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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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?

Hard to be impressed by this piece of creative accounting

Treasurer Joe Hockey

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

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Ross Gittins: Are KPIs a fad?

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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.

Gittins: Copyright is a big deal

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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.

Gittins: Are we doing enough for the climate?

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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.

Gittins: Fracking fools

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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.

Gittins: Reducing the 'Australia Tax'

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Ross Gittins In late July, a Labor-constituted parliamentary committee issued a report about geoblocking, or the ‘Australia tax’. Ross Gittins explains.