Scott Morrison could learn a lot from a few parents looking for babysitters in America, and not just because his frontbenchers have a habit of spitting the dummy.
It's not looking good for the Australian retail sector as numbers slip back towards GFC levels of growth.
Today's retail sales and building figures show an economy picking up, just as the RBA has been trying to engineer, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.
David Jones CEO Paul Zahra yesterday underlined the squeeze that has been put on Australia’s department stores when he delivered the company’s results for the 2011-12 financial year.
No politician is going to back a GST change that would directly hit the household. The hopes of Myer boss Bernie Brookes and others will inevitably be dashed.
Ignore the doomsters: Australia retail is doing OK -- it's just changing, and not in a way the Gerry Harveys of the world like.