Category Archives: political economy

Listen up, Scott Morrison. It’s time to bust the myth of the budget surplus – The Guardian

Originally published at The Guardian on Jan 6 2017. Warwick Smith A fetish of recent decades, budget surpluses lead to private sector debt and are unsustainable in the long term. The current obsession could lead us to recession. On Facebook, … Continue reading

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Trump: from crisis comes opportunity

17 November 2016 By Warwick Smith Originally published at Per Capita Australia The forward march of the neoliberal consensus had for decades appeared to be unstoppable. Somehow the wealthy elite managed to hoodwink us into believing that competition was the … Continue reading

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Cynical workforce participation policy forces solo parents into ranks of unemployed – The Age

By Warwick Smith First published at The Age The Turnbull government is peddling workforce participation nonsense. Some things have changed under the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull. Many things haven’t. When it comes to employment, the government continues to “push on … Continue reading

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Path to budget surplus built on shifting foundations – The Conversation

Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne In the lead up to tonight’s federal budget treasurer Joe Hockey and prime minister Tony Abbott backed away from the strong rhetoric of deficit and debt emergencies that accompanied last year’s budget. However, they have … Continue reading

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Twiggy’s not so crazy cartel idea

By Warwick Smith Andrew (Twiggy) Forrest, recently suggested the big iron ore producers in Australia should cap production of iron ore in order to lift prices. This suggestion has been attacked and ridiculed by the other miners, by the Australian … Continue reading

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TV appearance on ABC’s The Business

I was interviewed for a segment on political donations by financial institutions that aired on Wednesday night on The Business on ABC TV. This followed on from a piece I wrote for The Guardian last year. It’s great the ABC … Continue reading

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The war on waged labour – The Monthly

This piece published today at The Monthly online. The war on waged labour Penalty rates are under threat. What is at stake? By Warwick Smith – Monday, 9th March 2015 Despite being haunted by the spectre of WorkChoices, the campaign by the … Continue reading

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