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Infographic: the size of Australia's government

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison says the government, like families, must live within its means.Mick Tsikas/AAPAhead of this year’s federal budget the government has consistently spoken of the need for Australia to “live within its m...

FactCheck: was Barnaby Joyce right about Australia's debt under Labor?

… when John Howard handed government over to the Labor Party and then the Labor, Green, independent alliance, Australia was owed tens of billions of dollars by the world. When they handed government back to us, all your listeners owed the...

To get more people to pay taxes, Indonesia should stamp out corruption by officials at the top

Petty public corruption cannot be ignored, but to gain the biggest "bang for the buck" in tax collection the government should focus on stamping out corruption by top officials. cesc_assawin/www.shutterstock.comIt’s vital for Indonesia, wh...

Productivity Commission's recommendations on IP reform likely to be lost in election haze

Recommendations on intellectual property are likely to be filed away. Flickr/Ross, CC BYThe Productivity Commission aspires to act as the Government’s economic conscience, providing advice that from a neoliberal mindset is rational, but ma...

Vital Signs: deflation Down Under?

ratesImage sourced from Shutterstock.comVital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the d...

Big ticket infrastructure projects may woo voters, but it's value-for-money that matters

Value-for-money is a concept that surprisingly isn't at the forefront of infrastructure planning.Image sourced from www.shutterstock.comIt is hotly tipped the federal government will announce new funding for infrastructure projects in next week&...