Jessica Irvine has been writing about economics for Fairfax since 2005, including a two-year stint in the Canberra Press Gallery. In her alter ego as Econogirl, she sets out with superhero-like resolve to solve the mysteries of the "money stuff'' no-one understands. Follow her on Twitter.
Jessica Irvine Everything you need to know about today's quarterly health check on the economy is reflected in the graph below. It's the money shot, so to speak.
Jessica Irvine In Olympic figure skating, the manoeuvre known as a backflip is illegal. Ice skaters will have points deducted or potentially be disqualified for performing the move.
Jessica Irvine And there was me thinking Iceland was just a peaceful nation of fishermen in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Jessica Irvine It is instructive what does and does not pass for a ‘‘crisis’’ these days.
Jessica Irvine And so we pause to give thanks, remembering the true meaning of Easter: chocolate.
Jessica Irvine When I was in year 7, I joined my high school debating team. For a girl with no sporting ability, it seemed the appropriate thing to do.
Jessica Irvine The ghosts of treasurers past have returned from the dead to haunt the halls of Parliament House – and one politician in particular.
Jessica Irvine And the Oscar for best supporting man goes to (slight pause as I fumble with the envelope): Greg Combet, for his role as ‘‘Mr Fix-it’’ in The Great Insulation ...
Jessica Irvine We call them ''slashies'', for want of a better name: the models turned actresses turned uber-celebrity for reasons we can’t quite remember why.
Jessica Irvine I realise I am too late for Valentine’s Day but I’ve discovered the formula for long-lasting love and the perfect marriage.
Jessica Irvine By now the credit card statements cataloguing our summer spending splurge have arrived, prompting horrified cries of ‘‘oh my’’ – or something rather more profane – from recipients.
Jessica Irvine PARLIAMENT is back, election fever is in the air and politicians are storming the small screen.
Jessica Irvine Any household found displaying an Australian flag past Australia Day be forced to put out the rubbish bins for all other houses on their street for a month.
Jessica Irvine Prince William's visit to Australia this week did not spark any swelling tide of republican sentiment
Jessica Irvine Excuse me if I don’t get too upset that interest rates are almost certain to rise again . . .
Jessica Irvine Optimism. It's that fragile quality which, once possessed, drives us towards ever greater achievement..
Jessica Irvine THE American Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman has called it the ''Big Zero'' but Australians have plenty of reasons to celebrate the first decade of the 21st century.
Jessica Irvine My family owns a dog-eared copy of The Night Before Christmas...