19 March 2020
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
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
The Government needs to produce a second stimulus package, and quickly. Here’s what it should look like.
12 March 2020
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
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
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
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
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
The Government has quietly removed its spending straitjacket. The obvious question is — why?
16 December 2019
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.