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Economic Policies

The Nobel Prize winning economist James Tobin once said that the study of economics “offered the hope, as it still does, that improved understanding could better the lot of mankind”. One of the ways in which it does this is through the implementation of economic policy that helps to ameliorate boom-and-bust cycles, reduces unemployment, contains inflation or lifts people’s living standards in sustainable ways.

Review of the Parliamentary Budget Office’s latest medium-term budget projections

Economic Policies, News, Publications | 6th September 2018

Commentary published by The Conversation website on 6th September 2018

The Australian Government’s ‘backflip’ on raising the pension age to 70

Economic Policies, News, Publications | 5th September 2018

Commentary published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on 5th September

Global and Australian Economies – Searching for Growth

Economic Policies, The Australian Economy | 25th June 2018

Address to the Australian Davos Connection’s Australian Leadership Retreat, Gold Coast, Queensland, 22nd June 2018

The 2018-19 Australian Government Budget – an Assessment

Economic Policies, The Australian Economy | 11th May 2018

Presentation to a breakfast hosted by the ACT Branch of the Economic Society of Australia, Canberra, 11th May 2018

The pros and cons of cutting company income tax

Economic Policies | 10th May 2018

Richard Aedy | ABC Radio National Breakfast | 10th May 2018 Interview with ABC Radio National’s The Money program hosted by Richard Aedy, broadcast on Thursday 10th May 2018

Panel discussion of the 2018-19 Australian Government Budget

Economic Policies | 10th May 2018

Hosted by the University of Canberra’s National Centre for Social & Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at Parliament House, on 10th May 2018. Other panellists were Senator the Hon Matt Canavan (Minister for Resources); the Hon Andrew Leigh MP (Shadow Assistant Treasurer); and veteran political journalist Michelle Grattan; and chaired by Jane Halton, formerly Secretary of the […]

An analysis of the 2018-19 Australian Government Budget

Economic Policies | 10th May 2018

Presentation to a post-budget breakfast hosted by accounting firm Moore Stephens in Melbourne on 10th May 2018

What should be – and what will be – in the 2018-19 Australian federal budget?

Economic Policies | 3rd May 2018

Talk to a ‘Policy in the Bar’ event hosted by the Australian National University’s College of Business and Law, Canberra, 3rd May 2018


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