Rob Burgess

Could a 'Clive-zilla' help sell Australia?

Tourism figures show Australia's global ranking is falling, and billions of dollars in economic benefits are being missed, due to lack of political attention to the sector.

Lambie's gaffe was about class, not sex

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Amid a deluge of double-entendres, the Lambie controversy is really a debate about ‘what kind of person’ is fit to represent Australians in a democratic parliament.

A Napoleonic lesson in job creation

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Federal budget tightness, and the questionable economic value of some academic degrees, point to the question of whether Australia would be better off varying its approach to the role of universities.

How far must real incomes fall?

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GDP growth parted company from income growth in 1999 – and there's every sign real wages are now set for a decline. How unions behave will make a significant difference for everyone.

How Abbott's driving us back to the future

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Lack of public transport infrastructure investment and a slightly lower fuel price are keeping Australians in their cars, and hitting productivity in the process.

Will the green conservatives please stand up

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Traditional conservatism involved anxiety to protect the natural environment and preserve it for future generations. Tony Abbott's 'conservationism' may win votes, but it's quite a different ideology.

An ideological war will ravage Australia

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A grand compact between unions and business is needed to usher in the economy's structural transformation, but such long-term vision is likely to be a casualty of ideological warfare.

Too pure to die, too poor to live

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Our super system is ill-equipped to provide elderly Australians with the income and flexibility needed to manage longevity risk. Increasing life expectancy rates will make matters worse.

Making up with Kevin Andrews

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Data that indicates changing family and social relationships are behind Australia's housing supply and demand differences makes Kevin Andrews' most recent initiative not a bad idea at all.

Abbott's 'fiscal emergency' is the symptom, not the disease

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The Abbott government has falsely claimed slashed spending can dig Australia out of a hole. But it's the big-picture economy, not national debt, that needs urgent action ... or Australia's situation can only worsen.

The housing 'glass half full' is leaking

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Problems with employment patterns and terms of trade mean housing market fundamentals that heartened the CIS are unlikely to be so friendly in coming years.

Charting the politics of fear

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Irrational joy at the carbon tax repeal recalls two-and-a-half decades’ worth of fear and wrath over industrial relations shifts, which data shows have actually changed nothing.

An awkward time to mention migration

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When economies hit roadbumps, skilled migration takes on a very different light. That makes the government's disbanding of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency a little suspicious.

Trouble in the bedroom for housing investors

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As job and welfare benefit losses bite, areas with mortgage trouble will be further squeezed. That's likely to trigger changing patterns of habitation across the nation.

The urgency of Abbott's federation shake-up

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As Australia's prosperity endures on borrowed time, the government must get on the front foot and use all channels available to ensure its best ideas for reform can thrive.

Could a 'defeatist' budget work again?

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'Horror budgeting' has helped Australia in the past, when conditions were starkly different. But Joseph Stiglitz’s modern take says one piece of the puzzle is missing.

A new asset class growing under Hockey's nose

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In an environment where 'record highs' threaten to turn into 'record busts', a growing number of Australians are treating housing as an annuity which provides protected, low returns in times of volatility.

Starving out pigs and commies at the ABC

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Few institutions inspire hysteria quite like the ABC, with the political right continually attacking its funding while the left cries wolf about its desecration. Both sides need a reality check.

Does a 'religious left' threaten Abbott?

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Politically significant religious leaders may find reason to put aside their differences with the progressive left and push a joint agenda for social change.

Why libertarians can't agree on plain-pack ciggies

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Clashing concepts of personal and corporate freedom have MPs at loggerheads… but Tony Abbott has, in fact, cast his vote on the packaging question long ago.

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