Ross Gittins

Ross Gittins

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.
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Terrorism vs economic threats

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Ross Gittins Tony Abbott and his ministers are more interested in diverting our attention to exaggerated threats to national security than in fixing our economic threats, says Ross Gittins.

Gittins: Helping the final five per cent

Job seekers browse job notices at a jobs and skills expo run by the Australian government in Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Australia's unemployment rate probably climbed to 5.3 percent last month from 5.1 percent in August, according to the median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/BloombergClick to play video

Ross Gittins Why does a rate of unemployment as high as five per cent represent full employment? Ross Gittins explains.

The truth about 'poles and wires'

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Ross Gittins The big issue in the NSW election campaign is Premier Mike Baird’s plan to partially lease the state’s electricity to private owners. So how much is there for consumers and voters to worry about?

The truth about 'poles and wires'

Ross Gittins The big issue in the NSW election campaign is Premier Mike Baird’s plan to partially lease the state’s electricity to private owners. So how much is there for consumers and voters to worry about?

Gittins: the age of entitlement

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Ross Gittins I guess by now Joe Hockey has realised that when you promise the end of "the age of entitlement", you’re opening a can of worms.

Gittins: getting back to nature

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Ross Gittins There's plenty of evidence that contact with nature is very good for both our feelings of wellbeing and our health. Ross Gittins comments.

Gittins: budget blowout

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Ross Gittins It may take up to a decade of argument and struggle to get the budget back into surplus. Ross Gittins comments.

Gittins: China's climate change myth

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Ross Gittins Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have been busy denigrating the climate change agreement between the United States and China. Is China really doing nothing on climate change? Ross Gittins comments.

Gittins: A country of immigrants

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Ross Gittins Australia is much more a nation of immigrants than many of us realise. It's just a question of when we arrived. Ross Gittins comments.

Gittins: Feds dominating the states

Ross Gittins Since Federation there’s been a trend to centralise the functions of government in Canberra. Ross Gittins comments.

Gittins: Paying too much for electricity?

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Ross Gittins How much you pay on your electricity bill depends on how smart we are in finding the retailer offering the best deal. Ross Gittins offers some tips.

Gittins: why do married women work?

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Ross Gittins For a long time it was common for politicians to argue that mothers were forced to re-enter the workforce to keep up with the rising cost of living. Ross Gittins comments.

Gittins: We need to profit from foreign investment

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Ross Gittins The Australian economy has always relied on an inflow of foreign capital to finance its development. But is Australia driving a good enough bargain? Ross Gittins comments.

Gittins: Understanding the tricks in this budget

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Ross Gittins The new Medical Research Future Fund will allow the Government to cut spending on health while claiming it's hasn't cut spending on health. Ross Gittins explains.

Gittins: Medicare’s ‘universality’ breached

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Ross Gittins Economists know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Well, that's the attitude Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott have taken towards Medicare in the budget. Ross Gittins comments.

Gittins: voters are reeling

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Ross Gittins The government's proposed debt levy has drawn criticism from even the most vociferous supporters of the Coalition.

Commission of Audit: Be afraid, but only mildly so

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Ross Gittins Don’t be too alarmed by the startling proposals by the National Commission of Audit. Few of its recommendations will make it into the budget on Tuesday week. They were never intended to.

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Gittins: What announcing redundancies mean

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Ross Gittins It’s easy to draw the wrong conclusions from announcements about job redundancies. Ross Gittins explains.

Gittins: Hard head, soft heart

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Ross Gittins As a community we need to look after those less fortunate than ourselves and the government should take note. Ross Gittins explains.

Joe Hockey shifting the goalposts with creative accounting

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Ross Gittins How on earth did we convince ourselves this bunch would be miles better at fixing the budget than the last lot?