14 May 2020

Beware the fiscal cliff: why Australia urgently needs an economic transition plan

Transitioning the economy from emergency settings to business as usual will not be easy, but there’s no imperative to do it suddenly.

31 March 2020

COVID-19: The PM’s $130b wage subsidy scheme gets marks for scale and substance

It’s not perfect, but it should give Australia a fighting change of weathering the worst of the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis.

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.

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.

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?

20 June 2019

Why super is a burden on the budget

Compulsory superannuation saves the government money on pensions — but nowhere near enough to pay for the accompanying tax concessions. Lifting compulsory contributions will make things worse, for a century.

1 April 2019

Expect a budget that breaks the intergenerational bargain

Working-age Australians, as a group, pay more in taxes than they receive in either benefits or spending. These contributions support older Australians who take a lot more out in spending and pension payments than they contribute in taxes. Today’s working-age Australians expect the generation after them to support them in the same way as they age. But this longstanding intergenerational bargain is under threat.

27 March 2019

Australia’s long-standing generational bargain is under threat

Let’s hope Australians can discuss generational fairness without it descending into generational warfare. Because none of us would want our legacy to be mortgaging our children’s environment and their economic future.

27 March 2019

Treasurer should hold off on budget victory lap

Let’s see whether Josh Frydenberg banks or blows recent windfalls. Because any claim to superior fiscal management that relies on the promise of future fiscal rectitude and economic good luck is on shaky ground indeed.