Shane Wright | The Sydney Morning Herald
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Shane is a senior economics correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

The reported demise of the nation’s CBDs greatly exaggerated: research
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The reported demise of the nation’s CBDs greatly exaggerated: research

The demise of the CBD is greatly exaggerated, according to PwC, which says a new wave of activity is likely for our most economically important areas.

  • by Shane Wright and Anna Patty

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Wages to fall in real terms despite sharp recovery from recession: survey
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Wages to fall in real terms despite sharp recovery from recession: survey

Even before the pandemic recession, wage growth had been stagnant and barely keeping up with inflation.

  • by Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke
How will we pay for the JobSeeker rise? The answer shows the budget beat is changing
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How will we pay for the JobSeeker rise? The answer shows the budget beat is changing

It may not be up there with Bob Dylan going electric, but the way the Morrison government handled a $9 billion spending plan could signal a change in budget politics.

  • by Shane Wright
Fix jobs before budget repair: top economists warn of big deficits into 2030s
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Fix jobs before budget repair: top economists warn of big deficits into 2030s

Huge budget deficits will dog every federal government into the 2030s and leave the nation with $1.4 trillion of debt, according to economists.

  • by Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke
‘It breaks my heart’: JobSeekers hit back at $25-a-week dole increase

‘It breaks my heart’: JobSeekers hit back at $25-a-week dole increase

Caryn Ryan was shocked by the government’s meagre dole increase, which has been described as “shocking cruelty” and experts say won’t help the economy.

  • by Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke
Budget numbers improve but bottom line still deeply red

Budget numbers improve but bottom line still deeply red

Finance Department figures show the budget is ahead of mid-year expectations but the government is still on track for the largest deficit in history.

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Australia needs bigger renewable energy network, infrastructure agency says

Australia needs bigger renewable energy network, infrastructure agency says

Infrastructure Australia, the government’s adviser on major projects, says the country needs far more wind, solar and hydro projects to safeguard the nation’s future energy needs.

  • by Shane Wright and Timna Jacks
JobSeeker recipients will be left $80 a week below the poverty line, research shows
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JobSeeker recipients will be left $80 a week below the poverty line, research shows

The federal government’s lift in the fortnightly dole by $25 a week will leave the base rate still well below the poverty line.

  • by Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke
Workers get wages back but wage growth still at record lows

Workers get wages back but wage growth still at record lows

Wage growth remains at a record low, but for some workers who suffered early pandemic pay cuts there was good news with their wages coming back up.

  • by Shane Wright
Take it or leave it: Government won’t budge on JobSeeker’s $25-a-week rise

Take it or leave it: Government won’t budge on JobSeeker’s $25-a-week rise

The small increase announced for the JobSeeker rate has met fierce criticism, but the Morrison government will refuse any attempts to lift it higher.

  • by Jennifer Duke and Shane Wright
Fairness in Australia - an extra cup of coffee a day
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Fairness in Australia - an extra cup of coffee a day

The debate over a higher JobSeeker payment has been dominated by fairness. It turns out a cheap cup of coffee is where fairness meets the budget bottom line.

  • by Shane Wright