Is the surplus fetish distracting the Government from the real economic challenges? Ian McAuley finds glimpses of Labor values in an otherwise short-sighted budget. In the Budget is a glimmer of traditional Labor principles. Although it is tough… more
CPD authors find a lot of blinkered thinking in the race to a surplus. Here’s what you will find in the Budget 2011 edition of InSight.
How did a gathering of professional economists rate the policies of the two major parties? And how does the Coalition’s rhetoric about economic management sit against its record? Ian McAuley reports from the Australian Economic Forum
Women voters are a hot topic this election campaign – so why isn’t there more talk about equal pay, asks Kath McDermott
The CPI will be released this week but Ian McAuley isn’t confident that the announcement will be accompanied by rational debate on interest rates
The government’s announced reforms to the tax concession further undermines the potential of superannuation to significantly contribute to either the assets available to workers when they retire or the fiscal sustainability of the Budget as the population ages. Currently, the… more
Ian McAuley draws our attention to a report that Chris Bowen, Minister for Financial Services, released in the sleepy season – the Johnson report on the finance sector
Ben Spies-Butcher questions claims that the Liberals’ flat tax proposals are either simpler or fairer.
John Quiggin calls for, if not a People’s bank, at least a new inquiry into the financial system.