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Michael Pascoe is a BusinessDay contributing editor. He comments on companies, markets and the economy.
Michael Pascoe The good news is that non-mining business investment is rising, but the federal budget remains the great unknown.
Michael Pascoe Looming restructure of the Lowy family global property empire highlights renumeration concerns by the Australian Shareholders Association. Michael Pascoe comments.
Michael Pascoe I have some good news for the federal government: labour productivity is going through the roof.
Michael Pascoe The extreme divisiveness of Australian politics over the past four years is starting to extract an economic toll.
Michael Pascoe Increasing the GST is more popular than increasing fuel excise by CPI indexation, according to the Fairfax/Nielsen post-budget poll - and increasing the GST certainly isn't popular.
Michael Pascoe Joe Hockey is putting his political cycle ahead of the needs of the economic cycle. Michael Pascoe comments.
Michael Pascoe Although it was a well leaked budget, three real surprises have only been partially recognised. Michael Pascoe comments.
Michael Pascoe How's that "age of entitlement" thing going for you?
Michael Pascoe While everyone's been off chasing weasel words, the centrepiece of Joe Hockey's first budget has been largely overlooked.
Michael Pascoe Stand by for a strange budget that promises growth at the same time as cutbacks designed to deal with an immediate crisis that doesn't exist.
Michael Pascoe The government seems to have ensured that the bad news has already been published. So the actual budget Tuesday night shouldn’t have much shock value.
Michael Pascoe The Reserve Bank confirmed what it said three months ago, the gloomy numbers Joe Hockey has been relentlessly pushing since December, are wrong.
Michael Pascoe The Reserve Bank believes fiscal policy will push unemployment higher – and that’s before the threatened squeeze of Joe Hockey’s first budget.
Michael Pascoe It's another indication of how poorly our mid-market department stores are performing that anyone thought David Jones' third quarter sales result was "good". It was barely "less bad".
Michael Pascoe Disclosure is necessary at the start of this story: the Export Finance Insurance Corporation hired me to facilitate a panel for a roadshow on small-to-medium enterprises exporting so I am tainted by...
Michael Pascoe Ever wondered why no banks faced criminal charges post-GFC despite incurring more than $US230 billion in fines?
Michael Pascoe It's been three months since Australia's immediate economic outlook took a turn for the better, a turn the federal government has insisted on ignoring at any price.
Michael Pascoe Do you really want more of the nation’s future in their hands? Michael Pascoe investigates.
Michael Pascoe The commission's most disruptive recommendation is based on the idea that competitive federalism is superior to cooperative federalism. In theory, it should be.
Michael Pascoe Comment: If the economy is growing robustly, revenue should be rising nicely, removing the immediate need for an urgent tax increase.