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No snapback: Reserve Bank no longer confident of quick bounce out of recession

Olga Kashubin/ShutterstockThe good news in the Reserve Bank’s latest quarterly set of forecasts is that the recession won’t be as steep as it thought last time.The bad news is it...

Essential Information To Buy Outdoor Furniture For A Small Patio

Homeowners tend to use their patio in many different ways. It is also possible to use it as an extended living space by investing in outdoor furniture using afterpay. It is possible to tra...

Shorter meetings but longer days: how COVID-19 has changed the way we work

ShutterstockOne of the many things COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on is the way many of us work.Those fortunate enough to be able to work from home have been able to adapt to this new re...

Early access to super doesn’t justify higher compulsory contributions

A big part of the Morrison government’s response to COVID-19 has been allowing people early access to their superannuation. Australians who have claimed hardship have applied for A$30...

Warning: what COVID is doing to commercial property it is about to do to super funds

We’ve heard a lot about what the present crisis will do to homeprices, less about what it will do to commercial property prices.Commercial properties include office buildings, shopping...

Cutbacks may keep Virgin Australia alive for now, but its long-term prospects are bleak

Virgin Australia’s plan to sack about 3,000 of its 9,000 staff, axe its budget brand Tigerair, streamline its fleet to only Boeing 737s and suspend long-haul international flying indef...

Sweden eschewed lockdowns. It's too early to be certain it was wrong

Per Bengtsson/ShutterstockSweden has become something of a cautionary tale for what happens when you attempt to tackle coronavirus without lockdowns.In The Conversation last week The Grattan...

What Victoria's abattoir rules mean for the supply and price of meat

With Victoria’s declaration of a state of disaster and imposition of Stage 4 restrictions, many Melburnians have returned to panic buying. Supermarket shelves across the city have bee...

Our states are crying poor. They wouldn't if they charged for rezoning like the ACT

Google MapsThroughout Australia, when land is rezoned from industrial to high-rise residential, a charge is levied to help fund the required infrastructure.In NSW it is called an infrastruct...

Australia won't recover unless Victoria does too. The federal government must step up

The announcement of stage 4 restrictions in Victoria marks a new, and depressing, stage in Australia’s response to COVID-19. The new measures will close non-essential retailers and mos...

Victoria's child-care shutdown is a hard blow for working mothers

ShutterstockHow do you occupy a child for long enough to get any work done?This will be the question confronting more than 150,000 Melbourne families for at least the next six weeks.The Stag...