Crikey readers discuss the cause of stagnant wages, the death of the private health industry and airline carbon emissions.
According to Treasury, wage stagnation has nothing to do with the government — workers just need to go and find businesses that pay higher wages.
Once the leader of economic policy in Australia, a politicised Treasury is now marginal to debate and has a growing track record of failure.
We hate to make ourselves the story, but this is a regression to the bad old days.
If you assume Treasury has done some thinking about how Australia will be affected by climate change, you'd be wrong, as we learnt this week at estimates.
The Hayne royal commission interim report is a missile fired at the neoliberal fantasy at the heart of financial services regulation in Australia.
In his first speech, the new Treasury Secretary has completely ignored the biggest policy and political challenge the government faces: wage stagnation.
The appointment of a Liberal Party staffer to run Treasury is a new low in the debasement of Treasury as a source of authoritative advice.
Even accepting the government's claims about its company tax cuts at face value, there's no evidence it's the best way to improve economic growth, or even business investment.