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.
The Hayne royal commission interim report is a missile fired at the neoliberal fantasy at the heart of financial services regulation in Australia.
The interim report of the banking royal commission has been released and as expected it is harsh on the banks, AMP and regulators.
A ratings agency has restored Australia's top level credit rating that we lost in 2016, providing a belated endorsement for Malcolm Turnbull's economic leadership.
While Canberra obsessed over strawberries and bullies, the Reserve Bank was flagging its concerns about the economy. This year, the list of negatives has narrowed.
Whatever the outcome of the building trade war between the US and China, Australia's economy will be affected dramatically — for better or worse.
Labor is waving through legislation that goes against its own policy, and is simultaneously worried about rising trade barriers but also wants to raise our own. Go figure.
The government can shout about strong jobs growth, but it completely ignores that underemployment among women has remained high for decades.
History will conclude that the critics of Labor’s GFC response 10 years ago were hopelessly wrong. By avoiding a sudden, deep recession, Australia also avoided testing out what its effect may have been on our democratic system.