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Why is Australian trade becoming a political weapon?

Why is Australian trade becoming a political weapon?

Seeing trade through a lens of winners and losers, power and weakness, is a Donald Trump move. And it's increasingly common in Australia.

Australia's economic bullying still soars above rising Pacific sea levels

Australia's economic bullying still soars above rising Pacific sea levels

Australia's history in the Pacific is about imperialist exploitation. Now the government has baldly stated that our economic interests come ahead even of the existence of Pacific island states.

Frydenberg's choice: ego or stimulus?

Frydenberg's choice: ego or stimulus?

When Wayne Swan had to choose between pride and supporting the economy, he opted for the latter. Now Josh Frydenberg faces a similar choice.

How we get ourselves out of energy chaos

How we get ourselves out of energy chaos

Enough time has been wasted. The transition to a zero-carbon energy system is not simple, but what we need to do is very clear.

Signs of global slowdown multiply as Australian wages stagnate

Signs of global slowdown multiply as Australian wages stagnate

As signs of a global slowdown multiply, Australian workers endured another quarter of the government's policy of deliberate wage stagnation.

Government racks up another win in its wage stagnation policy

Government racks up another win in its wage stagnation policy

Australian workers were stuck for another quarter with stagnant wages, the latest figures show. And this Groundhog Day is going to be repeating for a long time.

Why 37,500 is Australia’s magic number

Why 37,500 is Australia’s magic number

When will Australia's rate-cutting frenzy end? It all depends on this week's jobs figures.

Life on Newstart means living your whole life behind the eight-ball

Life on Newstart means living your whole life behind the eight-ball

Being on Newstart doesn't just mean poverty. It can also mean losing the opportunities to ever escape it.

Infrastructure groans under our addiction to population growth

Infrastructure groans under our addiction to population growth

Australians are paying the price for our addition to temporary migration through ever-longer commutes, a new report shows.

Is it safe to hand your banking passwords over to finance apps?

Is it safe to hand your banking passwords over to finance apps?

Budgeting and micro-investing apps are giving more people easy access to financial services. But what are the risks involved?