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Ross Gittins is the Economics Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

Well done, chaps. WTO future is in danger just when we need it most
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Well done, chaps. WTO future is in danger just when we need it most

As if we didn’t have enough problems, the international body responsible for ensuring free and fair trade, the World Trade Organisation, is in dire straits.

  • by Ross Gittins

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Post-viral life: Don't mourn the death of the handshake just yet
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Post-viral life: Don't mourn the death of the handshake just yet

I don’t doubt the pandemic will change our lives but the change won't be as radical as some predict.

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'Extreme uncertainty' causes RBA's bright-side mask to slip
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'Extreme uncertainty' causes RBA's bright-side mask to slip

As uncertainty over the pandemic grows, the RBA has moved from a single set of forecasts to three scenarios: baseline, upside and downside.

  • by Ross Gittins
People on the dole don't want a job? Don't believe it
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People on the dole don't want a job? Don't believe it

There’s growing evidence that paying decent rates of unemployment benefit doesn’t discourage people from taking jobs.

  • by Ross Gittins
Virus reminder: governments need to be better, not smaller
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Virus reminder: governments need to be better, not smaller

After decades of cutbacks, coronavirus has shown the need for strong leadership and the crucial role government plays in providing services.

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Weak inflation tells us: it's the demand side, stupid
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Weak inflation tells us: it's the demand side, stupid

Despite the remarkable 1.9 per cent fall in the consumer price index (CPI) in the June quarter, we face no imminent threat of deflation.

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Morrison's not doing nearly enough to secure our future
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Morrison's not doing nearly enough to secure our future

Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg are taking both the continuing threat from the coronavirus and the need to restore the economy far too cheaply.

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Thatcher and Reagan? He must be Joshing us
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Thatcher and Reagan? He must be Joshing us

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is having delusions of grandeur if he's suggesting he'll have the courage to attempt anything like the bold reforms attributed to his political heroes.

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This is why we don't need to panic about record budget deficits
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This is why we don't need to panic about record budget deficits

The federal government has run budget deficits in more than 80 per cent of the years since Federation. If debt is so bad, how come we’re not in debtors' prison already?

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'Fiscal cliff' fear: Frydenberg decides to favour limiting debt and deficit
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'Fiscal cliff' fear: Frydenberg decides to favour limiting debt and deficit

Despite what the Treasurer wants you to think this week’s measures and mini-budget aren’t expansionary, they’re contractionary.

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Complacent government delivers early shock therapy to prepare public for cuts
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Complacent government delivers early shock therapy to prepare public for cuts

Sorry, but this is the economic statement of a government that’s complacent about controlling the coronavirus and about getting a million unemployed people back to work. Morrison and Frydenberg have called for the bill. But they've made quite an assumption in doing so.

  • by Ross Gittins