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Financial stress in 3 graphs: there's fewer of us in it, but for those who are, it's worse

HARRYZH/ShutterstockThe good news from new research conducted by the Australian National University for Social Ventures Australia and the Brotherhood of St Laurence is that fewer of us are ...

COVID-19 cost more in 2020 than the world's combined natural disasters in any of the past 20 years

www.shutterstock.comWhat have we lost because of the pandemic? According to our calculations, a lot — and many of the worst hit countries and regions are far from world media attention...

To abandon vaccination targets is to abandon the mantle of leadership

The Australian government has abandoned its ambitious targets to have the adult population vaccinated by the end of October. It has, in fact, abandoned having any target.We all sometimes fin...

Christine Holgate's 'principal' error was applying corporate logic to Australia Post

Papin Lab/ShutterstockPerhaps the most important lesson from the Christine Holgate controversy is that the confluence of sexism and politics leads to double standards for female executives.B...

Did somebody say workers' rights? Three big questions about Menulog's employment plan

Menulog, Australia’s second-largest food ordering and delivery platform, has declared it will break with the standard “gig platform” business model and engage some of its c...

With the trans-Tasman travel bubble about to open, how much should the tourism industry get its hopes up?

www.shutterstock.comBy this time next week flights between New Zealand and Australia will have been taking off and landing for roughly 48 hours. The quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel bubbl...

Home prices are climbing alright, but not for the reason you might think

It’s tempting to think home prices are soaring because there aren’t enough homes.But that can’t explain the sudden takeoff from about the year 2000, the sudden takeoff from...

Not wiped out. Even after the collapse of Greensill, there's time to save Whyalla

Tudoran Andrei/ShutterstockWiping off Whyalla has become something of a macabre sport.All manner of things have been said to be about to destroy the steelworks town, including (briefly) the ...

Resistance to raising the minimum wage reflects obsolete economic thinking

Fewer than 2% of Australian employees work for the minimum wage (now $19.84 an hour). But the federal Fair Work Commission’s annual decision on how much to increase the minimum wage al...

New Zealand’s new housing policy is really just a new tax package — and it’s a shambles

GettyImagesEconomists like to talk about “optimal policy instruments” — essentially, policies that achieve their objectives more effectively or efficiently than the alterna...

Housing affordability is a problem. Here's why super-for-housing isn’t a solution

The idea that young Australians should be able to dip into their super to help buy their first home keeps going round and round. The most recent iteration put forward by the Coalition’...

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