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Don’t worry about the debt: we need more stimulus to avoid a prolonged recession

After two decades of equating budget surpluses with good economic management, it might seem convenient that the federal government has changed its fiscal strategy...

5 charts on how COVID-19 is hitting Australia’s young adults hard

The following five charts provide a snapshot of how COVID-19 is affecting Australians aged 18-24. Though the health impacts of the coronavirus fall most...

If JobSeeker was cut, the unemployed would be picking fruit’? Why that’s not true

I’m not sure which does the most harm: the cut of A$150 per week in JobSeeker payments due this Friday or the sudden and...

Now we’ll need $100-$120 billion. Why the budget has to spend big to avoid...

Australia is in for a long and damaging economic slump unless governments inject substantially more fiscal stimulus. The July budget update forecast that unemployment would...

It really is different for young people: it’s harder to climb the jobs ladder

Our memories of the job market prior to COVID have become rosier: the last decade was a period of fairly low unemployment, even if...

When companies go bust, temporary visa holders miss out and that’s wrong

The exclusion of temporary visa workers from reimbursement under Australia’s Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) scheme for lost wages and entitlements (annual leave etc) owed...

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