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Winding back the stage three tax cuts would be a backwards step

Australia’s productivity agenda is already going backwards in industrial relations. So Labor needs to retain the stage three 30 per cent tax bracket as an incentive-sharpening structural tax reform.

The AFR View


Not rich but paying plenty: the truth about stage three tax cuts

There are many media and political myths about stage three tax cuts. The reality is governments fall back too much on personal income tax payers.

John Kehoe

Economics editor

The tragedy of Liz Truss is that she had a serious point

The supply side reforms that she has now managed to make toxic are what a low-growth Britain actually needs.

Janan Ganesh


Xi Jinping’s third term is a tragic error

China’s macroeconomic, microeconomic and environmental difficulties remain largely unaddressed.

Martin Wolf


Desultory Productivity Commission seems short on ideas

Productivity in the public sector could be boosted, but the Productivity Commission has been looking in all the wrong places.

Gary Sturgess


Labor has to help the RBA’s inflation fight

The Reserve Bank has dialled back the hawkishness but can’t fall too far behind the US Fed. And the Albanese government has to help.

The AFR View


Media Watch’s false impression on Queensland land tax coverage

Viewers of the ABC’s Media Watch got a false impression of the Australian Financial Review’s coverage of the Queensland government’s now-abandoned land tax changes.

The AFR View


Don’t mistake this RBA move for weakness

The 0.25 of a percentage point rise in interest rates might seem timid, but the RBA is articulating that rates will need to stay higher for longer and that the inflation fight won’t be over soon.

Richard Holden

Economics professor


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