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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Ross Gittins The government's proposed debt levy has drawn criticism from even the most vociferous supporters of the Coalition.
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.
Ross Gittins It’s easy to draw the wrong conclusions from announcements about job redundancies. Ross Gittins explains.
Ross Gittins As a community we need to look after those less fortunate than ourselves and the government should take note. Ross Gittins explains.
Ross Gittins How on earth did we convince ourselves this bunch would be miles better at fixing the budget than the last lot?
Ross Gittins How on Earth did we convince ourselves this bunch would be miles better at fixing the budget than the last lot?
Ross Gittins The problem with key performance indicators is that it's easy to measure how many jobs you did, but much harder to measure whether you did them well. Ross Gittins explains.
Ross Gittins The Americans understand that intellectual property is now the main thing they sell the rest of the world, including us. Ross Gittins explains.
Ross Gittins As the rest of the world is getting more serious about combating climate change we’re going the other way. Ross Gittins reports.
Ross Gittins The plan to address a massive shortage of gas in NSW reveals - or exploits - an ignorance of how markets work. Ross Gittins explains.
Ross Gittins In late July, a Labor-constituted parliamentary committee issued a report about geoblocking, or the ‘Australia tax’. Ross Gittins explains.
Ross Gittins Widespread change in the structure of the economy have lead to some industries expanding while others contract. Ross Gittins explains.
Ross Gittins Let me make a fearless prediction: should the Coalition win the election, we'll hear precious little more about the evils of ''debt and deficit''.
Ross Gittins How could we have an election campaign without ‘black holes’ - imaginary or otherwise? Ross Gittins reports.
Ross Gittins The Ipsos research firm’s latest Mind and Mood report has tried to measure the differing conditions and problems in the country compared to the city.
Ross Gittins In election campaigns, the policies and promises come so thick and fast we don’t get time to think about them. Ross Gittins explains.