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Are real wages falling? Here's the evidence

ShutterstockYou would be forgiven for being unsure about whether the buying power of wages was rising or falling. On one hand, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says wages are going backwar...

Air of compromise: NZ's Emissions Reduction Plan reveals a climate budget that’s long on planning, short on strategy

Getty ImagesUntil now, the government’s approach to climate action has largely been about getting the policy architecture right. This work is vital, but it’s more about rearrangi...

Elections used to be about costings. Here's what's changed

The last week of campaigns used to be frantic, behind the scenes. In public, right up until the final week, the leaders would make all sorts of promises, many of them expensive, with nary a ...

Will the budget be another missed opportunity to get more New Zealanders out of their cars?

ShutterstockIt would be hard to find someone who’s visited Copenhagen or Amsterdam and complained about too many bikes. And you don’t tend to hear a lot of moaning about too much...

The Russian invasion of Ukraine made everyone nervous, upending trade patterns for exporting countries like New Zealand

Getty ImagesUncertainty in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has wreaked havoc with the international commodity markets. In the normal pattern of the global economy, commod...

Super for housing or the government as a co-owner: how Liberal and Labor home-buyer schemes compare

ShutterstockAt their first televised debate four weeks ago, Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese were asked by an audience member how each would help his kids afford to buy their own home. Ne...

Australia is bringing migrant workers back – but exploitation is still rampant. Here are 3 changes needed now

ShutterstockIf the COVID years have taught us anything about migration, it is that Australia depends on it. About 7% of our workforce holds a temporary visa. When many international students...

The cost of living crisis means bolder budget decisions are needed to lift more NZ children out of poverty

Getty ImagesUrgent and bold – transformative even – budget decisions are needed if we are to get serious about the cost of living crisis and what it means for families and childr...

We all lose when charities compete with each other. They should join forces

ShutterstockYou want to help Ukrainians in need. Should you donate to UNICEF, UNHCR, Red Cross, World Vision, Caritas, Save the Children or some other charitable organisation? There are so m...

If governments were really concerned about tax and the cost of living they would cut the cost of childcare

Shutterstock/DatawrapperAmid the talk about tax changes set to cut the middle-income rate to 30%, a shortage of workers and incomes not keeping up with the cost of living, one common threat ...

How well off you are depends on who you are. Comparing the lives of Australia's Millennials, Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers

ShutterstockMost Australian voters are either Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964), Generation Xers (1965 to 1980) or Millennials (1981 to 1996).And at one time or another most have been told th...

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