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Government's internet shopping tax a dud, doesn't look like it did in the picture

Government's internet shopping tax a dud, doesn't look like it did in the picture

Bernard KeaneFeb 16, 20176 Comments

Retailers claimed it would save billions a year and thousands of jobs, but the government's punitive crackdown on online shopping at the behest of retailers will yield minimal revenue.

Coal's time is running out, but Turnbull won't hear it

Coal's time is running out, but Turnbull won't hear it

Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane Feb 9, 201723 Comments

Coal production is falling and the best forecasts show coal consumption starting to decline within a decade. But the government continues to spruik it, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Will Sydney's apartment obsession prop up the economy?

Will Sydney's apartment obsession prop up the economy?

Bernard Keane and Glenn DyerJan 12, 20173 Comments

Sydney's obsession with building apartments might be enough to keep the construction stimulus to the economy going for a while yet, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

The next stoush on superannuation is coming

The next stoush on superannuation is coming

Bernard KeaneJan 11, 201712 Comments

The next fight over superannuation will be over the awards system and the way workers are put into a super fund by default. The big banks want in.

The Australian's clean coal magic trick

The Australian's clean coal magic trick

John QuigginJan 10, 20178 Comments

With some slippery words and some clever sleight-of-hand, The Australian almost makes it look like coal is good for humanity, writes economist John Quiggin

Turnbull caught out on construction industry visas

Turnbull caught out on construction industry visas

Bernard KeaneDec 1, 20164 Comments

The ABCC will have to crack down on construction companies using any foreign labour -- despite what the Prime Minister says.

Crossbenchers carve ABCC bill into the biggest protectionist turkey in decades

Crossbenchers carve ABCC bill into the biggest protectionist turkey in decades

Bernard KeaneNov 30, 201619 Comments

The government has established a new set of protectionist local content and standard requirements for the building industry as part of the ABCC bill -- which was designed to make life easier for builders.

News, news everywhere, but not a word of it is real

News, news everywhere, but not a word of it is real

Myriam RobinNov 28, 201614 Comments

Publishing fake news has proven a lucrative business model -- with very real consequences.

ACCC pursues ANZ, Macquarie for cartel conduct

ACCC pursues ANZ, Macquarie for cartel conduct

Glenn Dyer and Bernard KeaneNov 28, 20164 Comments

While the government is fiddling about with a banking tribunal, more revelations of banking misconduct have emerged, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Getting a sugar rush from controlling the poor

Getting a sugar rush from controlling the poor

Bernard KeaneNov 25, 201631 Comments

For nanny statists, there'll always be another threat to exploit to impose controls on low-income people. The sugar tax is only the latest.

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