Australian Society and Politics
You can’t think (or write, or speak) about an economy without also having a sense of the broader social and economic framework in which it operates. I try very hard to avoid partisan political commentary, but I do sometimes feel moved to write or talk about social or political developments.
Why Reserve Bank needs to raise rates next weekAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, News, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy | 28th April 2022
Saul talked with The Conversation’s Chief Political Correspondent Michelle Grattan on 27th April about this week’s much bigger-than-expected March quarter inflation data, and its implications for next week’s RBA Board meeting and for the current election campaign.
“Why ‘less’ could be more when it comes to solving housing affordability crisis” – interview with Melbourne radio 3AW’s Tom ElliottAustralian Society and Politics, Housing, News | 22nd April 2022
I spoke with Melbourne radio 3AW’s ‘Drive’ presenter Tom Elliott on 22nd April about why successive governments’ policies designed (so they say) to reverse the 56-year slide in home ownership rates have failed. https://omny.fm/shows/drive-with-tom-elliott/prominent-economist-explains-why-less-could-be-mor
Who are the ‘better managers’ of Australia’s economy?Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Publications, The Australian Economy | 21st April 2022
Article originally published on John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations site on 21st April 2022, asking whether either of Australia’s major political parties can credibly claim to be “better economic managers” than the other.
60 years of housing policy failureAustralian Society and Politics, Housing, News, Recent Media Interview | 18th April 2022
Saul talks to ABC News 24’s Joe O’Brien about the long term failure of the housing policies of successive Australian governments of both major political persuasion.
“Better economic managers”: a factcheck with Saul EslakeAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, News, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy | 13th April 2022
Saul talks to Linda Mottram, of ABC Radio’s flagship program “PM” about the accuracy of political parties’ claims, during election campaigns like the current one, to be “better economic managers” than their opponents
How greed and politics threaten Tasmanian living standardsAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, News, Tasmania | 12th April 2022
Article published by the Tasmanian magazine Forty South about the corruption of the long-standing principles under which revenues from the GST (and before the introduction of the GST in 2000, ‘general purpose grants’ from the Federal Government) are shared among Australia’s states and territories How greed and politics threaten Tasmanian living standards
Scott Morrison spruiks Australia’s post-Covid jobs recovery. We factcheck himAustralian Society and Politics, News, The Australian Economy | 8th April 2022
Guardian Australia’s Paul Karp filed this story based on an interview with Saul, ‘fact checking’ the PM’s claim that the Covid-19 recession was “30 times worse” than the GFC. Scott Morrison spruiks Australia’s post-Covid jobs recovery. We factcheck him | Australian politics | The Guardian
GST carve up “one of the worst policy decisions” of the past 20 years.Australian Society and Politics, News | 8th April 2022
Yanchep News Online, which serves Yanchep, Gingin and surrounding areas on the northern outskirts of Perth, has very generously (and bravely, some might say), published this article from YT on the GST revenue-sharing ‘dirty deal’ imposed by the Morrison Government three years ago, and which is being ‘phased in’ over five years starting in the […]