Category Archives: Op-ed

How about three-day weekends in exchange for working until 70? – The Age

First published in The Age. March 10, 2016 Warwick Smith Most of us would be happy to work a few years longer if it meant a shorter working week. Australians today get more leisure time than past generations, but most … Continue reading

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Privatising Medicare payments is a distraction from real reform – The Drum

This article was originally published at The Drum. By Warwick Smith Posted 10 Feb 2016, 10:23am PHOTO: Are we facing a death by a thousand cuts approach to Medicare reform? (Giulio Saggin, file photo: ABC News) Would the privatisation of the … Continue reading

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Joe Hockey’s unscripted moments of truth reveal what the Government really thinks – The Age

By Warwick Smith Originally published by The Age on September 3, 2015 – 12:17PM. Talk of throwing Hockey to the wolves is worrying. After all, it’s his slip-of-the-truth lines that give us a glimpse of the Government’s real agenda: only the rich … Continue reading

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Op-ed in The Australian that attacks my guardian article is incoherent

The below op-ed was published in last week’s Australian. It is critical of my piece in The Guardian the week before. I contemplated publishing a reply but after reading the piece properly there’s actually very little substance to reply to. … Continue reading

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Abbott achieves the impossible: unity among economists – The Guardian

Originally published in The Guardian. Please go here to read the original. Economists are refuting the three big picture claims made by the government: 1) We have a budget emergency 2) We have a debt crisis and 3) The carbon … Continue reading

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Coal or bust: How Abbott is stranding Australia

By Warwick Smith Originally published at Independent Australia The Abbott government appears intent on dismantling the small but vibrant renewable energy industry in Australia. At the very moment when the rest of the world is coming to their senses about … Continue reading

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My article in today’s Guardian – The United States of Australia?

Are we witnessing the emergence of the United States of Australia? Australia can have its cake and eat it too, because a healthy and materially secure population will repay enormous economic dividends. Instead, we’re going further down the US pathin … Continue reading

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