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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Who is Morrison kidding? The economy has been on government life support for a decade

We need to stop pretending the Australian economy isn't addicted to government support. And if the government is serious about reform, it shouldn't wait until late in the year to release a long-delayed budget.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/James Ross)

Which Australian states depend on China most — and does it matter?

From iron ore to infrastructure, is there real reason to be concerned about state dependency on Chinese business?

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Blunder? What blunder? Good news on JobKeeper opens ways for further stimulus

Put together in haste for a catastrophe that didn't quite eventuate, the overestimated JobKeeper program can now be adjusted to boost the recovery.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Fixing JobKeeper's flaws would be a sign of leadership not weakness

The JobKeeper program was a good-ish response under the circumstances. But that doesn't mean it was perfect, or that trying to make it better would be an admission of failure.

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

More stimulus may be needed to bolster confidence — and we have the capacity to fund it

The Reserve Bank has signalled that consumer and business confidence will be a key uncertainty in the recovery -- but Treasury thinks we have the capacity for more fiscal stimulus if needed.

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How COVID-19 will change Australian retail — forever

The COVID-19 recession will end one day, but its impact on Australian retail (and the entire economy) may last forever.

In defence of class actions: an Australian innovation bringing justice to the world

For years, class action litigators have done what regulatory bodies like ASIC can't: get major businesses to play fair.

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Nice JobKeeper set to juice GDP numbers. Naughty JobSeeker not counted

There'll be some extra value for the government's JobKeeper money when it's included in GDP — but JobSeeker payments will be left out.

Northern Territory residents enjoy some new freedoms as restrictions are eased (Image: AAP/Helen Orr)

Hindsight is 20/20: how false narratives could hurt us going forward

Australia has been relatively successful in the fight against COVID-19. What comes next is the fight for the narrative.

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US economic collapse further reveals gender impacts of crisis

The US economy is facing catastrophe and witnessing what might be a second wave of job losses brought on by the pandemic.