19 March 2020

COVID-19: The economic rescue package must target households as well as businesses

Two policies should form the centrepiece of Stimulus Two: wage and rental relief for businesses, and cash for affected workers. It will be costly and controversial, but it must be done.

18 March 2020

COVID-19: Let’s enlist childcare workers as nannies for health workers

It’s an unusual plan, but we are living in unusual times. Here’s why it makes sense, and how it could work.

18 March 2020

Talking straight on COVID-19: the economic effects will be ugly

The Government needs to produce a second stimulus package, and quickly. Here’s what it should look like.

12 March 2020

The Prime Minister’s stimulus message: go hard, go early, go business

The Federal Government has generally made the right calls in its $18 billion package. But it must stand ready to do more, in the likely event that coronavirus containment measures such as the widespread closure of schools and workplaces are enacted.

11 March 2020

Recession is nearly inevitable. The question now is how deep and how long

We must ensure that no worker exposed to coronavirus avoids going into isolation because they fear they can’t afford it. In these circumstances, cash handouts are both an economic and a public health measure.

13 February 2020

Vested interests, money, and the democratic deficit

Australia needs to bridge the growing gulf between citizen and state, starting with new rules of engagement in the ‘grey zone’: where economic power is converted into political influence.

4 February 2020

How big money influenced the 2019 federal election

The latest political donations data release exposes significant vulnerabilities in Australia’s democracy. Here’s what we should do to fix the system.

2 February 2020

Super isn’t a path to a bigger pay rise

If employers don’t feel pressed to give wage rises, why would they feel pressed to absorb an increase in compulsory super contributions?

22 January 2020

New year, new strategy? Unheralded change to budget targets creates space for stimulus

The Government has quietly removed its spending straitjacket. The obvious question is — why?

16 December 2019

Five things MYEFO tells us about the economy and the nation’s finances

The pre-Christmas economic update confirms that low wage growth is the new normal — and that the Federal Government will need to exercise extraordinary spending restraint if it is to make the surplus forecasts stick.