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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.

Royal commission adds Howard, Costello to the banking hall of shame

Royal commission adds Howard, Costello to the banking hall of shame

The Hayne royal commission interim report is a missile fired at the neoliberal fantasy at the heart of financial services regulation in Australia.

'Dishonesty and greed': banking royal commission interim report leaves many questions

'Dishonesty and greed': banking royal commission interim report leaves many questions

The interim report of the banking royal commission has been released and as expected it is harsh on the banks, AMP and regulators.

Triple A credit rating endorses economic leadership of ... Malcolm Turnbull

Triple A credit rating endorses economic leadership of ... Malcolm Turnbull

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.

Protectionism, wage stagnation and debt on the RBA's watchlist

Protectionism, wage stagnation and debt on the RBA's watchlist

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.

Australia needs to prepare for the trade war or end up a casualty

Australia needs to prepare for the trade war or end up a casualty

Whatever the outcome of the building trade war between the US and China, Australia's economy will be affected dramatically — for better or worse.

Does anyone understand Labor's trade policy?

Does anyone understand Labor's trade policy?

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.

Frydenberg spruiks jobs numbers while ignoring female underemployment

Frydenberg spruiks jobs numbers while ignoring female underemployment

The government can shout about strong jobs growth, but it completely ignores that underemployment among women has remained high for decades.

The road not taken: reflections on the global financial crisis

The road not taken: reflections on the global financial crisis

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.

Hayne will become our most important banking inquiry since the 1970s

Hayne will become our most important banking inquiry since the 1970s

Kenneth Hayne and his royal commission will likely reshape financial services for decades to come.