Business & Law

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Feelings of loss and helplessness often drive unhealthy behaviours, a fact used by marketers to boost sales. But consumers can fight back, writes Nitika Garg.

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The terminology used by treasurers in recent decades reflects serious conceptual misunderstandings of how real economies work, writes Geoff Harcourt.

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Constantly changing the law after media outcries over particular cases produces distortions in the law for short-term political gain, writes David Brown.

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“The Economics of Everything” by federal MP Andrew Leigh is a fascinating introduction to some of Australia’s most entertaining applied economic research, writes Gigi Foster.

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A recent decision to allow a family from Tuvalu to stay in New Zealand has been hailed as the first legal recognition of “climate refugees”. But this is not so, writes Jane McAdam.

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The extent to which changes to Australia's anti-terrorism laws would expand the powers of government at the expense of citizens is unexpected and quite shocking, writes George Williams. 

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Poke a Russian bear with a trade stick and he will retaliate. That's the lesson facing Australian exporters in the wake of the MH17 disaster, says UNSW Business School’s Tim Harcourt.

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Minds are now focused on whether the US Federal Reserve will move to raise its near zero interest rates following two pieces of conflicting economic data, writes Glen Otto.

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The government’s proposals to restrict Australians travelling to war zones, while not as invasive as some measures adopted overseas, do impose an onerous burden on travellers, writes Sangeetha Pillai. 

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Decent trade unionists should embrace the opportunity that is now presented to showcase modern standards of governance and accountability that will guarantee another century of service, writes Robert McClelland.

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