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Stephen Bartos —

Stephen Bartos

Stephen Bartos is the former deputy secretary of the Finance Department and a director of Pegasus Economics.

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Why a second lockdown will test governments to the limit

A second lockdown is not the first lockdown on rewind. Governments and their advisers need to show they understand this.

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When a little inflation is a good thing: it's time for a stimulus spending spree

The RBA says the government has nothing to fear from rising debt and inflation, and hints more help is on its way.

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The Dyson Heydon case reveals a deep flaw in judicial accountability

Who will judge the judges: how do we hold the judicial system accountable while maintaining its independence and integrity?

Protesters during a Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne (Image: AAP/James Ross)

Health officials' protest advice puts public trust at risk

Warnings from health officials against protesting, while pubs and restaurants are allowed to open, are inconsistent.

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

Where is the economy going? Destination known but we're driving in fog to get there

Where we need the economy to get to is clear. How we get it there is another matter entirely.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

The Beijing dilemma: right now, we need China more than it needs us

When it comes to dealing with the Chinese government, there is a big difference between sensible caution and needless provocation. Australia must choose wisely.

Former minister for agriculture Bridget McKenzie (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Rorts may come and go: it's keeping ministers accountable that matters

What failed during the sports rorts scandal was not the regulatory framework, but the culture of accountability and responsibility.

Chinese consul-general for Victoria and Tasmania Long Zhou and Health Minister Greg Hunt. (Image: AAP/James Ross)

The $63 billion question: what are the stakes in a trade fight with China?

Australia's iron ore exports to China are worth billions of dollars, so why is the government pushing for an inquiry into the COVID-19 source?

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The case for a Virgin buyer — and against government airline ownership

A Qantas monopoly would be bad news for Australian travellers.

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Here's how Australian manufacturing could be revived by the pandemic

The monumental shifts of the COVID-19 pandemic are having some unexpected consequences, among them the possible revival of Australian manufacturing.