treasurer wouldn't tweak the parameter estimates such that national net debt forecast comes in just under one trillion dollars... would he?
The budget forecasts a huge temporary lift in payments (government spending) in the 2020-21 financial year, and those payments fade away fast.
While spending in restaurants and cafes has plummeted, we've more than made up the difference at the supermarket... and the bottle shop.
The impact of the pandemic is continuing to show up in odd places. This time: shoes v sheets.