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Land Banking: red tape and a dearth of housing supply are a myth

Developers limit construction in all sorts of ways to maximise profits – from building in stages to reducing the number...

Jeffrey Knapp on John Lennon and the Big 4: give public interest a chance

KPMG and the other Big Four audit firms are at a crossroads. Their work with multinational clients to skirt ethical...

Are Thatcherism and Reaganomics your best answers, Josh?

Thatcherism and Reaganomics led to huge transfers of income and wealth from the poor to the rich. Increasing the tax...

Australia’s super funds pay up to 33% less tax than advertised

The tax paid by superannuation funds on their earnings is often less than 10%, much lower than the headline rate...

Mathias Cormann leaves a legacy of losses as Finance Minister

On nearly every economic indicator of wellbeing, Australians have gone backwards in the past six years of the Coalition government....

Do the grandchildren really pay the debt? The problem with Scott Morrison’s plan for recovery, and MMT

The Government's plan for economic recovery is wrong. Michael West investigates Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and the false assumption that...

Westpac’s pursuit of profit “placed children directly at risk of harm”

In 2018, when Westpac executives skimped on embedding proper controls to track financial crimes, they earned significant bonuses after reporting...

HomeBuilder: a sneaky plan for the Coalition’s franking credits crew to collar the pension?

Is the Morrison Government's HomeBuilder scheme another case of pork-barrelling which targets the Liberal base? Financial adviser Harry Chemay says...

Minerals Council demands “reform” while its members pay little or no tax

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, various vested interests have been lobbying for the reforms they’d like governments to deliver under the...

Lendlease and Blue Care join throng of large corporations cheating JobKeeper

Why is Lendlease claiming JobKeeper? What is Queensland's largest private sector employer, Blue Care, doing claiming JobKeeper when its revenues...

Revolving Doors: want a high-paid job at the bank? Become a politician

Australia's banking sector is a haven for government ministers, prime ministers, state premiers and a slew of top bureaucrats. Our...

Government debt deepening rapidly – well before COVID-19

The Coalition won the 2013 federal election beating their chest about Labor's "debt and deficit". Thanks to COVID-19, we're unlikely...



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