Category Archives: Gillard Government

Of razor gangs, budget cuts and the policy mix

In the Channel Nine series Underbelly Razor – as in real life – Sydney’s criminal matriarch Tilly Devine did not hesitate to wield the razor to keep her motley empire in line and protect it against incursion by rival gangs. … Continue reading

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Euro zone a car crash: best keep your eyes on the road

You know how most of the traffic created by a car crash is not the crash itself, but everyone slowing down to have a rubberneck? Well, the same thing can happen with economies. And fair enough, the unfolding car crash … Continue reading

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Tony Abbott-o-nomics, or not…

Economics textbooks are hefty objects. Many a kinked neck and curved spine have resulted from children being forced to lug such weighty tomes between school and home. Whether many students manage to read and absorb the often turgid contents of … Continue reading

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Opponents of mining tax outnumbered 2 to 1

THE majority of Australians support the idea of a mining tax, with supporters outnumbering opponents almost two to one, according to a new survey to be released today (19/09/2011).

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How would an Australian sovereign wealth fund work?

The Reserve Bank Governor, Glenn Stevens, has described the boom in prices for Australia’s commodity exports as the biggest gift to this nation since the 1850s gold rush. But lately, more Australians seem inclined to look this particular gift horse … Continue reading

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Not just kinder, also a cheaper solution

Wouldn’t it just be easier, and cheaper, to process them here? As a desperate Gillard government scans the Pacific for a suitably desolate island on which to stash asylum seekers, it is time to ask: is this the most cost … Continue reading

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Government budgets are not like household budgets

Reckon you could run the federal government’s budget? Would you balance the books, stop the reckless spending and pay off the debt? Think again. Government budgets are not like household budgets. If you could run your household budget under the … Continue reading

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