‘You can’t pay tax if you don’t make profits.’ Oh, really?

‘You can’t pay tax if you don’t make profits.’ Oh, really?

and February 23, 2018 11

When company tax cut spruikers insist the low rate of tax actually paid by companies is because they don't make profits, some scepticism is warranted.

Imagine if our lazy banking oligopoly had to answer to US regulators

Imagine if our lazy banking oligopoly had to answer to US regulators

and February 7, 2018 4

Say what you like about the Americans, but their corporate regulators make ours look like PC Plod.

Corporate tax cuts a handy boost if you’ve blown a lazy billion

Corporate tax cuts a handy boost if you’ve blown a lazy billion

and February 6, 2018 12

While Wesfarmers' own business lobby group was calling for tax cuts, its management was wasting billions in dud overseas ventures.

Australia makes a new bid for dumb protectionism for defence industry

Australia makes a new bid for dumb protectionism for defence industry

January 30, 2018 7

The government's enthusiasm for defence protectionism -- strongly backed by Labor -- isn't just idiotic, it's immoral.

No togetherness in Frydenberg’s electric car dreams

No togetherness in Frydenberg’s electric car dreams

January 23, 2018 24

Having a culture war over electric vehicles can be very dangerous. It's funny what you might end up supporting.

Industry super blitzes retail, which is bad news for the Coalition’s war on unions

Industry super blitzes retail, which is bad news for the Coalition’s war on unions

January 19, 2018 8

Alarm bells will be ringing with the Liberals as industry super stretches its lead over retail super in returns for members.

If milk prices went up like private health insurance …

If milk prices went up like private health insurance …

January 19, 2018 42

Increases in private health insurance premiums are set to hurt household budgets by $750 a year -- and deepen the appalling intergenerational theft private health insurance represents.

Carillion and Co expose serious flaws in outsourcing

Carillion and Co expose serious flaws in outsourcing

and January 18, 2018 10

Does poor management of outsourcing by governments breed laziness and incompetence in major companies? The collapse of a major UK company poses serious questions for a key tenet of neoliberalism.

Australia’s animal welfare process is broken and corrupted

Australia’s animal welfare process is broken and corrupted

December 19, 2017 13

The process for developing animal welfare standards for Australian industry is broken -- something the government was told a long time ago by the Productivity Commission.

Amazon isn’t the only predator in the retail jungle

Amazon isn’t the only predator in the retail jungle

and November 23, 2017 4

The arrival of Amazon is only the latest threat to retailing, which has been enduring structural change in the economy now for years.