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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro created a new cryptocurrency called the ‘Petro’ to combat hyperinflation. Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Is authoritarianism bad for the economy? Ask Venezuela – or Hungary or Turkey

When an elected leader turns autocratic, the economy tends to suffer. That's because, in a functioning democracy, economic policy is made jointly, with lawmakers playing a key role.
The economic credentials and plans of the two major parties are shaping up as a big election battleground. www.gotcredit.com

Politics podcast: Michael Keating on a Fair Share

Politics podcast: Michael Keating on a Fair Share. The Conversation54.4 MB (download)
Keating told The Conversation that taxation revenue will need to rise by another 3 percentage points of GDP in the next three decades.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leave the Prime Minister’s office holding copies of the federal budget in Ottawa in March. Would Canada benefit from a Budget Honesty Charter of the type that’s had success in Australia? (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Should Canada emulate Australia with a ‘budget honesty’ charter?

Australia's Charter of Budget Honesty could be easily adopted by Canada. Such a charter can include suggestions for constraints and rules that encourage fiscal discipline.
The budget is a centrepiece of fiscal policy in Australia. Julian Smith/AAP

The real reason Scott Morrison is playing down the budget

Because the budget is a very difficult means of carrying out targeted fiscal policy, it's become more important as a centrepiece for the government's economic strategy.
Much like a Rio Olympics basketball match, the United States’ economy is coming out on top while Australia lags behind. Jim Young/Reuters

Vital Signs: US scores while Australia struggles

The US economy is improving off the back of jobs figures while in Australia, the government is being warned by the Reserve Bank to step up its game.

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