With The Donald now busy playing poker with Little Rocket Man, the threat of a trade war has receded. Good. Gives us time to get our thinking straight before the threat returns.
Ross Gittins is economics editor of the SMH and an economic columnist for The Age. His books include Gittins' Guide to Economics, Gittinomics and The Happy Economist.
Who pushed housing prices so high? We did. Who failed to do what was needed to counter the increase? Our governments.
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Retailers affect the economy in ways we don't see.
It's wrong to think there'll be no decent careers for people who haven't gone to uni.
In its latest report on Australia, the International Monetary Fund says it isn't worried by our net foreign debt, now just a squeak short of $1 trillion. Just as well, since none of us ever worries about it either.
They say a watched pot never boils, so maybe it's a good thing we now spend so little time worrying about the current account deficit. While our attention's been elsewhere, it's got a lot smaller.
Some people earn their living in ways that damage the environment, and don't want their businesses and lives disrupted by being obliged to stop.
You don't need to read much between the lines to suspect that Reserve Bank governor Dr✓ Philip Lowe and his offsiders think the workers and their unions should be pushing harder for a decent pay rise.
You know the world's behaving strangely when you hear a heavy from the central bank saying it's "expecting more progress" on the "turnaround in inflation", then realise they're hoping inflation will go higher.