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Fortunately, Turnbull’s tax cap is just political window-dressing

Fortunately, Turnbull’s tax cap is just political window-dressing

The Turnbull government’s solemn pledge to cap the growth in tax receipts at 23.9 per cent of gross domestic product is a political gimmick.

  • by ROSS GITTINS

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The ramifications of these hearings have never been greater
Opinion
Minimum wage

The ramifications of these hearings have never been greater

Unions and employers are about to slug it out again over minimum wage increases.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Bracket creep lives to fight another day
Opinion
Income tax

Bracket creep lives to fight another day

Whatever Scott Morrison's objectives are, fixing bracket creep isn't one of them.

  • by ROSS GITTINS
Seven charts that show why our housing boom is ending
Property market

Seven charts that show why our housing boom is ending

Tougher credit rules, increased supply and stagnating wage growth are proving a toxic mix for Australia's property market.

  • by Emily Cadman
China is better than us at an age-old problem
Opinion
Sharing economy

China is better than us at an age-old problem

China is taking an approach to its older people that Australia could well learn from.

  • by Harold Mitchell
Hot air: only four clean energy options on track for Paris targets
Energy

Hot air: only four clean energy options on track for Paris targets

Wind generation, hydropower, gas and batteries all need more development, an IEA report says.

  • by Cole Latimer
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'Trust has weakened': Kuwait looks beyond Australia for sheep imports
Trade

'Trust has weakened': Kuwait looks beyond Australia for sheep imports

Kuwait's Al Mawashi, a major importer to Gulf Arab states, is now in talks with South Africa, Sudan and Horn of Africa countries as new sources of livestock.

  • by Fergus Hunter
'Big news for our autoworkers': Trump looks at tariffs on car imports
Trade

'Big news for our autoworkers': Trump looks at tariffs on car imports

The US government is considering launching an investigation into auto imports that could see tariffs of up to 25 per cent imposed on imports, sources say.

  • by David Shepardson & Jeff Mason
Chinese debt a major risk to Australia, says RBA governor Philip Lowe
China

Chinese debt a major risk to Australia, says RBA governor Philip Lowe

Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has identified the build-up of debt and bad loans in China as one of the biggest risks facing the Australian economy.

  • by Peter Martin & Jennifer Duke
Sydney, Melbourne property prices to fall for another 18 months, says CBA
Property prices

Sydney, Melbourne property prices to fall for another 18 months, says CBA

Australia's biggest bank says the downturn in Sydney and Melbourne property prices will continue at least into 2020.

  • by David Scutt
Bluster and empty threats: why Trump's China shift could backfire
Analysis
Trade

Bluster and empty threats: why Trump's China shift could backfire

The Trump administration's decision to back away from its threat to impose tariffs on Chinese imports has frustrated many.

  • by Neil Irwin