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Of death, taxes and silvers spoons: An argument for the inheritance tax’s reinstatement

By · February 10th, 2017

Discussing tax is never popular. Discussing the most unpopular tax? Politically foolhardy. However, with inequality on an upwards trend, it’s time we drop the politics and consider the economic merits of implementing an inheritance tax, writes Solomon Zhang.

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MYEFO 2016-17: is the Government on the economic naughty list?

By · December 19th, 2016

‘”Twas the night before MYEFO, when all through Canberra…”

Tom Crowley explains why Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull might get a nasty surprise this Christmas.

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Why staying in a dying industry may be the right choice…

By · October 5th, 2016

They say a person will have multiple different jobs in their career. But how easy is it to switch into a new role, a new workplace, a new industry? How feasible is to discard your current skills and learn something completely new? Taylor Nugent explores.

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Section 18C: does it go too far?

By · September 19th, 2016

Australia is a democratic society, with liberal values at its bedrock. However, does legislation aimed at limiting hate speech go too far in restricting one’s right to free speech? Chris Kounelis makes the case for why Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act should be reformed.


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Fate of the public library

By · September 7th, 2016

Is it time to abandon the age-old institution that has educated people for generations? Eddie Go considers the important role public libraries still have in the digital economy.

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Quantifiably Cool? Melbourne most liveable city 6 years running

By · August 24th, 2016

And the most liveable city in the world is… Eloise Hesse explores how Melbourne has once again topped the list of liveable cities and why the measure may not be all it seems.

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Mo Money Mo Problems: The Universal Basic Income

By · August 22nd, 2016

Ahead of tonight’s big debate between Melbourne and Monash, Matt Lagamba weighs in on the universal basic income.

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From Rational Economics to Irrational Love? Examining the Changing Function of Marriage

By · August 17th, 2016

Love and Economics? ESSA’s Solomon Zhang explores how the ‘L’ word has fundamentally changed the dynamics of modern marriage.


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The Backpacker Tax: just more money in the government’s rucksack?

By · August 11th, 2016

Tourists flock to Australia every year for a working holiday, taking advantages of Australia’s comparatively generous policies for visitors who want to work and travel. However, that might all be about to change, and tourists and employers alike aren’t happy.

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Seeing through: national reform on political donations

By · July 27th, 2016

Australia has some of the most relaxed laws on making political donations. Eloise Hesse explores how this allows undue influence from donors, while leaving voters in the dark.

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Election 2016: a reflection

By · July 4th, 2016

Kasun Yakupitiyage offers his thoughts on a chaotic and confusing election night. With the outcome still very much to be decided, Kasun sees worrying and uncertain times look ahead for Australia regardless of who forms government.

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Double Dissolution, Double Jeopardy: The Senate

By · July 3rd, 2016

Sam O’Connor dives into Election 2016’s early Senate results


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