Author Archives: Judith Sloan

No rush: let’s review it in 2020

I’m pretty sure that the Murray Report on the financial system will soon be gathering dust on the bookshelves of the relevant ministers.  (Can anyone tell me why the government is even bothering to have a tax review; nothing will happen, that’s for … Continue reading

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Advice to Joe: exit the OECD

Am I the only one who thinks that Peter Martin, economics editor of The Age, is making Ross Gittins look quite sensible?  And let’s face it, that’s saying something. This was the man who claimed that someone on a million … Continue reading

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Lima: should this surpise?

Another day, another dust-up, another text, a few more exasperated delegates, another stunt … and then The green groups are clearly disappointed about the outcomes from the UN Lima climate conference; indeed, one environmentally chap thinks “it sucks”.  But would … Continue reading

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Whitely serves up self-serving crap

Now I am no apologist for the retail superannuation funds – I think most of them are high cost and inflexible.  And I’m not surprised that they have been losing market share. But their flabbiness is partly a result of … Continue reading

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What’s Keane been smoking?

Now I don’t read Crikey but someone sent me Bernard Keane’s analysis of Joe Hockey’s predicament. Not surprisingly, he is channelling Labor spin, along the lines, if only: The government had kept the carbon tax (and presumably all the associated … Continue reading

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Instructed or incompetent: take your pick about Treasury

David Uren has an interesting piece in the Aus today, looking at various recent budgets and the forecasting errors that were made in respect of spending and revenue.  Needless to say, Wayne Swan comes out as a complete goose. But … Continue reading

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We’re a happy team … in the economics profession

Published in the International Journal of the Economic of Education: “The happiness of economists: estimating the causal effect of studying economics on subjective well-being”. This is the first paper that studies the causal effect of studying economics on subjective well … Continue reading

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The ANU divestment saga continues: Sandfire Resources NL sues

One of the companies that was recommended for divestment by the Centre for Australian Ethical Research – you know the one that shares premises with the Australia Institute – is now suing. Good on them, I say.  Among other things, … Continue reading

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I’m back again, said Judith, with a rat-tat-tat-tat

  We have been away for nearly a month – one of the longest holidays in living memory. We drove around South-West US – Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico.  It was a little less cowboy than I had thought but we … Continue reading

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Sharon Strzelecki: Kim’s second best friend

I must admit to getting a bit of chuckle when Mercer decided to award the silver medal to Australia’s system of compulsory superannuation, just being pipped by Denmark.  It was a bit like Kim Day telling us that Sharon Strzelecki … Continue reading

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