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How do you solve a problem like inequality?

Income inequality has become a hot-button issue in recent years. Statistics demonstrate that Australia and most of the rest of the world are becoming more unequal? But how did we get to this point? How does this affect the economy? And what is to be done about it?

Will your children have enough to eat?

I recently read an article featured in our Editors’ Picks about the greatest food in the world (the ‘humble’ McDouble for anyone that missed it), chosen as such mainly because of its affordability and energy content. This got me thinking: will we have enough food to go around in the long run, or will we all be forced to survive on McDoubles for sustenance?

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Putting the Australian Budget in a Global Context

There will be a lot of people tuning into Wayne Swan’s budget speech on Tuesday night, and not just from within Australia. Provided that the Treasurer delivers a much-hyped budget surplus (despite a softening in tax revenues due to the global slowdown), he will be able to claim that Australia is one of the first developed economies around the world to emerge from the threat of the Global Financial Crisis.

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