Abbott's Real Agenda Takes Shape: Let the Market Decide Who Wins and Who Loses
Throughout his time as Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was a notoriously elusive target. He knew that Labor's problems - most particularly it's internal divisions and an inability to sell a good fiscal story, despite managing a strong economy, meant that the focus was largely off him and on us.
The area where Abbott and his colleagues was most disciplined was on the detail of any market reforms he might pursue in government. Labor had won the 2007 election in large part because [...]
THE YEAR AHEAD: HARDLINE ECONOMIC POLICIES AND MAJOR DISTRACTIONS FROM THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT
2014 is shaping up to be a very tough year in politics – and even tougher for any individual or any sector reliant on government for financial assistance. Workers, farmers, pensioners, regional businesses and airline employees beware. The Abbott Government has shown itself to be more hard line than I had expected – particularly with its unapologetic decision to let Holden and Toyota depart our shores without attempting to save the car industry and the more than 20,000 people whose [...]
A visit to Europe puts things in perspective
This article was originally posted on The Drum.
Last week I attended a conference in Copenhagen of progressive political parties from North America and Europe.
The main point I took away from it was the remarkable contrast between the economies of Australia and the northern hemisphere, and what that means for social harmony.
The two-day conference was dominated by discussions of [...]
Jobs, productivity and Mittelstand in Germany
by Graeme Wedderburn
There was a lot to absorb in the comments made by Business Council of Australia board members in their roundtable discussion with the Australian Financial Review published yesterday.
The nine board members however, seemed to agree the urgent priority for [...]