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A sluggish building climate is leading construction companies to trim costs, pursue smaller projects and divest in larger non-performing ones, writes John Heath Roberts.

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The National Innovation and Science Agenda released by Malcolm Turnbull this week is the first important step along the path to significant structural change in Australia’s economy, writes Les Field.

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Running government finances isn’t like running a household, or a business. It’s much more like being a car mechanic, writes Richard Holden. 

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In the lead up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is Australia doing overall, asks Raja Junankar.

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The Abbott government is lining itself up as a purist in the neoclassical economics camp and business and the unemployed alike won't be spared, writes Lindy Edwards. 

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Despite a topsy turvy global economy, inflation has remained stable in Australia and we should expect more of the same, writes James Morley. 

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We live in an unprecedented time in human history where the limits to population growth and economic development are in clear sight, write Bruce Henry and Isaac Donnelly.

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Time will tell if the Productivty Commission’s assessment on lifting the retirement age will galvanise constructive debate and action, writes Rafal Chomik. 

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Tony Abbott deserves credit for understanding that now is not the time for a balanced budget crusade, writes Geoffrey Garrett. 

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Tony Abbott’s about-face on delivering a surplus in his first term is smart politics and good policy, writes Geoffrey Garrett.

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