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The death of manufacturing — overrated and overstated

The death of manufacturing — overrated and overstated

Australian manufacturing isn't as dead as some make out. And so what if it is?

Could Australia survive another financial crisis?

Could Australia survive another financial crisis?

If there's another financial crisis, is Australia well-placed to respond? Not as well as we might be.

A government refusing to act on climate change is a government not fit to lead

A government refusing to act on climate change is a government not fit to lead

Some political parties are simply unfit to govern. The federal Liberals' refusal to address climate change disqualifies them from the being serious policymakers.

Morrison backs Tesla-toting elites over ordinary motorists

Morrison backs Tesla-toting elites over ordinary motorists

By abandoning an inquiry into road pricing, Scott Morrison is siding with wealthy drivers who can afford to opt out of the current fuel excise system.

Delusions run deeper and deeper for Australian business

Delusions run deeper and deeper for Australian business

The new line from the business lobby is that our economic growth is "just luck". In fact the refusal of politicians to obey their demands has been crucial to that "luck".

You can bet your bottom bitcoin this stability won't last

You can bet your bottom bitcoin this stability won't last

The world's most notoriously volatile cyrptocurrency is currently trading without volatility, but there's more to it than you may think.

Real power isn't about powerful individuals

Real power isn't about powerful individuals

If there's anything we should take from the banking royal commission, it's that lists of the powerful shed little light on how power is really wielded, and even distract from focusing on the systems that channel corporate power.

Witness K scandal part of a long history of pandering to resource companies

Witness K scandal part of a long history of pandering to resource companies

The Witness K scandal and attempts to cover it up show how there has been bipartisan agreement to let commercial interests dictate Australia's foreign policy.

Household finances tell a tale of diminishing wealth effect

Household finances tell a tale of diminishing wealth effect

In terms of household wealth, we only have the sharemarket going for us at the moment. Wages and property are undermining the "wealth effect".

Liberals again confirm big spender status

Liberals again confirm big spender status

The Liberals continue to tax and spend at higher levels than Labor, but even when they abandon their own fiscal rules, the response is decidedly muted.