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Changes to superannuation legislation have had a cooling effect on arts investment in recent years. Image: An old bee farm (c. 1900) by Clara Southern. National Gallery of Victoria

Friday essay: The Australian art market has flatlined. What can be done to revive it?

Don't blame the global financial crisis. The Australian art market has performed poorly over the last decade - but there is plenty of growth potential.
“We’d be mad not to learn the lessons” of the election result, said Chalmers on Labor’s way ahead. Joel Carrett/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Jim Chalmers on the need to change economic course

Jim Chalmers on the need to change economic course. The Conversation, CC BY35.9 MB (download)
In this podcast, Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers argues the government can have both a more stimulatory policy and a surplus going forward.
Frydgenberg commits to remaining royal commission recommendations requiring legislation to be introduced by the end of 2020. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Frydenberg outlines financial sector reform timetable

"The need for change is undeniable," says Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, issuing a timetable for dealing with recommendations from the royal commission into banking, superannuation and financial services.
The avocado latte is indeed a thing, but young Australians are spending less on luxuries than they used to, while older Australians are spending more. Shutterstock

For the first time in a long time, we’re setting up a generation to be worse off than the one before it

A new Grattan Institute study finds that for the first time in a long time, young Australians are no better off than those who came before, and are likely to do worse.
Failure to further strengthen the compulsory super system would be disadvantageous to many future retirees and be an added burden on a later generation of taxpayers. Shutterstock

Grattan on Friday: How ‘guaranteed’ is a rise in the superannuation guarantee?

Liberal senator Andrew Bragg is one of the Coalition backbenchers who oppose the scheduled superannuation guarantee rise to 12%. They are looking to the retirement incomes inquiry to leverage change.
Morrison has trouble keeping his backbenchers in line, as they rebel on issues like superannuation and Newstart. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Morrison finds some cats defy herding

This week, Morrison told his backbench to keep their opinions in line or internal, appointed a man he's personally close to as his new head of the Prime Minister's department, and put the public service in its place.

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