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Protectionism, wage stagnation and debt on the RBA's watchlist

Protectionism, wage stagnation and debt on the RBA's watchlist

While Canberra obsessed over strawberries and bullies, the Reserve Bank was flagging its concerns about the economy. This year, the list of negatives has narrowed.

Australia needs to prepare for the trade war or end up a casualty

Australia needs to prepare for the trade war or end up a casualty

Whatever the outcome of the building trade war between the US and China, Australia's economy will be affected dramatically — for better or worse.

Does anyone understand Labor's trade policy?

Does anyone understand Labor's trade policy?

Labor is waving through legislation that goes against its own policy, and is simultaneously worried about rising trade barriers but also wants to raise our own. Go figure.

Frydenberg spruiks jobs numbers while ignoring female underemployment

Frydenberg spruiks jobs numbers while ignoring female underemployment

The government can shout about strong jobs growth, but it completely ignores that underemployment among women has remained high for decades.

The road not taken: reflections on the global financial crisis

The road not taken: reflections on the global financial crisis

History will conclude that the critics of Labor’s GFC response 10 years ago were hopelessly wrong. By avoiding a sudden, deep recession, Australia also avoided testing out what its effect may have been on our democratic system.

Hayne will become our most important banking inquiry since the 1970s

Hayne will become our most important banking inquiry since the 1970s

Kenneth Hayne and his royal commission will likely reshape financial services for decades to come.

A (possibly bananas) idea for how to stop governments from robbing the future

A (possibly bananas) idea for how to stop governments from robbing the future

Let’s indulge in a flight of imagination for a moment. Could we change the fundamental shape of government so climate change et al are not ignored?

Labor's grubby TPP backflip confirms voters are right to be cynical

Labor's grubby TPP backflip confirms voters are right to be cynical

The Labor Party's support for the Trans Pacific Partnership in the face of overwhelming evidence and its own policy confirms that voters are right to be disgusted with the cynicism of the major parties.

When it comes to the economy, Turnbull bested Abbott by a large margin

When it comes to the economy, Turnbull bested Abbott by a large margin

Turnbull presided over booming employment and a lift in economic growth, but failure to act on wage stagnation will leave a tarnished legacy.

GDP numbers show the Reserve Bank is right to ignore interest rate idiocy

GDP numbers show the Reserve Bank is right to ignore interest rate idiocy

Australians are digging deeper and deeper into their savings to fund a modest rate of economic growth. This is no "boom".