We now need a revolution in our national thinking about debt and deficits.
Michelle Grattan talks with Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher about the week in politics, including coronavirus, the Biosecurity Act and panic-buying, as well as the Australian economy.
Chinese travellers help create about 0.6% of Australia's GDP. How long we keep them out will make a difference to economic growth.
The idea there is no government fate worse than debt is misleading at best.
Charter of Budget Honesty aside, we can expect assumptions that stretch credulity so the Australian government can maintain its surplus forecast.
Following increasing calls for stimulus to be injected into the economy, the government will outline an infrastructure bring-forward of A$3.8 billion over the next four years.
Treasury Secretary Steven Kennedy says its up to the Reserve Bank to boost the economy. In normal times, that's not his job.
Record low interest rates will almost certainly drive up property prices. But they will also drive down unemployment and boost investment generally.
After decades of research showing the link between union power and wages growth, government economists don't want to talk about it.
The Australian government's approach to economic growth is strictly conventional, and may be leading to the wrong policies.
Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple.
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Two Queensland-based experts discuss what so many politicians and pundits get wrong about the Sunshine State – and what its citizens are crying out for.
The Stage 3 cuts would make Australia's income tax system the least progressive in 60 years.
Household wealth in Australia has taken its biggest dive since the global financial crisis. But it's not all doom and gloom.
The Reserve Bank cut interest rates on Tuesday because we weren't spending or pushing up prices at the rate it wanted. On Wednesday we might find things are worse than it thought.
Putting employee directors on Australian boards is seriously back on the agenda for the first time since the 1970s.
All you need to know about the 2019-20 federal budget in our simple at-a-glance graphic.
The government wants this election to be all about tax. The tax cuts you will get, now and later. And the “higher taxes” that Bill Shorten would impose.
Peter Costello's Future Fund is funding the apparent elimination of government debt.
It's a cash splash worthy of Rudd, and it will push an extra $3.5 billion into the economy within weeks.
Booming global commodity prices have masked the impacts of a weakening economy. With luck, the budget will be the shot it needs.