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Morrison rummages for leadership in the garbage bin of neoliberalism

Morrison rummages for leadership in the garbage bin of neoliberalism

Scott Morrison's reform agenda is a reheat of neoliberal cliches that he doesn't even have the courage to push for himself.

What is left in the wake of a mining bonanza?

What is left in the wake of a mining bonanza?

'As a West Australian I’d like to remind Queensland, and the nation at large, that the mining industry is better at digging holes than it is at fulfilling promises.'

Interest rate cuts are coming, but the retiree anger is already here

Interest rate cuts are coming, but the retiree anger is already here

Wealthy retirees are evidently feeling empowered to demand that the economic interests of the rest of Australia be further put aside to serve them.

How the price system helped create our modern world 

How the price system helped create our modern world 

Humans didn’t invent the price system on purpose; we are the beneficiaries of a happy accident.

Treasury goes missing as our economic performance slumps

Treasury goes missing as our economic performance slumps

Once the leader of economic policy in Australia, a politicised Treasury is now marginal to debate and has a growing track record of failure.

Desperately seeking surplus, the government looks to reform

Desperately seeking surplus, the government looks to reform

With Frydenberg "absolutely committed to the surplus", all signs are pointing towards labour market reform. This would be a huge mistake.

Cracks in building regulation could bring the building industry down

Cracks in building regulation could bring the building industry down

What happens when people realise they can't trust new apartment construction? An industry already in trouble could hit the wall, and pull the economy down with it.

Has anyone got the capacity to solve poor wages growth?

Has anyone got the capacity to solve poor wages growth?

The Reserve Bank knows that wages aren't growing, but doesn't know why, and doesn't know what level of unemployment is needed to get them growing.

The banks are bastards — and making you wealthier

The banks are bastards — and making you wealthier

Despite the fallout of the banking royal commission, the big banks have led the way in lifting the stock market in 2018-19.

As risks to global trade grow, Australia drifts into protectionism

As risks to global trade grow, Australia drifts into protectionism

The Productivity Commission warns Australia is continuing its drift into lazy protectionism when it should be standing up for free and rules-based international trade.