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Assuming employers will lift wages in place of rise in superannuation levy is a triumph of hope over experience

The government sat on a report into the retirement income system for four months because it was so politically sensitive...

Reality Underemployed: time for truth in jobless figures

It is time the Australian Bureau of Statistics changed the way it reported unemployment figures, writes Alan Austin. Australia's real...

Westpac and its super arm BT gouge $8 billion from unsuspecting public

The super funds run by banks and financial institutions – many of them major Coalition donors – have been fleecing...

Doing a Bondy: Qld privatised Dalrymple Coal, now buys back when it’s too late

“You only get one Alan Bond in your lifetime, and I’ve had mine,” Kerry Packer once famously proclaimed, after selling...

Disarmament treaty drops bomb on super funds investing in nuclear weapons

Many superannuation funds exclude investment in “controversial weapons” but astoundingly this definition does not include nuclear weapons. However, this will...

Coal Deal in Distress: desperate Dalrymple’s dodgy debt dump

Brookfield's make-up artists are hard at work. They’ve taken “coal” out of the title, hired every broker in town to...

The Coonan Conundrum: PR role puts Crown chairwoman in a morass of conflicts

Crown chair Helen Coonan is chair of a PR firm whose clients have been involved in questionable financial transactions including...

BossKeeper: how JobKeeper lined the pockets of top ASX directors, executives and shareholders

New Zealand and the US compile public registers to ensure their Jobkeeper-type subisidies are not rorted by businesses. But no...

Budget unanimity – a spending feast of least resistance, devoid of ideas and vision – and little ingenuity

A few days after the “budget to beat all budgets” was announced, what is most noticeable is not the expected...

Australia v New Zealand: GDP just a fraction of the picture Mr Treasurer

Comparing the GDP numbers of New Zealand and Australia to try to make a point is a superficial comparison, writes...

Backflips and somersaults – the NBN black comedy takes a new twist

There are those who do back-flips, and triple backward somersaults with a twist. Then there is Communications Minister Paul Fletcher....

Are we there yet? MWI, Australia’s economic momentum

MWI is a weighted index of the most recent published economic data, daily forward-looking market data and present economic sentiment....



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