US Fed Chair Janet Yellen is worried about the slowdown in job creation.
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GDP growth that doesn't translate into income is no cause for celebration.
Was Nick Xenophon right about debt?
Independent senator Nick Xenophon told Q&A that foreign debt is approaching $1 trillion, up from $74 billion the previous year. Is that right?
Was Steven Ciobo right about Australia’s economic growth?
Trade Minister Steven Ciobo told Q&A viewers that Australia has had 25 years of continuous economic growth, and is the only country in the world with a period of growth that long. Is that true?
Unemployment figures don’t always tell the full story when it comes to the state of jobs in Australia.
Business Briefing: jobs and growth in an election.
What is the current state of jobs in this election campaign? This podcast explores what really creates jobs and whether or not politicians have much say in it.
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Watch out on budget day for how creative Treasury assumptions are on inflation.
Everyone wants to believe in unicorns…
They're the lines you sometimes hear before or after budgets from governments and commentators of all persuasions. The problem is they go against reality.
Ratings agency Moody’s is worried about the trajectory of Australia’s government debt.
This week the IMF warns of secular stagnation while Moody's ponders a credit downgrade for Australia if GST and negative gearing are not tackled.
Governments need to put youth at the forefront of policy making.
Poor economic performance and high levels of skilled migration are standing in the way of young Australians entering the labour market for the first time.
Australians are not averse to taking risks.
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The success of Australia's primary industries could provide a pathway to a new incarnation.
The RBA puts too much weight on the benefit of a low dollar in the modern Australian economy.
Expect the higher dollar to put strong downward pressure on already low interest rates.
Malcolm Turnbull’s best election bet, from an economic standpoint, might be measures to improve confidence.
Popular wisdom holds that conservatives manage the economy better than their progressive counterparts, but recent data from the US and Australia does not bear this out.
The long campaigns of the US election give candidates more opportunities to come unstuck.
Longer campaigns suggest the government is confident in its ability to debate the issues, but also give it more chances to get caught out.
RBA Governor Glenn Stevens is likely to be out jawboning the Australian dollar again this week.
Once again the US-AUD exchange rate has monetary policymakers worried.
Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens and US Fed Chair Janet Yellen are facing the same problems.
Both the US and Australia face a global economy that is in deep, deep trouble.
The process of human development relies on declining inequality.
Inequality is now centre stage in policy debate.
ECB’s Mario Draghi on lower rates: “The answer is no.”
This week: a range of confidence measures, from not great to interesting for Australia; ECB confirms negative rates and further stimulus.
The economic uncertainty index shows there is still a need for strong policy responses to events that shock the economy.
The Reserve Bank of Australia has created a new index for uncertainty in the Australian economy based on news, financial indicators and economic variables.
Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens has a new fan.
This week: the Australian economy exceeds expectations, while China continues to worry. RBA Governor Glenn Stevens has reason to smile, Janet Yellen less so.
Government spending, in part, reflects the policy commitments and borrowings of previous governments.
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Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen told journalists that since the last federal election, the government has had spending as a percentage of GDP at GFC levels. Is that right?