Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott: unable to successfully argue the case for economic reform?
Tony Abbott says sound economic management is in the DNA of the Liberals. So what went wrong?
Joe Hockey has made no secret of his republican leanings, yet his right to seek to revive debate on the issue has been questioned.
It has significant public support across party lines, but politicians who advocate Australia becoming a republic are likely to have their priorities and even their right to do so questioned.
G20 finance ministers will need to do more than talk to deliver improved economic growth.
Without true structural reform and business investment the G20 economies will be unable to deliver on their lofty growth ambitions.
What Tony Abbott himself claims as his government’s achievements are all reversals of previous policies.
So far, Tony Abbott has failed to position himself as anything more than an opposition leader who has been given power and is unsure what to do with it.
The great failure of Tony Abbott’s leadership is that he had not been able to transcend his innate instinct for conflict.
Tony Abbott, who won power two years ago on Monday, is most at home in combat, whether on the domestic campaign trail or escalating Australia's commitment to a battle abroad.
Treasurer Joe Hockey said Australia is not heading for a recession.
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Australia has had 24 years of consistent growth. Is it all about to come to a crashing end?
Joe Hockey’s approach to reform would be to treat voters as consumers, with promises of lower taxes and more wealth.
Good societies with secure public systems will increase investment much faster than company or personal tax cuts.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Joe Hockey’s difficulty in carrying the economic reform case was obvious this week.
There's an ad on TV that starts: "If you were me, what would you do next?" If I were Tony Abbott, I'd scheme to get a new treasurer without the existing one blowing me up.
If the tax cuts are paid for partly by expenditure restraint on health, welfare, spending benefits are likely to be negligible.
Hockey's call to cut personal income taxes to improve economic growth sounds reasonable - but this is too simplistic.
Australian depositors are already protected under existing legislation, so why do we need a deposit levy?
The federal government's decision to implement a deposit levy may increase the costs of banking in Australia without improving the stability of the system.
Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement Peter FitzSimons at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday.
As if he did not have enough problems, Joe Hockey has just created another one for himself and his colleagues. His agreement – announced by Peter FitzSimons, chair of the Australian Republican Movement…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks with a child after laying a wreath on Eddie Mabo’s grave on Mer Island in the Torres Strait on Monday.
I think it is a bit out of control and I think it’s important … not just to talk about tighter management … but actually do it. Tony Abbott would have been absolutely right – if he had been speaking about…
Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses a forum of Tax Institute and Chartered Accountants from Australia and New Zealand, on Monday.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has delivered yet another address saying income tax cuts must be given. That gets him an easy headline but tells us very little about the government’s plans. Hockey has also given…
Qantas shareholders have been patient, proof the market will drop short-term horizons if it is convinced management has a plausible strategy.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has agreement from the states on one aspect of the GST.
GST will be applied to all online goods, starting from 2017, following a meeting of state and federal treasurers.
“The problem is we have an over-reliance on personal income tax to support our revenue base. Our largest source of tax revenue is personal income tax.”
Treasurer Joe Hockey is right when he says Australia's taxation level is the second highest among OECD countries. But when it is compared to GDP, it's a different story.
Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey said half of all income tax in Australia comes from just 10% of workers.
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Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey told the ABC this week that 50% of all income tax in Australia is paid by 10% of the working population. Is that statement supported by the data?
Treasurer Joe Hockey has been left with a huge bill in his defamation case against Fairfax Media.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has declared he does not regret suing Fairfax for defamation, despite being hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket.
Joe Hockey’s successful defamation case against Fairfax Media raises questions about the extent to which politicians should be able to sue in relation to publications about their public conduct.
Hockey v Fairfax illustrates that recent legal and technological developments still pose challenges for defamation law, which has not been reformed to keep pace with these changes.