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Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University is Asia and the Pacific’s leading graduate public policy school. Crawford School is home to influential publications including the journal Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, and publications such as East Asia Forum, Dev Policy Blog, Policy Forum, Solutions, and Advance.

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Treasurer Frydenberg says he is not worried that we are saving rather than spending our budget tax cuts. His goal was merely to “put more money in pockets”. Lukas Coch/AAP

GDP update: spending dips and saving soars as we stash rather than spend our tax cuts

Spending growth has fallen to financial crisis lows. Per person, economic growth and spending has gone backwards. Josh Frydenberg isn't ruling out action in the pre-Christmas budget update.
Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe (right) says he needs government help to boost the economy. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is yet to provide it. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

We asked 13 economists how to fix things. All back the RBA governor over the treasurer

Every one of the 13 economists surveyed by The Conversation thinks more stimulus is needed. None think it should all come from the Reserve Bank. Most think the budget surplus can wait.
Ice floe adrift in Vincennes Bay in the Australian Antarctic Territory. There are fears efforts to combat global warming will be undermined by double counting of carbon credits. AAP/Torsten Blackwood

Double counting of emissions cuts may undermine Paris climate deal

Nations are struggling to agree on how international carbon trading should work under the Paris accord. A weak result would undermine global efforts to fight climate change.
There’s broad support from communities and farmers for proper water audits. John/Flickr

Paddling blind: why we urgently need a water audit

How can Australia's new Inspector General be expected to inspect waterways without a firm grasp of how much water in in them?
Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Guy Debelle, Governor Philip Lowe, and assistant governors Luci Ellis and Michele Bullock at Friday’s parliamentary hearing in Canberra. Lukas Coch/AAP

RBA update: Governor Lowe points to even lower rates

The Reserve Bank's best case scenario is that its forecasts are wrong.

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