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.

Gittins: Danger, election ahead

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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.

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Governments dancing to the beat of big business

Ross Gittins Like most, I believe in democracy. But I also believe in capitalism, and though the two are usually seen in the West as a good fit, of late I'm having doubts.

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How intuitive morality has challenged the rationalists

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Ross Gittins Paul Keating still quotes his early mentor, Jack Lang: ''In the race of life, always back self-interest - at least you know it's trying''.

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Prescription for better health: give the have-nots a hand up

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Ross Gittins It's a well established fact and most of us have at least heard of it. It's also a surprising fact. But it's a fact that doesn't get nearly as much attention as it deserves - not from our...

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A few nasties, but the budget is OK overall

Ross Gittins If you are having trouble seeing the horror budget we were told to expect, that's according to plan. This government has always wanted to be tough in principle, but never in practice.

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With friends and neighbours you're the richest man in town

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Ross Gittins We live in the age of the city. A year or two ago we passed the point where half the world's population was now living in urban areas.

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Happiness is a two-way street shared with your fellow man

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Ross Gittins Fed up with all the wrangling and speculation over who should be leading the Labor Party? Want something more substantial? How about the meaning of life - that weighty enough for you?

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Doom and gloom? Things aren't nearly as bad as you think

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Ross Gittins Economists don't have a good record on forecasting what will happen to the economy.

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Breakdown in relations is everyone's business

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Ross Gittins I get to meet a lot of famous and interesting people in my job, but few have had more influence on me than Dr Michael Schluter, the social thinker, social entrepreneur and founder of Britain's...

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Not all that different but clearly better

Ross Gittins This is the I-solemnly-promise-to-be-tough budget. Its nasties come as an IOU. When the whole state had its tongue hanging out for deliverance from the Carr-Iemma-Rees-Keneally government, some...

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Tough, but not tough enough as maiden budget pulls its punches

Ross Gittins This budget may not seem tough, but it's tougher than it looks. It's a promise to cut government spending programs over the next four years, but with no details.

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A crack in the wall of xenophobia

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Ross Gittins Politicians have long played to age-old fears of outsiders in demonising asylum seekers - but things are changing.

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We're kidding ourselves on living costs

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Ross Gittins It's human nature to think we're doing it hard, but most are doing all right.

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Carbon price is no fix-all

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Ross Gittins Gillard slashes sundry green programs, wrongly believing a price on carbon will suffice.

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A rabble without a cause

Ross Gittins We're losing the ability to fall in behind a leader, naysayers stealing the floor at every turn.

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Our economy has a lot more going for it than minerals

Ross Gittins Australia's resources boom is just one part of its sustained success.

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Suits us to be deluded on climate

Ross Gittins We justify doing nothing on emissions by insisting that others make cuts first. They have. We're the laggards.

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Food figures overcooked

Ross Gittins Australia is a net importer of food? Time to turn up the bulldust detector.

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It's in your own best interest to save before Reserve forces you

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Ross Gittins Barring some global catastrophe, the outlook for our economy is particularly bright - so a lot of people aren't going to like it. Why not?

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All that glitters is not gold

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Ross Gittins Economic good times lie ahead, but interest rates are likely to go up, and stay up, perhaps until the next downturn.

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