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These are Australia’s most in-demand jobs

The strongest jobs market in almost five decades has caused a ‘staggering’ jump in the number of occupations suffering from acute worker shortages.

  • Michael Read

RBA’s dovish pivot risks extending rate rising cycle: ANZ

ANZ has warned that the RBA’s decision to slow the pace of interest rate rises risks propping up consumer demand and extending the duration of the current tightening cycle.

  • Ronald Mizen

Fight over carbon offsets heats up following ‘tap of crap’ warning

“The minute you fix integrity, prices will go through the roof – the tap of crap will be turned off,” says former climate policy watchdog Andrew Macintosh.

  • Jacob Greber

The dying outback town where every breath can be toxic

Once a symbol of economic prosperity, Wittenoom now stands as one of Australia’s greatest industrial tragedies.

  • Yan Zhuang

Labor signals delay to franked dividend hit

Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones has signalled the government may delay the start date of its crackdown, but won’t back down on the “tax integrity” measure.

  • John Kehoe

Australia, US urged to counter China ‘fake news’ strategy in Pacific

China has been accused of conducting a co-ordinated public information strategy in the Solomon Islands to “spread lies” about Australia and the US.

  • Jacob Greber

Opinion & Analysis

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

Editorial

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

Contributor

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

Two overwhelming forces mean the era of high rates must end

The downward trends in demographics and technological innovation mean the current spike in global interest rates simply cannot last.

Paul Krugman

Contributor

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Yesterday

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

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

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

Two overwhelming forces mean the era of high rates must end

The downward trends in demographics and technological innovation mean the current spike in global interest rates simply cannot last.

  • Paul Krugman

The world will watch the RBA’s pivot. So will Aussie home owners

While the global financial markets mull the importance of the RBA’s go-slow, some local home owners will have more pressing concerns. 

  • James Thomson
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Extend generous work rights to more international graduates: ACCI

A key business group says the federal government should tap into the supply of international graduates to help address workforce shortages.

  • Julie Hare

This Month

Miles Advisory enrols suitors for childcare biz Story House

Liked Affinity Education? Meet Story House.

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood

The one asset class that has dodged rising rates

Chanticleer suspects super funds are hooked on the apparent ease with which they can control valuations to a much greater degree than the public markets.

  • Updated
  • Tony Boyd

RBA takes time to assess interest rate rises

Despite robust retail sales and a tight labour market, Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe is awaiting more information on consumer spending, inflation and wages.

  • Updated
  • John Kehoe

RBA pivot sparks sharemarket rally

The Reserve Bank bucked global trends to slow the pace of rate rises in a move that surprised markets and sparked the biggest stocks surge in two years.

  • Updated
  • Ronald Mizen

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

Confidence slumps but RBA shift offers glimmer of hope

Consumer confidence slumped last week as turbulence overseas and rising petrol prices at home depressed spirits. A change in the pace of rate rises could change that.

  • Ronald Mizen

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.

  • Updated
  • Richard Holden

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.

  • Updated
  • The AFR View

Rework tax cuts to buy reform: Grattan Institute

Stage three personal income tax cuts should be tweaked to help fund broader tax reform on areas like superannuation and trusts, says economist Brendan Coates,

  • John Kehoe
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The four fallacies that mean sovereign capability won’t work

Making semiconductors locally sounds reassuring at a time of global supply chain challenges. But in the modern world of complex and interdependent manufacturing it’s an empty promise.

  • Adam Triggs and Shiro Armstrong

Infrastructure spending bonanza falls $40b short

Global supply constraints, skyrocketing material costs, skills shortages and delays are hindering Australia’s massive infrastructure pipeline.

  • Ronald Mizen

Inside a Myanmar Coup botnet that blasted US Army Facebook

In a sign that Russian bot operators were training for operations elsewhere, the US Army Facebook page was bombarded by comments calling for US support in Myanmar.

  • Max Mason

RBA to test the financial limits of recent borrowers

A fifth consecutive 0.5 percentage point interest rate rise will push the limits of recent borrowers as the cash rate exceeds the serviceability buffer used to stress test their budgets.

  • Ronald Mizen

The government’s ugly choices on gas are not over yet

The government’s gas deal ensures supply will be available for industrial users, but the spike in LNG spot prices means Canberra may be tempted to intervene again.

  • Tony Wood