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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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John Howard called an election a fortnight after announcing the GST on August 13 1998, which he only narrowly won. National Archives of Australia

Cabinet papers 1998-99: how the GST became unstoppable

The introduction of the GST got off to a wobbly start, but has since become accepted as the Australian way of paying for things.
Research shows public playgrounds don’t have the negative effect on property prices that some residents apparently fear. Romrodphoto/Shutterstock

That public playground is good for your kids and your wallet

Having a public playground in your neighbourhood can add value to your property.
If all goes well, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg might just deliver his tiny projected surpluses, but it isn’t clear why he should. Lukas Coch/AAP

Surplus before spending. Frydenberg’s risky MYEFO strategy

The treasurer has pulled out all stops to continue to forecast budget surpluses, but they are low, and don't take account of several likely costs.
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.

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