Help us conduct more 'research that matters'; and reflections on the federal budget
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Richard's reflections on the federal budget
Once upon a time the justification for delivering the federal budget speech at 7.30pm was so that the stock market and money market would have time to absorb the information before the next day’s trading began.
But these days, with many Australian shares listed on international stock exchanges and the Australian dollar traded just as effectively in New York or London while the budget speech is being delivered as it is in Sydney the next morning, this tradition simply allows the Government to influence how the budget is reported.
While some might argue that it's not a bad thing that we get to hear, live and uninterrupted, the budget speech once a year, consider what we don't get.
Surplus fetish: The political economy of the surplus, deficit and debt, D Richardson, 9 May
The industries that cried wolf, R Denniss, 18 April
The price of disloyalty: Why competition has failed to lower ATM fees, J Fear, 17 February
Complementary or contradictory? An analysis of the design of climate policies in Australia, R Denniss and A Macintosh, 9 February
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Why the obsession with a budget surplus?, The Drum, 9 May
'Green jobs' won't save the debate, Climate Spectator, 6 May
Retailers battered by online shopping, ABC Radio National Breakfast, 9 May
Dick Smith's foreign food fightback, A Current Affair, 12 May