Latest

Jun
14
Friday Fodder (23/24)

Friday Fodder (23/24)

Queensland's Budget shows why we need fiscal rules; how households have fared since the pandemic; dictators and their hidden wealth; what Bootleggers and Baptists mean for climate targets; and Europe swings to the right (or did it?).
6 min read
Jun
13
A hand puppet mastering a house.

Is it time for housing coercion?

A more forceful, top-down approach might be the solution to Australia's housing crisis.
10 min read
Jun
11
Why we may not be done with inflation

Why we may not be done with inflation

Interest rates have come down in Canada and the eurozone. When will Australia follow suit?
9 min read
Jun
07
Friday Fodder (22/24)

Friday Fodder (22/24)

Assessing Australia's March quarter GDP figures; why productivity is still everything; how opinion polls can be dangerous; and where are all the Korean babies?
6 min read
Jun
06
The upside of falling EV prices

The upside of falling EV prices

Lower electric vehicle prices are the result of healthy market competition, not a bubble bursting.
7 min read
Jun
04
Energy Minister Chris Bowen cutting a tindo solar r

The dangers of neopopulism

Whether it's being sold under the banner of a "New Paradigm", "new centrism", "neopopulism", or a "Future Made in Australia", industrial policy will lead to less growth, insipid labour productivity, and a much poorer and more vulnerable Australia.
9 min read
May
31
A happy looking PNG rugby league side.

Friday Fodder (21/24)

Why we shouldn't worry about migration; interpreting the monthly inflation figures; will AI displace financial market traders; should we worry about the 'pink tax'; and Albo's gift, on our behalves, to PNG's elites.
8 min read
May
29
Australia's demographic dilemma

Australia's demographic dilemma

Australia's migration slowdown will ease housing issues but exacerbate its ageing population and fiscal problems, requiring unpopular entitlement reform and improved fertility rates to sustainably fund old-age benefits.
9 min read
May
27
The return of the Tariff Man

The return of the Tariff Man

Biden's new China tariffs are driven by politics, not economics or national security. But protectionism tends to beget more protectionism, risking trade wars that could cause significant damage to the global economy.
10 min read
May
24
Friday Fodder (20/24)

Friday Fodder (20/24)

The federal government wants to create a big new database to protect us from ourselves; who would an autonomous vehicle choose to save, a pedestrian or its passengers; a tale of two central banks; and the UK election in one chart (it's not looking good for Rishi).
7 min read