Coalition rules out baby bonus as births continue to slip
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Coalition rules out baby bonus as births continue to slip

Shadow treasurer Angus Taylor,a father of four,says the nation’s falling fertility rate is a growing issue for all economic policymakers.

  • byShane Wright

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End the creep:Former RBA expert backs annual tax relief for millions

End the creep:Former RBA expert backs annual tax relief for millions

Luci Ellis,Westpac’s chief economist,says there’s a big case for increasing tax thresholds each year. Without end,taxes will keep rising forever.

  • byShane Wright
Shadow treasurer says working smarter will make up for deep migration cuts
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Shadow treasurer says working smarter will make up for deep migration cuts

Shadow treasurer Angus Taylor argues that industrial relations changes will help boost the economy.

  • byShane Wright
The Australian city with a better quality of life than Sydney or Melbourne

The Australian city with a better quality of life than Sydney or Melbourne

An international comparison of 1000 cities shows Melbourne ahead of Sydney as the place to be. But one city has a much better quality of life than either.

  • byShane Wright
Looking for longer:job ads disappear,applicants rise as interest rates bite

Looking for longer:job ads disappear,applicants rise as interest rates bite

More people are fighting to fill fewer vacant positions in a further sign the job market is slowing thanks to higher interest rates.

  • byShane Wright
Page 97 of the budget kept me awake at night,and is a stain on Morrison’s legacy

Page 97 of the budget kept me awake at night,and is a stain on Morrison’s legacy

A $6.5 billion funding allocation is an indictment against the Coalition’s treatment of veterans,and the backstory to it enough to make your blood boil.

  • byShane Wright
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Chalmers’ budget is suffering from tobacco withdrawal

Chalmers’ budget is suffering from tobacco withdrawal

Big tobacco excise increases have been used to boost the budget bottom line. But fewer smokers,more vapers and a burgeoning black market are killing the tax cash cow.

  • byShane Wright andNatassia Chrysanthos
Unemployment increase reduces chance of higher interest rates

Unemployment increase reduces chance of higher interest rates

Economists say the job market is cracking under the pressure of the Reserve Bank’s aggressive interest rate hikes.

  • byRachel Clun andShane Wright
The trend is pointing in one direction – the job market is slowing
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The trend is pointing in one direction – the job market is slowing

The evidence is smacking observers in the face. The job market is responding to the Reserve Bank’s 4.25 percentage points worth of rate rises.

  • byShane Wright
Australia’s $22.7 billion bet on the $US1.4 trillion fight with China

Australia’s $22.7 billion bet on the $US1.4 trillion fight with China

A Future Made in Australia is really about a global battle,led by the United States,against a rising China and a destabilising Russia.

  • byShane Wright
Five things Jim Chalmers didn’t tell you in his budget speech

Five things Jim Chalmers didn’t tell you in his budget speech

We pick apart an abridged version of Treasurer Jim Chalmers’ third budget speech – and explain five key points.

  • byShane Wright andNatassia Chrysanthos