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Want to know who will pay for the bank levy? (Hint: it's YOU)

Want to know who will pay for the bank levy? (Hint: it's YOU)

Glenn DyerMay 22, 20177 Comments

Banks expect that the government's new bank levy will be a tax write-off, which will reduce the overall impact on the banks by around one-third.

Is Dutton's ‘fake refugees’ argument designed to undermine the Administrative Appeals Tribunal?

Is Dutton's ‘fake refugees’ argument designed to undermine the Administrative Appeals Tribunal?

Josh TaylorMay 22, 201711 Comments

Peter Dutton's criticism of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal shows the government is thinking about bypassing the tribunal for refugee reviews.

Should we let small country towns die?

Should we let small country towns die?

Bernard KeaneMay 19, 20178 Comments

The government is looking for a sound policy basis for its regional development policy. It might not have much luck with the Productivity Commission.

Human Services plans massive robo-debt expansion on pensioners

Human Services plans massive robo-debt expansion on pensioners

Josh TaylorMay 19, 20179 Comments

The Department of Human Services will continue with plans to expand the data it uses to chase people alleged to have been paid too much welfare.

Arrogant Immigration continues to bungle and stumble

Arrogant Immigration continues to bungle and stumble

Bernard KeaneMay 19, 201710 Comments

There is no area where the Department of Immigration doesn't stuff up. Not even its own accommodation.

Information Commissioner to audit Centrelink's data matching for robo-debt notices

Information Commissioner to audit Centrelink's data matching for robo-debt notices

Josh TaylorMay 18, 20175 Comments

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner will overhaul Australia's privacy code in response to controversy over Centrelink's debt notices.

Hinch's Senate Diary: how Pauline Hanson scuppered a medical marijuana motion

Hinch's Senate Diary: how Pauline Hanson scuppered a medical marijuana motion

Derryn HinchMay 18, 20174 Comments

Last-minute campaigning stopped a much-needed drug passing through Parliament.

Aussie workers' stagnant wages loom as a major threat to the Turnbull government

Aussie workers' stagnant wages loom as a major threat to the Turnbull government

Bernard Keane and Glenn DyerMay 17, 201714 Comments

With the Reserve Bank expressing concern about employment, don't expect Australia's stagnant wages to improve any time soon. And that's a political problem for the government, as well as an economic and fiscal one, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Poll Bludger: do swinging voters even pay attention to the budget?

Poll Bludger: do swinging voters even pay attention to the budget?

William BoweMay 17, 20171 Comment

And is the fabled "post-budget bounce" a real thing?

Enough with the banks' lies on the levy

Enough with the banks' lies on the levy

Glenn DyerMay 16, 20177 Comments

Big banks will still have enough assets to stay standing in the event of a crisis, despite crying poor over the bank levy.

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