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Northern Territory residents enjoy some new freedoms as restrictions are eased (Image: AAP/Helen Orr)

Hindsight is 20/20: how false narratives could hurt us going forward

Australia has been relatively successful in the fight against COVID-19. What comes next is the fight for the narrative.

Here’s a mad thought: let’s save the real things like, er, the people

Plans to prop up already shambolic corporations will impoverish us all, invite economic disaster and destroy much of what we truly value.

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The government can’t launch a GFC-style stimulus package. There’s too much crow to eat

Now there's talk of Australia needing a new economic stimulus package, we look back at senior Libs' criticism of the Labor's GFC stimulus.

Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe (Image: AAP/Dan Himbrechts)

The governor is trapped. There are ways to save him

The RBA — like the rest of Australia — is trapped by the government's policies of stagnation and surplus-addiction.

Treasury Secretary Dr Steven Kennedy (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

New leader struggles to restore Treasury’s battered reputation

The new head of Treasury appeared at Senate estimates this week, with the tough task of restoring his department's diminished reputation. So how did he do?

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Yes, Labor made the right choice on the government’s tax cuts

When it came to a tax bill that was destined to pass no matter what, Labor cut its losses. That people are seeing it as a new sellout or betrayal is utterly bewildering.

Australians deserve an economic debate of substance, not dogma

Groundbreaking economist Alan Krueger, adviser to two US presidents, died last month — but his work lives on in local debates about minimum wage and inequality.

Pedestrian push placebo pacifies people in perplexing periods

Social science, both popular and academic, is obsessed with the power of little things including, it would seem, the placebo pedestrian crossing.

The economics of the everyday: how consumers control the coffee market

As the costs of rent and food skyrocket, the little things like coffee and ice cream have mostly stayed the same. How long can that last?

The team changing Australia’s behaviour, one nudge at a time

The government's BETA team are working out tiny, near-invisible ways to influence our everyday decisions.

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