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When’s a good time to introduce a great big new tax?

When’s a good time to introduce a great big new tax?

The chorus has been building for months from Coalition figures across the country: "now is not the time to introduce a carbon tax". But if now's a bad time to introduce a new tax, 2000 was much worse.

The Running Man gives a boost to Gillard’s last chance

The Running Man gives a boost to Gillard’s last chance

As Julia Gillard tries one last recovery strategy, Labor finds itself in the unusual position of having a good day. But that never lasts long for Gillard.

Aluminium, industry policy and losing our way on reform

Aluminium, industry policy and losing our way on reform

The closure of the Kurri Kurri smelter lifts the lid not merely on a troubled industry but a troubled policy process.

Keane: the $8 billion industry policy no one notices

Keane: the $8 billion industry policy no one notices

The government's decision to end the solar hot water program sheds a light on the self-contradictory tax system.

OurSay — climate change and human rights on the rise

OurSay — climate change and human rights on the rise

Climate change and human rights questions dominated the week at the Our Say People's Question.

Repealing a tax will ‘save’ $4b? Er, no, Tony Abbott

Repealing a tax will ‘save’ $4b? Er, no, Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott is boasting of saving $4 billion, which will be long gone when he gets into office.

The 2011 Crikeys: the government policy hits and misses

The 2011 Crikeys: the government policy hits and misses

2011 was the biggest year in economic policy for a long time - which isn't saying much. What was best and worst?

Bluescope: this isn’t a company, it’s a black hole

Bluescope: this isn’t a company, it’s a black hole

Just days after its AGM, BlueScope has gone out fundraising -- despite getting access to hundreds of millions in taxpayer assistance.

Essential: no to uranium exports to India, yes to mining tax

Essential: no to uranium exports to India, yes to mining tax

Voters back the mining tax but oppose uranium exports to India, today's Essential Report shows. And voters are less concerned about a return to Workchoices.

It’s the Greens’ day, anyway you look at it

It’s the Greens’ day, anyway you look at it

The passage of the government's carbon pricing package is a major victory for the Greens. Even if it's so weak it needs to be bolstered by an extensive array of taxpayer spending