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Top economists back boosts to JobSeeker and social housing over tax cuts in pre-budget poll

Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-NDOverwhelmingly, Australia’s leading economists want the budget to boost social housing and the JobSeeker unemployment benefit rather than bring f...

Dental Plaque: Sticky and Colourless Deposit

Taking care of your teeth and ensuring they are healthy is part of ideal self-care. There are essential things you need to know about dental plaques that can save your teeth from pain ...

Frydenberg is setting his budget ambition dangerously low

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s announcement that he’ll prioritise reducing unemployment ahead of reducing government debt is welcome news.The government is required by the Charter o...

Google and Facebook shouldn't subsidise journalism, but the government could

Jeff Chiu/APYou might have missed it – what with the biggest recession since the 1930s and a pandemic going on – but there may be big, and bad, changes happening to a media lands...

Testamentary trusts are one of the last truly outrageous means of avoiding tax

Scott Graham/UpsplashIt’s one thing to bring forward tax cuts, as the government is thinking of doing in the October budget.It’s another to leave wide open an arrangement that al...

Keating is right. The Reserve Bank should do more. It needs to aim for more inflation

Ashwin/ShutterstockFormer prime minister Paul Keating isn’t alone in wanting the Reserve Bank to do much more to ensure economic recovery.In an opinion piece for major newspapers he ha...

New Zealand companies lag behind others in their reporting on climate change, and that's a risk to their reputation

Shutterstock/sdecoretNew Zealand’s top 30 corporations do a poor job reporting on climate change compared with similar Australian and Fortune Global 500 companies, according to our res...

It's not only Westpac. What's behind the biggest fine in Australian corporate history

Marlon Trottmann/ShutterstockWestpac is to pay A$1.3 billion, by far Australia’s biggest-ever corporate fine for breaches of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing A...

More neurotic, less agreeable, less conscientious: how job insecurity shapes your personality

ShutterstockWith unemployment at its highest rate in three decades, almost a million Australians are experiencing the anxiety of being out of work. Even more are underemployed, and more stil...

'If JobSeeker was cut, the unemployed would be picking fruit'? Why that's not true

F Armstrong Photography/ShutterstockI’m not sure which does the most harm: the cut of A$150 per week in JobSeeker payments due this Friday or the sudden and coincidental volley of medi...

Why do bankers behave so badly? They make too much money to ask questions

Rudy Balasko/ShutterstockOver the past 16 months journalists have been scouring through more than 2,000 Suspicious Activity Reports originally sent by banks to the United States Treasury, be...

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