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The Reserve Bank are worried about something else now

The Reserve Bank are worried about something else now

Bernard Keane November 8, 2017 6 Comments

Household consumption is now the issue worrying the Reserve Bank as it strains to see more growth and inflation on the horizon, writes Glenn Dyer.

Why we shouldn’t wait around for a Reserve Bank rate rise

Why we shouldn’t wait around for a Reserve Bank rate rise

Glenn Dyer November 7, 2017 6 Comments

Sluggish inflation and worryingly weak retail sales have undermined any case for an interest rate rise -- possibly for all of 2018.

Unkillable corporate rights trade clause needs a bullet in the head

Unkillable corporate rights trade clause needs a bullet in the head

Bernard Keane November 6, 2017 17 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull is almost alone among Trans-Pacific Partnership leaders eager to allow multinationals to sue governments.

Cash-strapped Aussies buying less as wages, retailers languish

Cash-strapped Aussies buying less as wages, retailers languish

Alan Austin November 6, 2017 17 Comments

The Australian Retailers Association responded with undisguised alarm to the latest figures.

Goyder’s productivity fairytale refuted by basic data

Goyder’s productivity fairytale refuted by basic data

Bernard Keane November 3, 2017 7 Comments

Business claims that wages growth will only happen when there's productivity growth. Except ... productivity is still growing, and stronger than under WorkChoices.

Is the ACTU telling the whole truth about a ‘living wage’?

Is the ACTU telling the whole truth about a ‘living wage’?

Charlie Lewis November 3, 2017 8 Comments

The Australian Council of Trade Unions' call for a living wage in Australia goes against what they've asked for for the last 20 years, according to one of Australia's pre-eminent workplace academics.

Ten years on from the sharemarket peak, Australian business has little to complain about

Ten years on from the sharemarket peak, Australian business has little to complain about

Glenn Dyer November 2, 2017 5 Comments

Ten years on from the pre-GFC sharemarket peak, the Australian economy is very different but has prospered thanks to smart choices by policymakers.

How the states are making Scott Morrison pay for his failing performance

How the states are making Scott Morrison pay for his failing performance

Alan Austin October 31, 2017 5 Comments

Has Scott Morrison had his worst month since becoming Treasurer?

For a document with no substance, the NEG has earned a lot of fans

For a document with no substance, the NEG has earned a lot of fans

vening.jack@gmail.com October 30, 2017 9 Comments

NEG is so miraculous that it's garnering positive reaction from both sides of the field; quite a feat for an eight page document with zero figures, writes economist John Quiggin.

‘Rate rise looms’ a perennial favourite for error-prone screen jockeys

‘Rate rise looms’ a perennial favourite for error-prone screen jockeys

Glenn Dyer October 27, 2017

It would be nice if bank economists occasionally acknowledged their errors, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.