The head of the Bureau of Statistics has apologised for poor judgement and testing the patience of Australians during the 2016 census.
Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.
Australia's top financial regulator has dismissed as self-serving arguments by Australia's big four banks that they can't afford to offer so-called "tracker mortgages" that would move in tandem in official interest rates.
So concerned is the head of the Treasury about the cost of housing, he says he is having to help out one of his own children, and that parents like him are endangering their superannuation.
New Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has held out hope of further interest rate cuts, saying he needs to guard against inflation expectations falling too far.
'Noodle bowl' of agreements is difficult for business to navigate
A decade ago in the leadup to the global financial crisis the Bureau of Statistics dimmed the lights. It suspended its job vacancies survey and slashed its employment survey by a quarter.
Six months ago the business-backed Committee for the Economic Development of Australia presented the Turnbull government with what it said was a clear and practical plan to return the budget to surplus. There were 5 of them in fact, including different mixes of proposals such as better taxing superannuation contributions, halving the tax discount for capital gains, ending negative gearing, boosting taxes on luxury cars, alcohol and tobacco, and taxing the private health insurance rebate.
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's most senior advisor has lashed out at Australian managers, saying they are failing to pursue opportunities and holding back national income.
Male mining engineers, school principals, surgeons and anaesthetists will be the biggest beneficiaries of the high-end tax cut currently before the Senate, with men more than twice as likely to benefit as women.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has blamed the media for the failure of its census hotline and blamed an overseas denial of service attack for the failure of its census website in a strongly worded submission to a Senate inquiry that also attempts to deflect blame for the overwhelming of its website on its contractor IBM.