Tag Archives: The Guardian

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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The budget is the greatest moral challenge of our time? Bollocks

  By Warwick Smith All the assertions in Malcolm Turnbull’s statement about the budget being a fundamental moral challenge are flawed. Let’s look at them one at a time This article was originally published in The Guardian. The prime minister, Malcolm … Continue reading

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Joe Hockey is beginning to understand not all taxes are created equal – The Guardian

By Warwick Smith Originally published at The Guardian. The treasurer’s endorsement of land tax in South Australia is an encouraging move away from his general opposition to taxation Joe Hockey recently said “I don’t like higher taxes; I am philosophically … Continue reading

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A sustainable budget surplus is beyond the government’s control, as Joe Hockey has come to realise

Warwick Smith Originally published at The Guardian. Joe Hockey, the treasurer, now concedes he may not be able to deliver his promised budget surplus any time in the foreseeable future. This news is good for private savings because, when the … 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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Political donations and the destruction of democratic scrutiny

This is an expanded version of an article originally published at The Guardian. By Warwick Smith Published by the Transnational Insitute. Abstract Many corporations donate to both sides of politics. One of the reasons they do this is to ensure … Continue reading

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Guardian article on economic myths

Repeat after me: the Australian economy is not like a household budget By Warwick Smith Originally published at The Guardian. Our political and economic thinking has been warped by bad analogies to the point where we can’t see the real … Continue reading

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