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How much can I spend on my home renovation? A personal finance expert explains

ShutterstockHome renovation has long been something of a national sport for many Australians, but community demand for home fix-ups has reached fever pitch since the pandemic.If you’re...

As the government is learning, a 'wage freeze' can come with unintended consequences

Good intentions, bad reactions: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson.GettyImagesYou would be hard pressed to find an economist who would argue against the merit...

Cuts, spends, debt: what you need to know about the budget at a glance

AAP/Shutterstock/The Conversation, CC BY-NDAfter twenty years of rhetoric from both sides of politics focusing on getting back to surplus, this year’s budget continues pandemic spendin...

Less hard hats, more soft hearts: budget pivots to women and care

WHYFRAME/ShutterstockLast year’s post-budget photo ops were all heavy machinery and hard hats. But this year we can expect soft-focus shots with children and the elderly. The big story...

10 Most Promising Cryptocurrencies in Australia After Bitcoin

Not long ago, the concept of decentralized virtual cryptocurrencies was nothing more than just an idea. Well, not until the time of the Genesis Block in 2009, when an unknown person mine...

View from The Hill: Frydenberg finds the money tree

Wes Mountain/The ConversationJosh Frydenberg’s third budget aims to give Australia a post-pandemic soft landing, using revenue windfalls for spending and tax cuts rather than for slash...

Budget 2021: the floppy-V-shaped recovery

Lukas Coch/AAPI don’t often feel sorry for politicians. But having to manage a process that produces forecasts about the next four years of an economy still clawing its way out of a pa...

Frydenberg spends the budget bounty to drive unemployment down to new lows

Never before has a budget spent so much to supercharge the economy after the worst of a recession has already passed.The economy bounced back from last year’s COVID recession far more ...

Budget splashes cash, with $17.7 billion for aged care and a pitch to women

AAP/Mick TsikasThe Morrison government has brought down a big-spending, expansionary budget that forecasts Australia’s unemployment rate will fall to 4.75% in two years time. But Austr...

Why NZ’s public sector wage freeze ignores the lessons of history

www.shutterstock.comWith the government facing a serious backlash over its public sector wage freeze policy, that sound you hear could be the ghost of Rob Muldoon chuckling. Former prime min...

Australia Post's worst nightmare: Christine Holgate to head delivery rival Global Express

TK Kurikawa/Shutterstock“This is the one thing we didn’t want to happen.”That line – from the satirical British current affairs television program BrassEye – co...

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