• The world’s not your oyster any more

    Open Forum     |      June 1, 2020

    After months of lockdown, it’s no surprise that people are itching to get out and about, but with border closures still in operation, it’s hard to know what to expect.

  • How Covid-19 infected global trade

    David Uren     |      May 28, 2020

    The head of the WTO, Robert Azevedo, abruptly announced his resignation on 14 May. He didn’t explain his reason, but as the guardian of the global trade rules, it could well have been despair.

  • Gigging to recovery

    Open Forum     |      May 28, 2020

    Hundreds of thousands of Australians are out of work as a result of COVID-19, but some may find new jobs through digital platforms, particularly in areas like food delivery, writing, law, accountancy, home maintenance, IT or graphic design.

  • Australian property vs COVID-19

    Open Forum     |      May 21, 2020

    A group of 146 property experts shared their views on how COVID-19 is likely to affect Australia’s property market in a whitepaper produced by Ripehouse Advisory last month.

  • Where’s the beef?

    Michael Shoebridge     |      May 18, 2020

    Business interests are calling for Australia to surrender its values and independence to appease China’s communist dictatorship and preserve their personal profits, but that’s a price too high to pay for beer and barley.

  • Start me up

    Open Forum     |      May 17, 2020

    As unemployment rates skyrocket around the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a world-first study has found social venture start-ups not only alleviate social problems but also are much more important for job creation than previously thought.

  • Barley, beef and bullies: trade tensions in a COVID-19 world

    Tim Harcourt     |      May 15, 2020

    Trade boycotts do not usually work and will come at a great cost to the country imposing the ban.

  • Cutting red tape to boost the recovery

    Ebony Stansfield     |      May 7, 2020

    COVID-19 derailed many government plans on a budget surplus, but the pandemic may be the anchor of change in a much bigger shift that could reshape economies around the world.

  • Australia needs a better tax system

    Neil Warren     |      May 5, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the fact we are failing to collect tax revenue while giving away hundreds of billions in tax concessions, increasing the financial burden on the working public.

  • Will COVID-19 change attitudes to unemployment?

    Jennifer Davidson     |      April 28, 2020

    As thousands of Australians face unemployment due to COVID-19, it is a good time to revisit the image of the ‘dole bludger’ and support everyone who seeks work with respect.

  • 8 adventures in “coronomics”

    Tim Harcourt     |      April 20, 2020

    If the 1991 recession is the ‘recession we had to have’ then 2020 is the business slowdown we had to engineer to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, but what will be some of its economic ramifications in Australia and the rest of the world?

  • The novel coronavirus requires novel economic solutions

    Shiro Armstrong     |      April 14, 2020

    The economic priority for governments today is to keep the economy ticking over, to keep businesses and their employees tied together, to avoid a deeper downturn that will create huge numbers of unemployed and position for a sharp recovery.