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Our casual return to protectionism, or, OMG I agree with Judith Sloan

Bernard KeaneDec 1, 201614 Comments

The local content rules in the ABCC legislation have been met, for the most part, with silence. This is how we end up returning to protectionism.

Crossbenchers carve ABCC bill into the biggest protectionist turkey in decades

Crossbenchers carve ABCC bill into the biggest protectionist turkey in decades

Bernard KeaneNov 30, 201619 Comments

The government has established a new set of protectionist local content and standard requirements for the building industry as part of the ABCC bill -- which was designed to make life easier for builders.

Put down the (wine) glasses: the OECD has made its call

Put down the (wine) glasses: the OECD has made its call

Bernard Keane and Glenn DyerNov 30, 2016

The OECD's recent track record on the Australian economy has been poor -- will this finally be the time the Paris econocrats get it right, ask Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

What do the IPA, Yanis Varoufakis and Katniss Everdeen have in common?

What do the IPA, Yanis Varoufakis and Katniss Everdeen have in common?

Helen RazerNov 29, 201626 Comments

They'd all much prefer to live in a world with a Universal Basic Income safety net.

GetUp: people power killed the TPP, not Trump

GetUp: people power killed the TPP, not Trump

Daney FaddoulNov 28, 20164 Comments

Communities around the world rallied to fight the Trans-Pacific Partnership long before Trump was President-elect, writes GetUp's lead campaigner on the TPP Daney Faddoul.

Coming soon: why you should have to pay to drive

Coming soon: why you should have to pay to drive

Bernard KeaneNov 24, 201619 Comments

The government has announced further steps in the development of its infrastructure plans -- including a brave inquiry into charging motorists for their road use.

RBA welcomes women to the top jobs

Glenn DyerNov 24, 2016

The move to promote Luci Ellis to the position of assistant governor (economic), has made her the first woman to become what is effectively the central bank’s chief economist.

How can we fix flat wages growth? We can't

How can we fix flat wages growth? We can't

Glenn Dyer and Bernard KeaneNov 24, 20165 Comments

What is the next source for strong wages growth? Despite the fantasies of the Coalition and business, there are none on the horizon, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

How Abbott and Turnbull destroyed Australia's wealth

How Abbott and Turnbull destroyed Australia's wealth

Alan AustinNov 23, 201626 Comments

Yesterday’s Credit Suisse wealth report shows a clear majority of OECD countries are getting richer. But Australia is bucking that trend.

Cutting the brakes on a runaway housing market

Cutting the brakes on a runaway housing market

Jason MurphyNov 21, 20162 Comments

The question isn't if we can do it. The question is whether we can do it fast enough.

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