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Party’s over: Russia’s richest aren’t welcome at Davos

Party’s over: Russia’s richest aren’t welcome at Davos

The rich and powerful flocking to Davos this year won’t be forced for once to bear the icy winter wind, but the frostiness toward Russia will be palpable.

  • by Andrea Dudik

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What Treasury told the new treasurer... probably
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What Treasury told the new treasurer... probably

When an incoming treasurer is briefed by top Treasury officials, they are often told uncomfortable truths. Here’s my fictional take on what Jim Chambers might have been told in recent days.

  • by Jessica Irvine
‘Contagion’: Experts warn ‘zombie’ businesses will drive collapses

‘Contagion’: Experts warn ‘zombie’ businesses will drive collapses

The construction industry is most at risk from financially distressed companies that have been lurching around after being propped up by government stimulus.

  • by Sarah Danckert
Why having Labor in charge shouldn’t be your biggest fear

Why having Labor in charge shouldn’t be your biggest fear

How is an Albanese government going to perform? Not as well as the new government’s supporters hope, but not as badly as its opponents predicted.

  • by Ross Gittins
How the West is strangling Putin’s economy

How the West is strangling Putin’s economy

Russia is making a lot of money selling oil and gas but it can’t buy what it needs. Make no mistake, Putin is losing the economic war.

  • by Paul Krugman
Planes, trains and autocues: Pollies on script with wasteful vote-buying projects

Planes, trains and autocues: Pollies on script with wasteful vote-buying projects

None of the transport projects proposed by the two parties during the election campaign has been assessed by Infrastructure Australia as nationally significant and worth building.

  • by Ross Gittins
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Sydney hit by pre-election petrol price rise despite fuel excise cut

Sydney hit by pre-election petrol price rise despite fuel excise cut

Average petrol prices in Sydney are back above $2 a litre on the eve of the federal election.

  • by Matt Wade
Politicians say they love local manufacturing. Here’s how they can act on it

Politicians say they love local manufacturing. Here’s how they can act on it

Factories provide an excellent backdrop for high-vis clad politicians to make election campaign announcements. But the reality is that local manufacturing employs just about 6 per cent of the Australian workforce.

  • by Jesse Adams Stein
Britain is heading for economic oblivion

Britain is heading for economic oblivion

The last time UK inflation was at these levels, British troops were fighting in the Falklands, Prince William was born and Steven Spielberg’s E.T became the highest grossing film of all time.

  • by Ben Marlow
Why modern politics goads us to be greedy, and forget the needy

Why modern politics goads us to be greedy, and forget the needy

We’ve been encouraged to see elections as transactional, not aspirational, which doesn’t leave much room for policies that seek to improve the lot of those most in need.

  • by Ross Gittins
Super v housing: it’s time young people had that debate

Super v housing: it’s time young people had that debate

Politicians could really help the young by not forcing an increasing amount of their pay packets into super, while also addressing the underlying forces driving house prices ever higher.

  • by Jessica Irvine