Richard Holden

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The 2022-23 budget is the result of a good plan, well executed. But whichever party next takes government must close the deficit gap – without resorting to austerity.

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It’s time for a new brand of democratic liberalism that understands and harnesses power of markets for social and economic good.

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Australia’s GDP was up 3.4 per cent last quarter of 2021, on the back of pent-up consumer spending. Other factors must drive future growth.

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Adjusting tax brackets in line with inflation would ensure voters who wanted more government spending would also have to vote for more tax.

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A tighter labour market than in the past is now needed to drive real wages growth.

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For many small businesses the past month has been the most difficult period of the pandemic. Australia needs a better plan to help more survive.

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There’s no reason why Australian lenders couldn’t offer 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, as they do in the US.

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The case for the RBA increasing interest rates certainly exists. But it’s far less pressing than in the United States.

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Governments should tell us everything they know about infections, hospitalisations and deaths. So why aren’t they?

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The NSW government’s announcement of a $1000 fine for failing to report a positive voluntary rapid antigen test will likely achieve the opposite of its intention.

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