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Treasurer Josh Frydneberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcing the next steps on Tuesday. Lukas Coch/AAP

Bowing out gracefully: how they’ll wind down JobKeeper

The new slimmed-down and tapered JobKeeper is an improvement, but it'll interact with JobSeeker in odd ways.
Lochiel Park in South Australia has demonstrated the benefits of building homes to a higher standard – a minimum 7.5-star rating in this case. Stephen Berry/UniSA

HomeBuilder misses a chance to make our homes perform better for us and the planet

There has never been a better time for public money to go into improving the performance of Australian housing. We could have cut household bills and emissions, as well as saving construction jobs.
Johnstone Shire Hall was the birthplace of an ambitious partnership between 11 local governments in 1944. Together, they led a regional post-war reconstruction agenda in North Queensland. State Library of Queensland

Lessons from history point to local councils’ role in Australia’s recovery

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, regional Australia needs local government to emulate the example of the local councils that brought prosperity to North Queensland after the second world war.
Federal Labor and the party’s current leader, Anthony Albanese, have been advocating high-speed rail since they were last in government. Lukas Coch/AAP

Look beyond a silver bullet train for stimulus

The federal opposition’s idea for a bullet train from Melbourne to Brisbane is not a good use of a generation’s worth of infrastructure spending. It won't even work as an economic stimulus.

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