Richard Holden

Budget 2016

In the lead up to the federal budget on May 3, five experts, including UNSW's Richard Holden, dispel some of the most common myths associated with government finances.

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We need to look beyond the statistics, slogans, and spin to uncover the real impact of the upcoming federal budget, writes Richard Holden.

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The IMF warns of secular stagnation while Moody’s ponders a credit downgrade for Australia if GST and negative gearing are not tackled, writes Richard Holden.


The RBA leaves interest rates on hold and talks down the Aussie dollar, job ads point to Australian labour-market weakness, and the US Fed still worries about the global economy, writes Richard Holden.

Donald Trump

Long election campaigns give candidates more opportunities to come unstuck, writes Richard Holden.

NSW Parliament

Turnbull's tax reform proposal would have made the states tax and spend efficiently, and compete for advantage. No wonder they hated it, writes Richard Holden.

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This week the rising Aussie dollar gives the RBA cause for concern, credit-fuelled spending slows, and US unemployment ticks up amid growing US confidence, writes Richard Holden.

US Australia money

Both the US and Australia face a global economy that is in deep, deep trouble, writes Richard Holden.


Owner-occupiers and foreign investors will drive new housing even if tax incentives for investors are taken away, write Richard Holden and Saul Eastlake.

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Three important measures of confidence in the Australian economy were released this week, writes Richard Holden.