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

The joy of being a small part of a grand history

The joy of being a small part of a grand history

As the Herald celebrates its 190th birthday, its veteran economics editor Ross Gittins explains why he has never contemplated retirement.

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The search for meaning doesn’t lead to wealth and happiness
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The search for meaning doesn’t lead to wealth and happiness

Economics is the study of production and consumption, getting and spending. But as someone connected with Easter once said, there’s more to life than bread alone.

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Cutting workers’ pay and conditions worsens our productivity
Opinion

Cutting workers’ pay and conditions worsens our productivity

Productivity isn’t improving much because firms have found easier ways of increasing their profits. Such as, by cutting costs.

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Banks: bad guys one minute; put-upon credit providers the next
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Banks: bad guys one minute; put-upon credit providers the next

The Prime Minister’s form of managing major problems is to hope the media moves on and then call several inquiries if that doesn’t work.

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There’s more to running the state than keeping a lid on wages and debt
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There’s more to running the state than keeping a lid on wages and debt

After 10 years in power, the NSW Coalition government boasts about its economic management. Let’s unpack that.

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Neglect of aged care more proof of Morrison’s blokey blind spot
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Neglect of aged care more proof of Morrison’s blokey blind spot

Aged care is the ultimate women’s issue. Perhaps that’s why aged care conditions have been low on the priorities of successive governments. Not enough rich white men jumping up and down.

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We’re not home and hosed on the recovery, despite what Morrison says
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We’re not home and hosed on the recovery, despite what Morrison says

Unless the federal government does more a lot more, Australia’s economic recovery will be weak and slow.

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We’re stuck with crappy aged care because Morrison won’t ask the young or the old to pay to fix it
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We’re stuck with crappy aged care because Morrison won’t ask the young or the old to pay to fix it

I’m sorry to be so pessimistic but I fear it is unlikely the aged care royal commission’s report will bring change.

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QE is a lobster pot: easy to get in, hard to get out unscathed
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QE is a lobster pot: easy to get in, hard to get out unscathed

Since the global financial crisis and more so since the coronacession, the normal way things work in financial markets has been turned on its head.

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Economic rebound was the easy bit, ‘recovery’ could take an eternity
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Economic rebound was the easy bit, ‘recovery’ could take an eternity

The economy has taken off like a stimulus-fuelled rocket, but it’s going to take a long time before all our troubles are behind us.

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Only one thing will end the squalor of aged care
Opinion

Only one thing will end the squalor of aged care

More money is needed but it will only happen if Labor and Liberal parties take politics out of the decision.

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