So long and thanks for all the fish
By Robert Merkel on March 11, 2013
By the standards of the developed world, Australia’s economic performance over the past few years has been exceptional. But why is there a perception round the traps that, more than just so-so, the economy is poor under the Gillard government?
By Mark Bahnisch on August 23, 2011
After campaigning against the Carbon Tax, BlueScope Steel is being cruelled by the lack of a proper Resources Rent Tax.
By Guest Poster on August 22, 2011
Am I the only person who is thoroughly sick of the neoliberals and right-wingers carping on about the evils of the welfare state? It was, after all, they who invented it.
By Robert Merkel on June 10, 2011
It seems like the release of monthly employment data passed almost without comment yesterday. The lack of interest – if you’ll pardon the pun, it seemed the major focus of commentary was the data’s likely effect on the deliberations of […]
By Guest Poster on August 19, 2010
During the election campaign, LP will be cross-posting selected items from the Centre for Policy Development’s discussion of policy issues, Thinking Points. Readers may also be interested in the CPD’s collection of policy ideas and priorities for the next term, […]
By Kim on August 18, 2010
One of the strange things about watching Tony Abbott on Q&A the other night is that he doesn’t actually appear to be a quick thinker. Any sort of question sees him raise his eyes to heaven in search of inspiration. […]
By Robert Merkel on August 2, 2010
By Robert Merkel on February 16, 2010
We’ll never know for sure, but the stimulus package probably saved several hundred lives. There are quite a number of studies examining the adverse health effects of unemployment. It seems that many do find an adverse impact. A survey in […]
By Mark Bahnisch on January 20, 2010
News is just coming in that Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts has been lost by the Democrat, Martha Coakley, to the Republicans’ Scott Brown. FiveThirtyEight.Com has the margin at 52-47 and that blog will be well worth watching for […]
By Guest Poster on October 1, 2009
From The Australia Institute’s ‘Between the Lines’: The Australia Institute has recommended that the unemployment benefit be increased in line with community standards, which basically means providing for the unemployed as we do our pensioners and disabled. Another way of […]
By Mark Bahnisch on September 29, 2009
[Via SocProf] Remember how all economic ills could be cured by cutting wages and trashing labour protections? How the US economy was a shining beacon of low unemployment and enterprise? The whole Washington Consensus package… Writing in Social Europe Journal, […]