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Malcolm Turnbull and the distraction of economic growth – Independent Australia

If we stop obsessing about economic growth and focus directly on our social aims then economic growth will take care of itself, writes economist Warwick Smith. First published at Independent Australia WHY ARE WE so consumed by the pursuit of economic … Continue reading

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Our houses can’t make us all rich

By Warwick Smith First published at ABC’s The Drum Thu 23 Oct 2014, 10:42am While a recent report might suggest Aussies are the richest people in the world because of high house prices, the reality is the true beneficiaries of this … Continue reading

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My latest at The Guardian questions the value of pursuing economic growth at all costs

Do we dare to question economic growth? We’ve all been so effectively sold the line that endless growth is essential to maintain and improve our quality of life. This couldn’t be further from the truth By Warwick Smith First published … Continue reading

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Australia flying blind

By Warwick Smith Originally published at the Australian Independent Media Network In this article Warwick Smith reports why the decision by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to discontinue many programs including the Measures of Australia’s Progress due to budgetary demands, is … 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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My Op-ed on productivity in today’s Canberra Times

Longer hours means lower productivity for the public service Originally published in The Canberra Times Date: May 6, 2014 Warwick Smith Job security in the public service is declining and conditions are under assault. Recently we’ve heard the federal government … Continue reading

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New article in The Conversation – Ageing population and mining: a tale of two booms

The below article just published today in The Conversation. Click here to read the original. Ageing population and mining: a tale of two booms By Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne In an unusual move, Mission Australia and the Business Council … Continue reading

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Want to be healthy, wealthy and wise? Pay more tax.

The consistently measured and sensible Ken Henry this week criticised both major parties for promising not to raise taxes. The Labor party has promised not to increase the total federal government tax take beyond 23.5% and the Coalition have promised … Continue reading

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New article in The Conversation: More pie in the sky – economic progress no slice of life

Originally published in The Conversation. More pie in the sky – economic progress no slice of life By Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne In the verbal volley between Gillard and Abbott, Swan and Hockey, there is a conversation that we … Continue reading

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New Matilida article: Are Growth And Consumption Our Enemies?

I’ve just had an article published in New Matilda. The article is reproduced below. Thanks to the folks at New Matilda. Are Growth And Consumption Our Enemies? Professor Ross Garnaut recently argued that those of us interested in sustainability must … Continue reading

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