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Articles from John Quiggin

Living in the 70s: why Australia’s dominant model of unemployment and inflation no longer works

September 21, 2023 - 12:56 -- Admin

I’m looking forward to the release of the government’s Employment White Paper with a mixture of hope and trepidation. The fact that the title was changed from the original “Full Employment” is not encouraging, nor is the general track record of this government. On the other hand, in setting the scene for the release, Treasurer Jim Chalmers has indicated that the government will commit itself to five main objectives

Europe’s Bradbury moment

September 15, 2023 - 14:27 -- Admin

One of the iconic moments in Australian sport occurred in at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Australians are strong in most summer sports, but we don’t have much in the way of a winter, so it was considered quite an achievement for Steven Bradbury to make the finals of the speed skating event. He was given little chance of winning, and was trailing the pack until the final seconds, when all four skaters ahead of him crashed spectacularly.


September 7, 2023 - 17:20 -- Admin

The Courier-Mail (no link) is running a #Brisbane airport propaganda line that a curfew would disrupt flights for a million people a year (8 flights per night*pax/flight*365). Using the same basis of calculation, and assuming 500k people under the flight path, they are disturbing about 100 million people a year.