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Vital Signs: a simple way to cut carbon emissions — don't let polluters hide

ShutterstockWorld leaders and about 30,000 others from assorted interest groups will converge on Glasgow in November for the United Nations’ 26th annual climate summit, COP26 (“...

Australia's banks got $188 billion in cheap loans from the RBA. Now they're funding share buybacks

shutter_o/ShutterstockMuch has been written about the taxpayer-funded windfalls to some companies provided by the A$90 billion JobKeeper scheme. Their gains have come from grants given to th...

What are the protests against Victoria's construction union all about? An expert explains

After violence on Monday outside the Melbourne offices of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy union, the Victorian government ordered a snap two-week shutdown of the cons...

Australia's COVID plan was designed before we knew how Delta would hit us. We need more flexibility

Lukas Coch/AAPThe great economist John Maynard Keynes, when accused of inconsistency on some policy, is credited with saying: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do?&...

Vital Signs: we're doing well despite Delta, but 3 major economic challenges loom

This week the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development published its first “Economic Survey of Australia” since 2018. It gives Australia good marks for a remarkably...

Just 4.5% jobless during lockdowns? The unemployment rate is now meaningless

Australia’s labour force statistics for August again make the case for giving up on the rate of unemployment as an indicator of the state of the labour market.In June the official unem...

Can Queensland cash in on the NRL finals? It's all about 'event leveraging'

Queensland’s love of rugby league, and the fact the state isn’t in lockdown, has won it the right to host the 2021 NRL finals series. But it was economic gains as much as love of...

Chinese LinkieBuy and Australian SuperiorPay launching online store to promote more brands entering China market

LinkieBuy, a Chinese cross-border e-commerce comprehensive service brand, and Australian payment agency SuperiorPay launched their first online store, the New Zealand National Mall Mini Pr...

Delta is tempting us to trade lives for freedoms — a choice it had looked like we wouldn't have to make

shutter_o/ShutterstockLast year COVID-19 seemed simple. It was horrific, but the arguments about what to do were fairly straightforward.On one side were people rightly horrified by its rapid...

ASIC, now less a corporate watchdog, more a lapdog

ShutterstockThe implosion of Australia’s corporate watchdog, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, under the federal government’s new directions, has gone from tr...

Australia has finally backed a plan to let developing countries make cheap COVID-19 vaccines — what matters is what it does next

covaxxDimitris Barletis/ShutterstockAfter months of holding out, Australia has at last joined other members of the World Trade Organisation in backing a waiver of patents and other intellect...

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