Rob Burgess

Can Australia manufacture a solution to its import addiction?

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Australia's dependence on imported goods comes at a substantial cost. Maintaining current levels of prosperity will require a shift from volatile booms to value-adding businesses before it is too late.

Palmer and the Greens have got to be kidding

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Instead of negotiating on Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme, the Palmer United Party and the Greens should be arguing for the money to be spent improving childcare provision.

Zen and the art of GST reform

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The media is at least partly to blame for the policies putting more pressure on middle Australia. Rather than fanning another fear campaign, journalists need to embrace a fair debate on GST reform.

We’re wedging ourselves to death

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On a whole host of issues, political opponents divide the community and stir up fears that make actual progress impossible.

Australian self-interest through Asian eyes

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Asian diplomats are too polite to tell Australians how they are really viewed from abroad. One policy area in particular is diminishing our standing.

Why Hockey's safe to debate pensions

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As a mass of affluent, Coalition-voting boomers heads into retirement, Joe Hockey is gambling that his plans to raise the pension age will receive little resistance.

Hockey must work an economic miracle

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On so many issues, Treasurer Hockey is between a rock and a hard place. Keeping growth alive will be an extraordinary achievement.

Free trade or a free kick for ideologues?

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Although he cops criticism for being a paranoid extremist, Bob Katter makes a fair point regarding the lack of transparency of Australia’s trade negotiations.

Japan FTA merits are lost in translation

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Views on the Australia-Japan FTA are sharply divided, but deciding if it's a net win for Australia puts the spotlight on bilateral agreements and their impact on the development of regional trade blocs.

Palmer's 'power' may lead to strange bedfellows

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There are good reasons to think either Labor or the Greens will act to take the wind out of Palmer's sails on the carbon tax by voting for the repeal themselves.

In WA the 'mercy seat' is waiting

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The course of the 44th parliament will fork one way, or the other, based on the votes of a relatively small number of WA citizens who will shape Australian history.

The truth about Palmer's phony GST war

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Clive Palmer isn't the first politician to score points complaining about GST distribution. But changing it would be far more complex than the drum-banging implies.

Hockey's inherited a house of cards

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Imbalances spotlighted by the Financial Services Inquiry could throw up plenty of nasty political problems for Joe Hockey - including the question of why the sector's so disproportionately tilted towards housing.

Does WA care about Shorten’s jobs crisis?

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Time is short to create replacement jobs for those which will inevitably be lost in resources. But right now, WA sees no sign of the slackening 'hours worked' in the rest of the country.

Breeding a generation of tax slaves won't work

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The chasm between future liabilities and current tax is a dilemma facing much of the developed world and the window to fix this fiscal nightmare is short.

Why Labor needs to do badly in WA

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A loss in the WA Senate re-run and the upcoming state elections may not be a bad outcome for Bill Shorten. Firing blanks for now could be a boon for him in the long run.

Is Abbott warrior class, or class warrior?

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On both sides of government, some politicians act in the best interests of the nation and the economy. Others are simply fixated with booting out the ‘wrong kind’ of people on the other side of the fence.

Voters will punish Shorten's lack of vision

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The opposition leader’s tired and vague messages of protecting jobs and democratising the Labor party are not enough to cut through the serious economic issues facing the nation.

Sex, drugs and the WA poll

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Some very rock 'n roll issues are producing uneasy bedfellows in Western Australia and the carbon tax is the ideological 'piggy-in-the-middle'.

No, Treasurer, this is what’s holding us back

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Even Qantas’ own sums highlight the minimal impact of the carbon tax on Australian business. Why more pressing concerns rank lower in economic debate will have historians scratching their heads.

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