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Coon's rebranding dilemma: polishing a brand name to stay out of controversy

The makers of Coon cheese will no doubt have paid close attention to the publicity surrounding Nestle’s rebadging of its Red Skins and Chicos confectionary brands.While the change of C...

Vital Signs: Janet Yellen, the very model of a modern Madam Secretary

It is widely tipped that US president-elect Joe Biden will nominate Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary – one of the most important posts in any administration. She will make for a terr...

Data from 45 countries show containing COVID vs saving the economy is a false dichotomy

ShutterstockThere is no doubt the COVID-19 crisis has incurred widespread economic costs. There is understandable concern that stronger measures against the virus, from social distancing to...

From here on our recovery will need more than fiscal policy, it'll need redistribution

From the 1980s right through to the global financial crisis, the standard response in Australia and elsewhere to too weak or too strong an economy has been monetary policy — the manipu...

NZ needs a plan to help migrant workers pick fruit and veg, or prices will soar and farms go bust

www.shutterstock.comThe COVID border restrictions might be saving lives but they’re also threatening the livelihoods of New Zealand farmers, unless a way can be found to allow Pacific ...

So you think economic downturns cost lives? Our findings show they don't

Dmitry Kalinovsky/ShutterstockThroughout the coronavirus recession we’ve been told there’s a balancing act when it comes to lives. On one hand, lockdowns save lives by limiting t...

Pacific tourism is desperate for a vaccine and travel freedoms, but the industry must learn from this crisis

www.shutterstock.comNews of successful COVID-19 vaccine trials has raised hopes in the Pacific that the hard-hit tourism industry will begin to re-open in 2021.Even before the vaccine announ...

Hating on the Woodville Pizza guy won't fix a problem that was entirely foreseeable

ShutterstockOver the course of a single week South Australia was plunged into one of the world’s strictest, and briefest, lockdowns.The drama, estimated to have cost the state’s ...

News of the collapse of the Grocon empire is greatly exaggerated

Grocon, the Australian construction empire that grew from the family concreting business started by Luigi Grollo in Melbourne in 1948, is on its last legs.But Grocon, the privately held prop...

Axing stamp duty is a great idea, but NSW is going about it the wrong way

jannoon028/ShutterstockIn tax design as in many endeavours, it’s easy to work out how things should be; harder to work out how to get there.In NSW, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet wants to...

5 reasons why banishing backpackers and targeting wealthy tourists would be a mistake for NZ

www.shutterstock.comRaise your hand if you’ve ever travelled for weeks or months as a backpacker on a limited daily budget. Keep your hand up if you were made welcome in the places you...

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