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Subdued CPI result gives interest rate hawks pause for thought

Subdued CPI result gives interest rate hawks pause for thought

Modest rises in housing costs, including rents, utilities and property rates, and a fall in child care out-of-pocket expenses, saw a subdued rise in the CPI this quarter, said the ABS.

The collapse of retail super: the Liberals aim a missile at Labor, take out their mates

The collapse of retail super: the Liberals aim a missile at Labor, take out their mates

After publicly confirming the massive underperformance of retail super funds, the Liberals then unwittingly set the scene for an exposure of the rorts that riddled the sector — all in the name of attacking industry super funds.

In the end, it was the Liberals who killed retail super

In the end, it was the Liberals who killed retail super

The Liberal Party has repeatedly attacked industry super funds over the last decade but ultimately they are responsible for their victory.

Coalition energy policy: the death of neoliberalism meets rampant denialism

Coalition energy policy: the death of neoliberalism meets rampant denialism

The Morrison government's new coal-loving energy policy is an incoherent mass of dramatic interventionism that denies the basics of economics and science.

It's time for a reckoning on FOFA

It's time for a reckoning on FOFA

The major bank lobby group now wants to fix the Future of Financial Advice framework, but it was one of the major players in trying to water it down as much possible. It owes the community an apology.

Australian politics isn't fit for purpose in a burning world

Australian politics isn't fit for purpose in a burning world

While the Coalition government has many climate denialists in its ranks, fossil fuel companies can also wield systemic power to make sure the political system works in their interests, not the community's.

Insurance companies confirm everything is hunky dory in insurance

Insurance companies confirm everything is hunky dory in insurance

The insurance industry is recycling an old defence used by the banks to ward off scrutiny — that its misconduct is the work of just a few bad apples. It will work about as well as it did for the banks.

The end of the Elon Musk experience

The end of the Elon Musk experience

The rise of future-focused, loss-making, aggressively-expanding tech companies is an accident of this particular juncture in history. It may be ending.

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.