Good causes have a tougher time convincing policymakers of the merits of addressing social issues. So they rely on "social cost" to get into the policy space.
Access Economics benefits from free publicity from the biggest media outlets in the country. And what does it do with it?
In its latest Budget Monitor, Access says that while commodity revenues will benefit the bottom line in the short term by a total of $6 billion, outstripping Treasury's predictions, things could turn sour as prices inevitably tail off towards the middle of the decade. Crikey asked for a consensus.
Access Economics was up to its old tricks overnight, forecasting doom and gloom for the federal budget and in the process scoring easy publicity.
Take caution of any pollie brandishing 'economic modelling' in this election year, warns Jessica Irvine, because although they cling to the numbers dearly, it's all just guesswork with pie in the sky figures.
Access Economics thinks we have dodged the recession bullet, but a recovery based on growing business and consumer confidence might well be built on mass delusion, says En Passant.
Til now, the Reserve Bank had been sitting and watching the stimulus and rate cuts work their way through the economy. But the central bank has just announced itself pretty happy at how it's all going.
Economic commentary in Australia is based on numbers of momentary significance, numbers which are loaded with meaning in the few minutes after their release and then promptly forgotten.
Anthony Albanese’s diligence in getting Access Economics to put Sydney Airport’s 20 year master plan under the microscope points to a policy break point, says Ben Sandilands.