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Is a great wave going to swamp Australia's housing market?

Is a great wave going to swamp Australia's housing market?

With a small but growing percentage of homeowners owing banks sums greater than the value of their homes, what are the looming risks to the economy?

Australians deserve an economic debate of substance, not dogma

Australians deserve an economic debate of substance, not dogma

Groundbreaking economist Alan Krueger, adviser to two US presidents, died last month — but his work lives on in local debates about minimum wage and inequality.

The dominant story of the election is weak household income

The dominant story of the election is weak household income

The only economic issue in the coming election should be household income and how wages policy can lift it.

Smoking is down but it's still bringing in big bucks for the government

Smoking is down but it's still bringing in big bucks for the government

Pulling in a budget surplus from tobacco excise has knock-on effects that need to be considered

Election battle will unfold amid smoking ruins of neoliberalism

Election battle will unfold amid smoking ruins of neoliberalism

The crisis in neoliberalism that marked the last three years has shaped the electoral contest that will unfold over the next five weeks.

Years of Coalition failure behind Adani panic

Years of Coalition failure behind Adani panic

The government's panic over the Adani Carmichael project is driven by five wasted years that have seen unemployment spike in Townsville and surrounding regions.

What if the budget tried to address our real economic problems?

What if the budget tried to address our real economic problems?

If budgets were about addressing actual economic problems, this one would be a failure — but not a total one.

The Liberals' road to surplus was built on hard work – but whose?

The Liberals' road to surplus was built on hard work – but whose?

Mathias Cormann has been crucial to the return to surplus forecast for next year. But so too has the Liberal Party's addiction to taxing Australians.

Winners and losers of the 2019 budget

Winners and losers of the 2019 budget

Governments staring down the barrel of an election tend to write budgets that try to be all things to all people. This one is no exception.