Category Archives: political economy

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 theguardian.com, 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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Joe Hockey fights to claw back a little for the overburdened wealthy

By Warwick Smith Originally published at The AIM NetworkAugust 11, 2014 If Joe Hockey’s first budget wasn’t enough to convince people that the government was going into bat for the nation’s wealthy, then Joe himself has surely confirmed this with … 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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Tony Abbot the conservationist

By Warwick Smith Despite once infamously stating that the science behind human induced climate change was “absolute crap”, Tony Abbott has since publicly accepted that climate change really is happening and that he wants to do something about it. Last … Continue reading

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Budget vision

By Warwick Smith No other event equals the release of a federal budget for a clear statement of what the government really intends for the country. Almost everything else they do is smoke and mirrors. The budget tells us who … Continue reading

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