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Superannuation’s influence on the Australian financial sector mostly balances out. www.shutterstock.com

Business Briefing: what super is doing to banking and finance

Business Briefing: what super is doing to banking and finance. The Conversation10 MB (download)
New research modelled how an increase in the superannuation guarantee would affect the finance sector and the results show it all balances out.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is part of a faction which embraces patronage politics. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Economic exclusion feeds the politics of patronage in South Africa

It is common to reduce the politics of the ANC to a battle between personalities. A closer look suggest that this is a fight between two factions, both of them products of trends in the economy.
Banking inquiries in their current form serve as political theatre, rather than as a genuine form of accountability. Lukas Coch/AAP

Banking inquiry findings – ask the wrong questions get the wrong answers

Members of House Standing Committee on Economics should be asking the directors of Australia's Big Four banks (not the CEOs) different questions, if they really want the right answers.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO Ian Narev attends the parliamentary inquiry into the banking system. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Business Briefing: fixing culture in banking and finance

Business Briefing: fixing culture in banking and finance. The Conversation19.7 MB (download)
"Banking culture" has drawn a lot of scrutiny this year, after several high-profile scandals. But Professor Paul Kofman says there isn't much evidence for how to intervene if there's a problem.
The RBA noted the forecast large increases in supply in some inner-city apartment markets as a concerning risk. Mick Tsikas/AAP

The risks in Australia’s housing market shouldn’t be downplayed

There are still a number of factors pointing to the risk in Australia's housing market that the Reserve Bank hasn't noted in its latest risk analysis.
Projects to adapt to climate change have come a long way since the 1960s when piles of cars were used to fight beach erosion. Griffith University

Australian investors want bankable projects that help us adapt to climate change

To pay for the increasing costs of climate change Australia should have green bonds that finance projects that help us adapt. However research shows there are barriers to financing these bonds.

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