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12 Aug 2017

It is clearly the case that ordinary Australians are struggling as income growth has slumped and household debt has soared to record levels. It is clearly the case that inequality in Australia has risen sharply over the past twenty years. And it is clearly the case that the vote for minor...

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25 Jul 2017

At the opening session of the annual Economic and Social Outlook Conference, hosted last week by the Australian and the Melbourne Institute, Productivity Commission chairman Peter Harris expressed surprise that no one issue seemed to have sufficiently dominated public debate in recent...

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05 Jul 2017

In the broad picture, the 2016 census has confirmed things we already knew about ourselves. But burrow down into the detail, and you’ll find much that will surprise you.

The key themes are well-known. Australians are getting older: almost five million of us are now over sixty, and almost...

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03 Mar 2017

IN OCTOBER 1970, a young Laurie Oakes interviewed an old Sir John McEwen, the legendary leader of the Country Party (now the Nationals), long-time deputy and strong right arm of Sir Robert Menzies. One of the things the old warrior had to tell him was why he admired so much his former adversary...

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24 Feb 2017

NOTHING is more central to Labor’s view of what makes Australia such a great place to live in than our long tradition of having an independent umpire to stop employers exploiting workers. Former Liberal prime minister Sir Robert Menzies shared that view; like others in the centre-left and centre...

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20 Dec 2016

The government still won’t acknowledge why the deficit isn’t going away, but it’s not too late to take some simple steps

THERE was a bit of pride and a bit of resignation in the way treasurer Scott Morrison and finance minister Mathias Cormann reported yet another $10.4...

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18 Nov 2016

If you’re in a gloomy mood, the Bureau of Statistics won’t be helping to pull you out of it. First it told us that wages across Australia grew at their lowest level on record, just 1.9 per cent, in the year to September. Now it tells us that, despite that unprecedented restraint, a net 70,000...

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03 Jul 2016

What do we know so far about the likely post-election scene? Tim Colebatch has been crunching the latest numbers

MOST of us now know who our new MPs will be. What we don’t know is who will be our prime minister. And we don’t know whether there will be a majority or...

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30 Jun 2016

Europe offers lessons for Australian parties uneasy at the prospect of having to talk to each other

In the same week as Malcolm Turnbull called the 2016 Australian election, another conservative leader on the other side of the world did what his Australian counterpart has...

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28 May 2016

With the major parties level-pegging, a defeat for the Coalition isn’t out of the question. So what would a Labor government look like?

THE conventional wisdom is that there won’t be a Shorten Labor government. The opinion polls say it, the commentators say it, and the...

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