• 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.

  • Rethinking our food supply

    Rachel Carey     |      April 14, 2020

    Shocks to our food supply, like COVID-19, provide an opportunity to transform our food systems in a way that is healthier, more sustainable and equitable.

  • We’re steering in the right direction, but we’ll need a bigger boat

    Richard Holden     |      April 6, 2020

    If we continue to think of fiscal responses to this crisis as loans that need to be paid back on a short clock, we will damage the ability of the economy to come out this crisis healthy enough to grow away the debt.

  • A 22% blow to Australia’s economy?

    Brendan Coates     |      March 31, 2020

    New Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates paint a grim picture of the direct economic costs of public health measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, and the need for more government support to cushion the blow.

  • Supply chain shock

    William Ho     |      March 23, 2020

    While it’s impossible to predict the ultimate cost of the pandemic, business should take COVID-19 as an opportunity to learn the costs of under-preparation in the face of global risk.

  • Are we too reliant on Chinese trade?

    Shiro Armstrong     |      March 18, 2020

    Is Australia trading too much with China and too dependent on the Chinese economy, as a lot of the public commentary would have you believe?