10 August 2020

The RBA should come off the sidelines and play an unconventional game

In response to the COVID recession, the Bank should consider negative interest rates, and purchasing a broader range of financial assets beyond three-year government bonds.

3 August 2020

Australia won’t recover unless Victoria does too

The Federal Government must provide more support to ensure as many Victorian businesses and households as possible survive the state’s Stage 4 lockdown.

22 July 2020

How to get both JobKeeper and JobSeeker

Treasury expects 1.5 million people to be on JobSeeker by the end of the year, and about 245,000 to receive both JobSeeker and JobKeeper. That will leave about 1.25 million to get by on the lower JobSeeker alone.

21 July 2020

Why JobSeeker should be raised permanently

A $100-a-week rise is not extravagant. It would still leave Australia’s unemployment benefit as one of the lowest in the OECD.

29 June 2020

How to get Australians back to work

A return to ‘full employment’ by mid-2022 will require an extra $70 billion to $90 billion of economic stimulus.

4 June 2020

The PM’s HomeBuilder scheme is classic retail politics but lousy economics

Funding new or refurbished social housing would be a better way to support construction jobs and stimulate the economy — and it would help some of Australia’s most vulnerable.

1 June 2020

Money for social housing, not home buyers grants, is the key to construction stimulus

Funding social housing won’t provide windfalls for developers. But it will keep construction workers on the job and help some of Australia’s most vulnerable.

29 May 2020

Unaffordable housing is the biggest threat to a comfortable retirement

Most Australians are comfortable in retirement, provided they own their homes. But we’re failing retirees who rent.

8 March 2020

Higher super means a needless cut in working pay

Should you be worried about your retirement? The superannuation lobby wants you to be. But the evidence tells another, more comforting story.

24 November 2019

Super: you can have too much of a good thing

Higher compulsory superannuation wouldn’t tackle the biggest challenge facing our retirement incomes system: retirees who rent. They are at severe risk of poverty because rent assistance is inadequate.