Business & Law

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If there is one thing our politicians agree on, it is that Australia's federal system is broken, writes George Williams.

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The 1967 referendum fell far short in giving people what they thought they were voting for, and in giving Aboriginal people what they wanted from it, write Gabrielle Appleby and Gemma McKinnon. 

tax

When Q&A host Tony Jones asked if wealthy people should pay more tax, the AiGroup’s Innes Willox said that Australia already has one of the highest progressive tax rates in the developed world. Is that true?

salary

Investor loans continue to rise, unemployment ticks down, wages growth remains distressingly low and consumers are unconvinced the budget will improve their financial situation, writes Richard Holden.

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Experts from UNSW Business School have given their independent analysis of the Federal Budget 2017 in a lively roundtable discussion in Sydney’s CBD.

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Bank levies, NDIS backing and housing affordability: all you need to know about the impacts of the federal budget.

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The conviction of Jakarta’s Christian Governor Ahok on blasphemy charges is a sign of the tensions at the heart of Indonesia’s legal system, writes Melissa Crouch.

bank robbery

Given the lack of competition in the sector, it won’t be the banks’ shareholders who pay for the new $6 billion levy. It will be mortgage holders and other customers, writes Richard Holden.

House dream

The 'first home super saver scheme' is bad economics, somewhat costly, and a cruel hoax on prospective buyers who are struggling with an out-of-control housing market, writes Richard Holden.

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The private equity consortium bidding for Fairfax has experience in media – and it's not all bad, writes Mark Humphrey-Jenner.

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