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Housing affordability plunge: radical policy the only answer

Home ownership has plunged from 43% of Australians to just 30% in 20 years, while mortgages and renting has jumped.

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Skilled migrant arrivals hit 20-year low – but Covid is not the reason for innovation deflation

The drop in skilled workers arriving in Australia has hit the economy, and it began many years before the Pandemic....

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Eight years in, how do our Coalition economic management gurus measure up?

Elected on a promise to eliminate Labor's ''debt disaster'', the Coalition has added $600 billlion to the national ledger.

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Banquet of the Chooks: MYEFO budget leaks gobbled up in media feeding frenzy

They sure were feeding the chooks last night. Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian went live with its “exclusive” story at midnight:...

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How the Reserve Bank rescued Australia from Scott and Josh

Extraordinary details have emerged of how the Reserve Bank intervened to stop Treasurer Josh Frydenberg crashing the economy as the...

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Treasurer Measurer: exploding the Liberal election myth of superior economic managers

Does the Liberal Party's claim to be "superior economic managers" stack up? No. We dig back to Harold Holt, through...

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Suffering in comparison: Australia’s economic outcomes the worst in 60 years

The Covid pandemic has affected several industries and data sets. But it does not explain Australia falling down the global...

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Gouging Government: how a billion-dollar job agency dudded taxpayers, then the super funds

Sharemarket pirates have cashed in on Australia’s unemployed. They are targeting the disabled and the elderly next. Callum Foote and...

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Addicted to privatisation, addicted to failure

The takeover bid for Sydney Airport all but done, a takeover frenzy grips the sharemarket. Investors, foreign and local, know...

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Dodgicel: Andy Penn given more billions, this time to beat China to a telco takeover

Why the blazes was Telstra slotted $1.6bn by the government to buy Digicell and annoy the Chinese, and how is...

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APM promoters exit jobless profits in ASX float, turn to profiteering from disabled

The impending $972m float of employment services provider APM is a classic case of foreign financiers dumping their stock into...

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Beyond the Spin: workers’ share of wealth slumps to record low

Workers now have the lowest share ever of the nation’s earnings. Under-employment is even worse now than it was late...



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