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Will the upcoming Federal Election be won with Policy or History?

By · May 14th, 2019

We are drawing ever closer to May 18, the day when the nation’s voters will make their way to a polling booth, enjoy a snag in the name of democracy, and ultimately judge our political leaders on whether they should run the country the next three years. This individual judgment will be influenced by a […]

Federal election 2019: A primer on immigration policy

By · May 12th, 2019

Immigration is an ever-present issue in the political debate. Discourse on immigration policy has still been dominated by the need to find a solution to the 950 refugees, currently stuck on offshoring processing centers[1]. This issue is complicated by the need to counterbalance resettlement, whilst, preventing the practice of ‘people smuggling’. According to the UN, […]

Deriving economic insights from Twitter and Spotify

By · May 10th, 2019

How are Twitter and Spotify being used to infer economic decisions? Sarsha Crawley explores how big data about user emotions is leveraged from Twitter and Spotify to predict economic activity and consumer sentiment.

Federal Election 2019: A primer on environmental policy

By · May 7th, 2019

Chris McHenry breaks down how we can expect each party to treat the environment upon coming into power.

Federal Election 2019: A primer on healthcare policy

By · May 7th, 2019

Labor Healthcare is a key pillar of the Australian Labour Party’s (ALP) election campaign. In particular, there is a focus on the quality of public hospitals, cancer services and preventive health measures. Labor’s healthcare policy pivots around the fundamental election promise of delivery of the Better Hospitals Fund[1] over 2019-2025[2]. Worth $2.8 billion,[3] the package’s […]

Federal Election 2019: A primer on welfare policy

By · May 7th, 2019

Curious about what will happen to our welfare system depending on which party gets voted in? Nick Henderson breaks it down with a healthy dose of humour.

Federal Election 2019: A primer on tax policy

By · May 7th, 2019

Jessica Tang breaks down and compares each major party’s promises for tax policy in the lead up to the election.

Federal Election 2019: A primer on policy concerning wages and unemployment

By · May 6th, 2019

How will each of the parties deal with weak economic growth and stagnant wages? Find out before heading to the polls in this quick breakdown with Lemia Bickalo.

Federal Election 2019: A primer on infrastructure policy

By · May 6th, 2019

Catch up on what each party has to say about infrastructure before heading to the polls with Sarsha Crawley.

Federal Election 2019: A primer on education policy

By · May 6th, 2019

Want to know what each major party has to say about education? Chris Craig breaks it down.

Are you entitled to a job?

By · May 1st, 2019

Should the government simply legislate away unemployment? Proponents of Modern Monetary Theory and a “Job Guarantee” seem to think so. Nick Henderson isn’t so sure.

The development of monetary policy – Part 2

By · April 25th, 2019

In Part 2 of his analysis, Conor Yung continues his evaluation of monetary policy in a historical context and explores the subsequent implications of an interest rate cut.

The development of monetary policy – Part 1

By · April 19th, 2019

With the housing market slowing and wages stagnating, political pundits are calling for the RBA to cut rates, but what is the meaning behind these ideas? Conor Yung looks at the genesis of ideas on monetary policy to give you the context behind the business jargon.

To license or not to license

By · April 12th, 2019

Licensing advocates will likely tell you that occupational licensing protects public interest. So why have there been recent calls for the abolition of occupational licensing? Jessica Tang explores.

The Universal Basic Income – legitimate policy or far-off pipe dream?

By · April 11th, 2019

The idea of a Universal Basic Income is emerging from the wilderness and is now firmly in the political spotlight, but is it really the blessing it claims to be? Chris Craig explores.

No Man is an Island – How Climate Change is Aggravating Economic Inequality

By · April 3rd, 2019

Carbon emissions have global, but uneven, consequences. Sarsha Crawley explores how climate change is exacerbating multidimensional economic inequality.

Inequality, tax and the budget – part 1

By · March 29th, 2019

Income distribution, infrastructure spending and the tax-welfare system. Miguel Ayala explores what we can expect from the 2019 federal budget.

How subjective is it?

By · March 27th, 2019

When asked, economists generally acknowledge that individual preferences differ from person to person, but it seems very easy to forget. Mitchell Harvey questions whether we take subjectivism seriously.

An Unconventional Policy

By · March 22nd, 2019

Unlike Keynes in 1936, technology means that we are no longer restricted to the assumption that cash cannot bear interest. Lemia Bickalo explores unconventional monetary policy in the modern age.

Does private health insurance take pressure off the public health system?

By · March 20th, 2019

The government spends $6 billion a year on rebates for private health insurance. Thao-Mi Bui investigates if such hefty expenditure is worth it.

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