Michael Roddan

Michael Roddan

I am a recent graduate of the Bachelor of International Studies and am now studying a Master of Journalism. My interest in economics lies in the realm of political economy, ecological economics and behavioural economics. As a work-shy, post-materialist, I think economics has great power to teach us how we can live a happier life. Economics can help us understand how and why we make the choices we make. I hope for a future where our banks will be filled with Social Capital and one in which doctors have found a cure for Affluenza. In my spare time I await the next You Am I album.


Gina Rinehart tells big fat porkie-pies about struggling miners

By · May 27th, 2013

Gina Rinehart last week accused the Government of treating the mining sector like an ATM, and discouraging mining investment in Australia. Michael Roddan challenges the credibility of this claim.

Budget Cutting the ABC is Crony Capitalism

By · May 14th, 2013

In reaction to a recent Switzer article in the Quadrant Magazine, Roddan attacks ABC budget cuts and proposed privatisation. Fighting for majority views branded ‘lefty’, Roddan argues for the value of ABC’s continued independent and government-funded existence.

Geoengineering a new climate: a story of moral hazard

By · April 28th, 2013

Geoengineering – employing large scale engineering techniques to modify our natural environment’s response to fossil fuel emissions – has been touted by some as a possible solution to climate change. Specifically, Big Fossil Fuel is doing the touting.

West Papua – Genocide and Economic Marginalisation

By · April 14th, 2013

Roddan gives a chilling depiction of economic manoeuvres, both past and present, undertaken by the Indonesian government in a bid to marginalise the indigenous Papuans. From the transmigration program, to the rural-urban divide and the permitted acts of multinational corporations in the region, Australia’s passive stance in the face of multiple human rights violations is questioned.

Value of Care

By · April 7th, 2013

Michael Roddan discusses several key fiscal policies that are affecting women in the workplace.

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