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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.

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This Month

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.

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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.

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Affordable housing solutions are on the supply side

The solution for the “housing crisis” is for governments to focus on where the problem is most acute, as opposed to throwing counter-productive tax concessions at swinging voters.

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Pandemic inquiry must learn lessons, not play the blame game

What is required now is calm, dispassionate, depoliticised analysis of what went right or wrong, to learn the policy lessons for the next crisis.

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September

Generator exits highlight energy promise and risks

The pulling forward of renewable investment by Queensland and AGL this week confronts energy investors and customers with the practical risks of transition that must be overcome.

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Queensland makes right tax call

Queensland’s retreat on property tax would be a win for everyone if it turned into a wider overhaul of taxes

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Albanese tops Power List, but how will he change Australia?

A fair number of voters know the prime minister’s log cabin to Lodge story. But how many have a clear sense of how he plans to use his power to change the nation into the 2030s?

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We need answers from Optus, but all are vulnerable to cyberattacks

Amid the finger pointing, there should be no real shock about the massive data breach at Australia’s second-largest telco.

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Italy’s new PM Giorgia Meloni constrained by EU dependence

New Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni populism is deeply constrained by Italy’s post-pandemic dependence on EU financial support.

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Queensland’s property raid justifies tax review

What happens to a nation that does not have a proper policy framework for taxation? It ends up with any new tax that governments can randomly think of or can get away with.

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Federal watchdog must root out genuine corruption

Australia needs a national independent anti-corruption body. But its remit should be confined to genuinely corrupt conduct and should not cover matters of integrity that are essentially political.

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Grand final normalcy returns

The return of packed-out football finals shows that there is no health and safety reason for workers continuing to hold out against returning to the office.

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Political correction from tax-and-spend

The radical tax-cutting change of economic course in the UK under the banner of Thatcherism is a political correction from the pandemic spendathon.

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Putin can’t salvage his blunders with nuclear weapons

Invading Ukraine has been a first-class disaster for the Russian leader. Before he cynically turns to nuclear weapons, it’s up to his few remaining friends to talk him out of that course.

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Three things Labor must do to fight inflation

For everyone’s sake, the Labor government needs to shore up the Reserve Bank in fighting this battle

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Does Labor’s budget strategy add up to higher taxes?

The treasurer needs to start a serious and genuinely upfront national conversation about the underlying structural budget deficit challenges Australians must confront.

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Britain’s enduring appeal that shaped our world

What brought billions to watch the Queen’s funeral was the enduring qualities in British history that should not be obscured by its sometimes controversial colonial past.

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Rising inflation and interest rates turn property boom on its head

The Property Summit heard barbecue-stopping warnings of steep falls in house prices during the pandemic boom. That’s how quickly the world has changed.

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No more CFMEU solidarity forever

The miners’ union needs to get in quick if it wants to escape the construction division.

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