A rubbish deal

The NSW Liberal Party, if it wins re-election this year, will create “the most significant financial security investment in NSW history”: “Under a coalition government, every child aged 10 and under in 2023 in NSW, and every newborn thereafter, will receive a fund with a starting investment of $400.
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Policy sore thumbs

Former chair of Australia’s Productivity Commission (1998-2013), Gary Banks, took aim at a couple of the nation’s recent “policy sore thumbs”: “We have a tax system that is more about redistribution than growth and looks set to become even more so. Much infrastructure spending seems to be about short-term politics rather than long-term economic benefit.
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Compared to what

Anyone calling for an end to, or watering down of, central bank independence should ask - compared to what. The alternative, i.e. central banks falling further under the influence of politicians such as Stephen Jones, will almost certainly lead to even worse outcomes.
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A bit of a stretch

Opposition leader Peter Dutton isn’t happy about the RBA’s decision to replace the late Queen on the $5 bill with “a new design that honours the culture and history of the First Australians”: “There’s no question about this that it’s directed by the government and I think the Prime Minister should own up to it,” Mr Dutton told 2GB.
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A relic of the 1970s

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Australia’s Treasurer, Jim Chalmers, “will more purposefully direct investment flows to priority areas such as clean energy, through market design and co-investment”. Also known as industrial policy, Chalmers looks set to revive a relic of 1970s economic thinking: “We will employ this co-investment model in more areas of the economy, with programs already under way in the industry, housing and electricity sectors.
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Is this a crime?

The economics of the Australian government’s energy market intervention bill were awful. Now we find out it’s going to cost an extra half a billion dollars up-front, and they willfully lied to rush it through Parliament.
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