Australian economy

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‘We’ve earned better than this’: voters give their verdict on the Australian election | Melissa Fisher, Rachael Coco and Patrick Lukins
Poverty, healthcare and regional Australia are on the minds of three voters as the country heads to the polls

Melissa Fisher, Rachael Coco and Patrick Lukins

20, May, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Plibersek says Albanese has a ‘tough job’ as polls tighten – as it happened
Follow all the day’s developments live

Tory Shepherd and Amy Remeikis (earlier)

19, May, 2022 @10:19 AM

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Labor defends $7.4bn increase in deficit to fund election promises
Jim Chalmers says investments in childcare and cleaner energy are necessary and further budget savings could later be identified

Sarah Martin and Katharine Murphy

19, May, 2022 @6:55 AM

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Commonwealth Bank pauses in-app cryptocurrency trading after market turmoil
Bank says it will pause rollout of app-based trading of assets like bitcoin and Ethereum pending further regulation

Josh Taylor

19, May, 2022 @4:06 AM

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Australia’s jobless rate at 50-year low of 3.9% but fewer positions added in April than predicted
The labour force figures are the final piece of economic data before the federal election and will be welcomed by the Coalition

Peter Hannam Economics correspondent

19, May, 2022 @2:45 AM

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Coalition plan allowing first homebuyers to use super could shrink all workers’ retirement savings, industry analysis finds
Industry Super Australia finds returns to members would decrease as funds would have to keep more cash on hand, reducing amount that can be invested

Ben Butler

19, May, 2022 @12:48 AM

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In an age of low unemployment in Australia, what about those locked out of the jobs market?
Governments have long ignored a fast-growing cohort of people who live with illness or disability that prevents them from working

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

18, May, 2022 @11:30 PM

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Australian wages in real terms are essentially no different from where they were in 2013 | Greg Jericho
Low wages growth, inflation, price rises and jobseeker are combining to put talk of a strong recovery from the pandemic into context

Greg Jericho

18, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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The Guardian view on the Australian federal election: say no to spin and inaction
Given the Coalition’s policy vacuum, Labor offers the best hope the country will be able to rise to the challenges ahead

Editorial

18, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Shrinkflation bites: popular food brands quietly downsize while charging same price or more
Inflationary pressures have put the squeeze on manufacturers who are finding ways to pass on costs to consumers, Choice says

Caitlin Cassidy

18, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Government claims of 7% real wage rise since in office disputed – as it happened
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Tory Shepherd and Amy Remeikis (earlier)

18, May, 2022 @10:24 AM

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‘Savings’ from Australia’s public service efficiency dividend don’t add up – we should scrap it | John Quiggin
The cumulative effect of unplanned cuts is to hollow out the core capacities of government

John Quiggin

18, May, 2022 @4:21 AM

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