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Unhappy delusion: Life's less expensive than you think

Illustration: Glen Le Lievre

Ask any pollie, pollster or punter in the pub and they'll all tell you there are no political issues hotter than the soaring cost of living. But this week the Australian Bureau of Statistics issued its consumer price index for the December quarter.

Dawn may break in fool's paradise

Illustration: Simon Letch

So, no train strike in Sydney because unionists were ordered to keep working by the Fair Work Commission. Is that good news or bad? Depends on the point from which you view it – but don't assume you have only one of 'em.

Stand back – working women coming through

Females accounted for the majority of the sharp 403,000 rise in employment, entering more full-time jobs than males.

Mark 2017 down as the year of the working women's surge: Females accounted for the majority of the sharp 403,000 rise in employment, entering more full-time jobs than males.

Adani's mega mine: it's not over yet

The Adani coal mine is opposed by over 70 per cent of people who know about the project.

Here we are at the start of 2018 still talking about the prospect of allowing the largest thermal coal mine in Australia to proceed - and in the middle of a climate crisis.

Keynes or Keynesian isn't a dirty word

John Maynard Keynes was interested in how Australia had been hit by the Depression.

Whenever you meet someone who uses the words Keynes or Keynesian as a swear word – or as synonyms for socialist – know that their adherence to neoliberal dogma far exceeds their understanding of mainstream economics.

We'd be mugs to panic and cut our company tax rate

Illustration: Glen Le Lievre

The Americans' decision to drop their company tax rate to 21 per cent from the start of next year is unlikely to overcome our Senate's resistance to cutting our company tax rate to 25 per cent for big business. Which is no bad thing.

No real gift in giving: culture of Christmas must change

A hugely disproportionate share of economic activity – particularly consumer spending – occurs in one month of the year, ...

Christmas, we're assured, brings out our best selves. We're full of goodwill to all men (and women). We get together with family and friends – even those we don't get on with – eat and drink and give each other presents.

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