Gareth Hutchens

Gareth Hutchens


Wide rich-poor gulf can hurt economic growth, warns IMF

A homeless boy on the streets of Sydney

Gareth Hutchens As the Abbott government prepares to wind back the budget, the International Monetary Fund has published an important report explaining how governments should cut spending without hurting the less...

Ian Narev backs Tony Abbott's changes to laws governing financial advice

Ian Narev

Gareth Hutchens The head of Australia’s biggest bank says he supports the Abbott government’s controversial plans to roll back laws governing financial advice.

Government unmoved by Apple 'profit-shifting' revelations

Customers wait in line to purchase new iPhones at the Apple in store in Canberra.
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Photo by Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times


Gareth Hutchens The Abbott government remains unmoved by reports that the US tech giant Apple has shifted billions of dollars from Australia in untaxed profits over the last decade.


Contrast as Western Australia, South Australia farmers thrive, and east dives

While the west has a bumper season, farmers in  the east are struggling.

Gareth Hutchens It is a tale of two farming communities. As farmers in Australia's east suffer a devastating drought, their countrymen in the west are making record incomes.

G20 agrees on global growth boost


Gareth Hutchens, Glenda Kwek The G20 has agreed to develop "ambitious but realistic policies" to lift global growth by more than 2 per cent over the next five years, while pledging to better co-ordinate central bank decisions...

G20 talks to come on growth, jobs: Hockey

Gareth Hutchens Finance ministers and central bankers from across the world are trying to nut out a plan to raise global growth and drive job creation.

Hockey unwilling to offer growth target

Treasurer Joe Hockey

Glenda Kwek, Gareth Hutchens Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has refused to name a target for Australian economic growth despite calling on other Group of 20 nations to agree to an ambitious growth agenda.

OECD warns of new era of low economic growth globally


Gareth Hutchens, Peter Martin Slowdown in productivity and risk of unemployment threatens to usher in new era of low economic growth,

Reserve Bank's Christopher Kent says profits going offshore might be skewing data

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Gareth Hutchens It is difficult to know whether the high Australian dollar has been reflecting economic fundamentals.

Canberra's fingers in too many pies, experts say


Gareth Hutchens Tony Abbott set up a National Commission of Audit to see where taxpayer dollars are spent.


SPC Ardmona rescue: Economists rule out support but concerned about manufacturing


Gareth Hutchens Top economists say the federal government is right to make local manufacturers fend for themselves, but it also needs to think strategically about the country's chance to become a home for high-end...


Commission of Audit to delay report

Gareth Hutchens The Abbott government’s Commission of Audit says it needs to delay its report and federal treasurer Joe Hockey has agreed to extend its deadline.

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Richest 85 boast same wealth as half the world


Gareth Hutchens Eighty-five people control the same amount of wealth as half the world's population.

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ASIC pursues justice but lacks fairness


Gareth Hutchens Economic textbooks rarely talk about power. When they do, it is discussed in terms of market power, as if that's the only kind of power that exists.

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Privatisation doesn't always lead to public good

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Gareth Hutchens You can bet we'll be hearing a lot more about privatisation in the next few months.


Proposed $6 GP fee would hurt the poorest

Gareth Hutchens Would you mind paying a small fee to visit your GP? There are good economic reasons why the idea is being considered, even if you don't like the sound of it.

Boxing Day sales: It's picnic time for shopaholics - you're sure of a big discount

Boxing Day

Gareth Hutchens Going to the Boxing Day sales? Spare a thought for the country's retail workers.


No GST on overseas online shopping this Christmas

Online shopping.

Gareth Hutchens State and federal treasurers agree that the GST-free threshold on goods bought online from overseas retailers must be lowered - but it won't happen just yet.


We wanted the $8.8b, RBA chief says

Glenn Stevens.

Gareth Hutchens Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens has admitted that the controversial $8.8b grant from Joe Hockey was a figure suggested by the central bank.

Resreve Bank governor Glenn Stevens not conviced of foreign exchange intervention for high dollar

Glenn Stevens

Gareth Hutchens Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens says he remains "open-minded" about using foreign exchange intervention to weaken Australia's currency.