Rob Burgess

Can democracy survive new media?

The social media revolution has changed the dynamic between politicians and the media, but the need for good journalism remains as strong as ever.

The fiscal storm confronting young Australia

Economic and demographic changes mean younger Australians are facing a perfect storm of bad luck -- and there’s no quick fix.

Abbott and Shorten are snookered by Murray

Should the major parties fail to find a bipartisan solution to the Murray inquiry's recommendations, Nick Xenophon is likely to emerge as a serious cross-bench threat.

Can Grumpy Joe sell the bad news that's coming?

The Coalition is keen to roll out its agenda for tax reform, but an angry electorate may be unlikely to warm to Joe Hockey's sales pitch.

How business can bypass the pollies on tax reform

While politicians dither on tax reform, an alliance between social services leaders and major business groups is set to shake up the tax debate.

To Labor GST means 'good scare tactic'

There is a good fiscal case for raising GST, but Labor will ensure it doesn’t happen.

Shorten’s fiscal plan is also a lie

It’s time for the ALP to speak up and come clean on their own fiscal agenda.

Victoria's lesson is not about Abbott

The real lesson of the poll result is that while we all want better services, we don't appear ready to pay for them.

Abbott’s failed experiment is not the end

The trick of outsourcing election pledges to the Commission of Audit did not work. Yet its chaotic aftermath opens up political opportunity for the side of politics brave enough to grasp it.

New lies put Gillard’s sin in perspective

Many castigated Julia Gillard for her 'carbon tax lie' despite the policy's complex history, but it will be much harder to forgive the Coalition for its litany of broken promises.

Status and power in the family home

As prestige brands like BMW enter the electric vehicle market, we could see energy self-sufficiency become the ultimate luxury good of the 21st century.

Lambie and Muir are forgotten people

Jacqui Lambie and Ricky Muir have long been pilloried by the political classes, but the tables have turned, with these unruly senators likely to trouble the Coalition.

The art of a good recession

'Work for the dole' schemes punish the young, rather than address the structural causes of their joblessness. A more creative approach is needed.

Girls who like boys who like girls who like work

Increasing female workforce participation has been touted as a way to boost economic growth, but bridging the gender gap is hardly a simple task.

When the young abandon Australia

A tough job market and soaring house prices could push more young Australians to leave our shores. And we'll be worse off for it.

Obama ends Abbott’s coal comfort

While President Obama tugs at our heartstrings with the Great Barrier Reef, Prime Minister Abbott still expects voters to get gooey-eyed about coal.

The dark side of Teflon Tony's carbon plans

For years, the Coalition successfully conflated rising power prices with the carbon tax, but continued increases hint at the dysfunctional state of our power system.

Hockey's Treasury attacks return to haunt him

In opposition, Joe Hockey criticised Labor for releasing overly optimistic budget forecasts, but next month's MYEFO may prove to be a thorn in his side.

From Green Army to national service

Australia scrapped conscription in 1972 but with a new generation of young under-employed with few prospects for work, perhaps it’s time to revisit the merits of national service.

What's our online 'star chamber' actually for?

The planned data retention laws won’t catch the real criminals and should be viewed suspiciously.