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A new dawn over stormy seas: how Labor should manage the economy

ShutterstockLabor has inherited an economy with a pretty full “head of steam”. Domestic demand is growing strongly, fuelled by households flush with cash (and enriched by big inc...

Labour’s fourth ‘well-being budget' still comes up short on the well-being of women

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to parliament via video link from COVID isolation during budget day.Getty ImagesAll budgets are about economics and politics, and 2022’s was no dif...

5 charts show how trust in Australia's leaders and institutions has collapsed

ShutterstockWhatever the result of the 2022 election, one thing is clear: many Australians are losing faith that their social institutions serve their interests. Our annual survey of 4,000 A...

At 3.9%, Australia's unemployment rate now officially begins with '3'. What's next?

ShutterstockEarly in the election campaign, on April 14, we learned that Australia’s unemployment rate had slipped below 4% in March, to 3.95% – the lowest rate in 48 years.But t...

A budget for the ‘squeezed middle’ – but will it be the political circuit-breaker Labour wants?

Getty ImagesOne way to make sense of Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s fifth budget speech was to see it as a political performance working on different levels. First, Labour needs th...

Raiding super early has already left women worse off. Let's not repeat the mistake for home deposits

ShutterstockIn 2020 the Morrison government allowed Australians to raid their superannuation to get through during the pandemic. This week Scott Morrison proposed letting people raid their s...

Proof positive. Real wages are shrinking, Wednesday's figures put it beyond doubt

Shutterstock/The ConversationEvery three months the Bureau of Statistics releases the lesser-known cousin of the consumer price index. It’s called the Wage Price Index (WPI) and it rec...

Are real wages falling? Here's the evidence

ShutterstockYou would be forgiven for being unsure about whether the buying power of wages was rising or falling. On one hand, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says wages are going backwar...

Air of compromise: NZ's Emissions Reduction Plan reveals a climate budget that’s long on planning, short on strategy

Getty ImagesUntil now, the government’s approach to climate action has largely been about getting the policy architecture right. This work is vital, but it’s more about rearrangi...

Elections used to be about costings. Here's what's changed

The last week of campaigns used to be frantic, behind the scenes. In public, right up until the final week, the leaders would make all sorts of promises, many of them expensive, with nary a ...

Will the budget be another missed opportunity to get more New Zealanders out of their cars?

ShutterstockIt would be hard to find someone who’s visited Copenhagen or Amsterdam and complained about too many bikes. And you don’t tend to hear a lot of moaning about too much...

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