Category Archives: political economy

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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Interview on economic rent taxes on Sydney’s 2ser breakfast radio

This morning I was on 2ser‘s breakfast program with Mitch Byatt discussing the proposal in my recent Conversation article that we should be increasing taxes on economic rent (unearned income). As usual with such a subject much of the interview … Continue reading

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Part 3 of three part series on democracy in The Guardian

If democracy is broken, why should we vote? By Warwick Smith Originally published at, Thursday 18 September 2014 14.28 AEST Some argue that only by withdrawing our participation from the broken system can we hope to fix it or … Continue reading

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Political donations in Australia 2012/13

The below list is from AEC data (via the ABC who saved me the time of compiling a table) of donations to political parties during the 2012/13 fincial year sorted by donor. The objective of this post is to illustrate … Continue reading

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Guest appearance on Radio Roundup – Main FM

On Friday night I was the guest of Radio Roundup‘s Rusty Nails and Ben Boyang where we spent an hour talking about money. We covered a lot of territory including money creation, interest rates, real estate prices, quantitative easing and … Continue reading

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