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10 Oct 2017

A Senate committee has finally handed down a report on the Fair Work Commission’s decision to reduce Sunday penalty rates for workers in a range of service industries.

The report recommends that the government bring in legislation to overturn...

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25 Jul 2017

It’s hard to pinpoint an exact date, but sometime in the early years after the global financial crisis the problem of inequality moved to centrestage. Evidence that had once been discussed mostly in academic seminars found a wider audience among people trying to understand what had gone wrong in...

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05 Apr 2017

Anyone following the news on climate policy might well incline to despair. Not only is the Turnbull government continuing to promote the idea that coal is the energy source of the future as well as the past, but many of its backbenchers also think that the best alternative is nuclear power. ...

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04 Oct 2016

THE “problem” of population ageing has been a staple of political pontification for decades. In fact, the main points covered in the average think-piece on the topic were old hat well before many of us were born. The great French demographer Alfred Sauvy discussed most of them in an article...

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17 Mar 2016

Defence and economics mix in ways that aren’t considered by military strategists

ONE OF the convictions that drives military policy in the developed world is a shared belief in the importance of keeping sea lanes open. For the authors of Australia’s white paper on defence...

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10 Dec 2015

Education is the sector that most urgently needs to be freed from the Abbott legacy

EVER since his ascent to the prime ministership, Malcolm Turnbull has represented a puzzle. Is the leadership change, as Tony Abbott and Labor argue, a mere change in symbolism masking a...

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06 Oct 2015

Australia gained some last-minute concessions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. But this is still the wrong way to manage our international trade and investment

The announcement of an agreed text for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, or TPP, brings to...

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02 Aug 2015

Negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement have run aground on Washington’s attempt to restrict rather than free up medicines

Winston Churchill’s famous description of Russia as a “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma” could equally well be applied...

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22 Jun 2015

A series of trends has combined to radically change policies among the largest emitters

CLIMATE change has been called “the greatest challenge facing the world,” and it has certainly been one of the most intractable. At countless international meetings dating back to the...

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17 Apr 2015

In 2014, French economist Thomas Piketty's book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, documented an upsurge in inequality of income and wealth, most notably in the United States and the United Kingdom. Other English-speaking countries have followed this trend—with the possible exception...

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29 Oct 2010

We need to mobilise a positive alternative to the fear, anger and tribalism on offer from the right, argues John Quiggin

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ANGELA MERKEL’s recent denunciation of German multiculturalism marks another step in the tightening of ties...

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12 Oct 2010

Have we finally got it right, asks John Quiggin

THE PROBLEMS of the Murray Darling Basin have been developing for more than a century. I’ve been working on this issue for 30 years, during which, despite a series of policy initiatives too long to list,...

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08 Aug 2010

IT’S OFTEN said that a country gets the government, and the media, it deserves. Looking at the current election offerings of the major parties, and the coverage presented by the media, it’s hard to see what we could have done to deserve this. The parties have offered gimmicks like cash for...

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03 Jun 2010

 

I’M WORKING on a longish piece on how to pay for the global financial crisis, and it seems like a good idea to deal with some side issues separately. One of the standard post-crisis responses of governments, i has been to increase the age at which people become eligible for public old...

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31 Mar 2010

Buying water is much more cost-effective, in most cases, than public engineering projects aimed at saving water, argues John Quiggin

THERE'S BEEN a lot happening in water policy lately, and for once, most of the news is good. Most importantly, it’s been raining, a lot. The total volume of...

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17 Feb 2010

While the lessons of the 1970s and 1980s had been learned well, it seems that little or nothing has been learned from the failures of the past decade, writes John Quiggin

THE RESERVE BANK of Australia is fifty years old, having been separated from the old Commonwealth Bank in 1960. The...

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08 Sep 2009

IT SEEMS virtually certain that the CPRS legislation will be reintroduced to parliament later this year, and highly likely that it will be passed with the support of some or all Liberal senators. The alternative, a double dissolution fought on an issue where the party is split down the middle,...

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05 Feb 2007

Efficient solutions to the Murray-Darling water crisis are difficult to see in the government's plan, writes John Quiggin

THE gradualist reform process envisaged in the National Water Initiative of 2004 has been overtaken by events as the record-breaking drought continues...

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21 Aug 2006

The evidence doesn't support this simple equation, writes John Quiggin

THE creation of the Fair Pay Commission as part of the government’s WorkChoices legislation has led to a debate about the role of minimum wages for Australian workers. Whereas the Industrial Relations Commission...

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08 Jun 2006

There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with public debt, writes John Quiggin

IN PUBLIC debate, two steps forward for one step back is probably the most that can be hoped for, and that’s what we’ve seen in the recent debate over infrastructure policy.

One big step forward has...

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