Author Archives: Warwick Smith

Mineral wealth, Clive Palmer, and the corruption of Australian politics – The Conversation

Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne Clive Palmer is reportedly spending A$70 million of his own money on his party‚Äôs campaign. How is it possible for one individual to command so much wealth and where did it come from? The sad … Continue reading

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Labor wants to pay childcare wages itself. A perfect storm makes it not such a bad idea

This article was first published in The Conversation. Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne This article is part of an election series on wages, industrial relations, Labor and the union movement ahead of the 2019 federal election. You can read other … Continue reading

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Memories. In 1961 Labor promised to boost the deficit to fight unemployment. The promise won

  First published in The Conversation Arthur Caldwell almost defeated Robert Menzies in the poll in 1961, and won the debate about policy. National Archives, National Library of Australia, Wikimedia Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne Lately, governments and oppositions have … Continue reading

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The simple approach to carbon

By Warwick Smith First published in The Canberra Times and other Fairfax newspapers. What is fee and dividend carbon pricing? Carbon fee and dividend is a model for pricing climate pollutants where a fee is charged on producers of emissions, … Continue reading

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Video of speech for the Victorian Fabians

Here’s a speech I gave on the economics of inequality at the AGM of the Victorian Fabians. The speech notes are below the video. Warwick Smith from Australian Fabians Inc. (AFI) on Vimeo. Speech notes from Per Capita’s Medium page. … Continue reading

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Governments haven’t always shirked responsibility for our low wages – The Conversation

Post-war Australia experienced a boom with full employment and falling inequality. State Library of Queensland Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne For the last four years or so average wages in Australia have barely kept pace with inflation, meaning no real … Continue reading

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RRR Uncommon Sense interview on full employment

I was interviewed by Amy Mullins on Uncommon Sense following the publication of my report on the history of unemployment in Australia. The interview is about 40 minutes long which allowed us to really delve into the topic of unemployment. … Continue reading

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