Tim Colebatch is The Age's former economic editor.
Tim Colebatch The Whitlam government changed Australia and its reforms have been enduring, writes Tim Colebatch.
Tim Colebatch The cost of supporting the car industry is minor compared with the losses Victoria and the country will face.
Tim Colebatch Victoria remains core Labor territory. New South Wales, once Labor's heartland, has shifted its tectonic plate towards the Coalition.
Tim Colebatch Almost 10 million migrants over the next 50 years will swell Australia's population to more than 40 million by 2060 and more than 50 million by 2100, under dramatically higher new projections by the...
Tim Colebatch There is something to be said for conventional wisdom. Since it is widely shared, a government can win support for sensible action by appealing to it. We can't live beyond our means.
Tim Colebatch Melbourne Cup day is a good opportunity to look at where our country is heading.
Tim Colebatch The National Commission of Audit needs to be rigorous and objective to avoid creating problems for Tony Abbott.
Tim Colebatch The richest 10 per cent of Australians have gained almost 50 per cent of the growth in income over the past three decades as inequality has widened throughout the Western world, according to one of...
Tim Colebatch Victoria's economic strengths will sweep it ahead in the next 20 years, positioning it to capture the demand from Asia's middle class for everything from better food to better education and better...
Tim Colebatch In 2007 David Leyonhjelm, an agricultural consultant with a love of guns and finely hewn libertarian views, stood in Bennelong against prime minister John Howard.
Tim Colebatch A new stand on the Senate floor may need to be built if a double dissolution is called.
Tim Colebatch and Judith Ireland Shape of the new Senate - and the influence of billionaire Clive Palmer's party in the new Parliament - hinges on another recount.
Tim Colebatch, Judith Ireland The shape of the new Senate - and the influence of billionaire Clive Palmer's party in the new Parliament - now hinges on another recount, after the Palmer United Party and Labor snared the last two...
Tim Colebatch The 2012-13 budget deficit has ended up slightly smaller than Labor forecast in the May budget – but Treasurer Joe Hockey says prospects for 2013-14 are looking even worse now than when the election...
Tim Colebatch, Andrew Darby Jacqui Lambie defeats Sex Party's Robbie Swan to take out final Senate seat in Tasmania.
Tim Colebatch The Palmer United Party has won its first seat at the election, with its candidate Jacqui Lambie taking out the final Senate seat in Tasmania.
Tim Colebatch Three Senate races down to the wire, including between Sports and Palmer parties.
Tim Colebatch A growing yet ageing population will force up the GST, like it or not.
Tim Colebatch Despite its sweeping victory at the election, the Coalition will have fewer women in the new House of Representatives than Labor. But it will have more than twice as many men.
Tim Colebatch Labor leadership aspirants Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten have flagged that they will try to reverse the Gillard government's decision to move single parents onto the dole when their youngest...