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The world is retreating from globalisation. What does it mean for us?

The world is retreating from globalisation. What does it mean for us?

The evidence is everywhere, the trend clear. From riots among farmers from Europe to India, to a shift towards the political extremes across the developed world and ongoing conflict in the Middle East and Africa, political unrest appears to be on the rise. In the US, once the bastion of free market enterprise, a man...

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Taxpayers warned the public may have to prop up Australia Post

Taxpayers warned the public may have to prop up Australia Post

In short: Budget documents say there is a risk Australia Post will need financial assistance from taxpayers in the future Australia Post most recently posted a profit, but its long term outlook is more uncertain? What’s next? Australia Post is undergoing a modernisation plan to adjust to a decline in the use of letters The...

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Australia’s housing crisis in 10 graphs, from the federal budget

Australia’s housing crisis in 10 graphs, from the federal budget

The Albanese government knows Australia has a housing problem. It says the country is suffering from “historic underinvestment” in housing that’s created a significant supply shortage. In its 2024-25 budget, it has dedicated an entire chapter to the crisis — a sign of how seriously the issue is considered. “Australia’s housing system has been unable...

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Is this the end of small government?

Is this the end of small government?

The government is getting back into business. In a move that has horrified the economic purists and overturned half a century of developed nation dogma, Australia has joined the United States and Europe in winding back the clock to an industrial future. It hasn’t exactly come as a surprise. Like almost every other announcement in...

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What’s in the budget for businesses? A lot, for those who can engineer a ‘Future Made in Australia’

What’s in the budget for businesses? A lot, for those who can engineer a ‘Future Made in Australia’

In short: The government has revealed $22.7 billion of long-term spending on clean energy and strategic industries as part of its Future Made in Australia plan. Small businesses will see a one-year extension of the instant asset write-off for items under $20,000 and a $325 energy bill rebate. What’s next? Much of the support for critical...

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The government’s future gas policy first must ensure Australia’s future gas needs

The government’s future gas policy first must ensure Australia’s future gas needs

Almost immediately after Resources Minister Madeleine King unveiled her plans for an expansion of our gas industry, the sniping began, the battle lines already drawn. On one side is the federal government, with seemingly conflicting ideals of reducing carbon emissions while kickstarting a rebuild of our manufacturing sector, arguing that more gas is needed for...