We should do to the banks what we've done to the taxi industry and the car industry and the airline industry.
Peter Martin is the economics editor for The Age, based at Parliament House
The Reserve Bank has held out little hope of a quick end to stagnant wage growth, saying even employers keen to hire workers are reluctant to push up wages.
Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe has hit out at calls for him to push up interest rates, saying he won’t be swayed by increases overseas.
The RBA has signalled that the next increase in interest rates is some time off, opening the year with a statement in which the key word is “gradual”.
The BusinessDay survey predicts lacklustre economic growth, a share market that will struggle to keep pace with inflation and a stubbornly high Aussie.
We asked 26 of Australia's leading economists for their opinions on the year ahead.
No-one got 2017 as right as Bill Evans. The Westpac veteran picked economic growth of 3 per cent, nominal growth of 5.4 per cent and a steady cash rate.
Government spending on tax breaks is set to hit a record $170 billion in 2017-18.
The International Monetary Fund says Trump's tax cuts will boost economic growth, but things aren't as clear down under.
Australia has retained its coveted AAA credit rating, but Standard and Poor's says the outlook is "negative".