Opinions

Commission's super proposals are experimental and high risk

Posted: Thursday 31 May, 2018

How did a report that finds that people are better off in a default super fund end up making a recommendation that teenagers should make decisions about their super which could stick with them for their entire lives?

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  • A Policy Reset for Jobs and Growth

    Author: Stephen Anthony, Posted: Thursday 18 January, 2018

    The challenge for the Treasurer in 2018 and beyond is to generate an upward spiral of non mining and new dwelling investment to help reverse the low productivity and falling competitiveness of the post GFC period. This vicious cycle has in part been a toxic byproduct of the stifling pettiness and fractious division that has characterised Australian politics and policy-making since mid-2010.

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  • Time for Christmas Budget Cheer

    Author: Stephen Anthony, Posted: Thursday 18 January, 2018

    With the Government’s 2017-18 Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) due Monday, a review into the likely national bottom-line is timely. Certainly the domestic economy is likely to achieve respectable growth in 2018 and it appears that non-mining business investment is recovering nicely. All this is good news. Surely the Treasurer can finally back in a return to surplus in 2020-21?

    No ...

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  • Better Banks Drive Productivity & Living Standards

    Author: Stephen Anthony, Posted: Thursday 05 October, 2017

    Australia’s banks are certainly failing to meet their obligations as custodians of the public good to drive growth and to raise community welfare. This is a long term problem. Public confidence in Australia’s banks has been steadily eroding since financial deregulation in 1983 and now the brand of the Big 4 banks, especially CommBank, is at its nadir.

    What has gone wrong?

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  • It's time to get banks back to nation-building basics

    Author: Stephen Anthony, Posted: Wednesday 30 August, 2017

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  • High road of reform jettisoned in Budget

    Author: Stephen Anthony, Posted: Tuesday 30 May, 2017

    There is an old German proverb which says “Den Bock zum Gärtner machen” – don’t let a billy goat loose in the vegetable garden. The 2017-18 Budget - wringing with lost opportunity and weighed down by political opportunism – reminded me of this.

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  • Guilt & Gratitude

    Author: Sarah Saunders, Posted: Thursday 09 March, 2017

    How do women balance work and family and, at the end of it, still have enough to retire on, asks Sarah Saunders.

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