Category Archives: Australian politics

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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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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Report launch: Unemployment policy in Australia: a brief history

This report was launched at a post-budget event where I was on a discussion panel with Wayne Swan, Stephen Koukoulas and Emma Dawson on May 16. You can listen to a podcast of the event. Executive Summary Maintaining full employment … Continue reading

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There is a fix for house prices – but Victoria has missed its opportunity again

By Warwick Smith This article was originally published at The Age on 2 May 2017. Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas’ 2017/18 budget contains a handful of measures aimed at improving housing affordability, including exempting first home buyers from stamp duty for … Continue reading

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