Richard Holden

Brumadinho dam

Charter of Budget Honesty aside, we can expect assumptions that stretch credulity so the Australian government can maintain its surplus forecast.

High School students

The skills children learn at school have dramatic implications for their own future and the nation's productivity, living standards and income inequality.

Westpac

Board directors of our biggest companies simply aren't equipped to take on management. An idea floated 50 years ago could help.

childcare

High income families could get up to $1,080 per year, others $618, but it could still be worthwhile.

straight road

Australia's secret weapon has been faith in market outcomes combined with a strong social safety set.

compass Australian dollars

The Reserve Bank of Australia says it's prepared to ease monetary policy further if needed to stimulate the economy. But is the policy working when interests rates are so low?

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Other measures might raise as much as her proposed wealth tax, but Democratic front-runner Elizabeth Warren likes big gestures.

superannuation

The inquiry will find we force workers to sacrifice income, pay tens of billions in super tax concessions, and still pay out one in every ten dollars of government earnings on pensions.

building construction

Record low interest rates will almost certainly drive up property prices. But they will also drive down unemployment and boost investment generally.

breaking open the piggybank

Much more needs to be done to accelerate spending and investment, says UNSW Business Professor Richard Holden.

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