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.
Social Policy in the post-Covid WorldAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Housing, News | 4th October 2021
A presentation to the Board of the Australian Council to Homeless Persons, focussing on housing affordability (for both buyers and renters), income support for unemployed people and poverty reduction, and ‘fiscal sustainability’ for the Commonwealth and state & territory governments.
The “corrupt bargain” imposed by the Morrison GovernmentAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview, Tasmania | 28th September 2021
Saul talks to Tasmania Talks’ Mike O’Loughlin about Tasmania’s Treasury’s findings regarding the “corrupt bargain” imposed by the Morrison Government regarding the distribution of GST revenue among the states and territories, 28th September 2021
The ‘corrupt bargain’ underpinning WA’s budget surplusesAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Taxation | 16th September 2021
Article published in the Australian Financial Review on 16th September 2021, examining the way in which Western Australia’s budget surpluses are being bolstered at the expense of the rest of Australia by the ‘corrupt bargain’ over shares of revenue from the GST imposed by the Morrison Government three years ago
Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue inquiry into Housing Affordability and Supply in AustraliaAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Housing | 31st August 2021
My submission to a House of Representatives Committee inquiry into housing affordability and home ownership, which recapitulates things I’ve been writing and saying about housing affordability and home ownership for the best part of four decades – without ever having really made any difference to the housing policies which governments at all levels and of […]
Is Australia having a Second Recession?Australian Society and Politics, News, Publications, The Australian Economy | 16th August 2021
A recession is commonly defined as two or more quarters of negative growth in real GDP. But that’s a silly rule – and it isn’t used in the US, where the body which officially delineates recessions last month said that the 2020 recession lasted just two months. If the bushfires of late 2019 and early […]
The Economics of International MobilityAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Video, The Arts, The Australian Economy | 12th August 2021
Virtual presentation to the Australian Performing Arts Market ‘Gathering’ on 12th August 2021, looking at trends in (and consequences) of international mobility of goods and services, capital and people, both pre- and post-Covid, and the consequences of Covid for the performing arts. Scroll down to view the recording.