I’ve listened hard for the sound of wealth trickling down but all I hear is the sound of the excluded still waiting Amid the fanfare heralding a surplus that is better described as being more diaphanous than definite, Budget 2019...
The decoy effect: how you are influenced to choose without really knowing it The decoy effect is the phenomenon where consumers swap their preference between two options when presented with a third option. Shutterstock Gary Mortimer, Queensland University of Technology Price is the...
End Washington Corruption Washington works great for the wealthy and the well-connected, but it isn’t working for anyone else. Companies and wealthy individuals spend billions every year to influence Congress and federal agencies to put their interests ahead of the...
Words that matter. What’s a franking credit? What’s dividend imputation? And what's 'retiree tax'? There are words you’ll need to understand. But imputation is complex, like the tax system. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND Peter Martin, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian...
The Banking RC Report marginalises small business borrowers, effectively calling them sore losers and whingers and telling them to bugger off once and for all, writes Dr Evan Jones. THE Financial Services Royal Commission Final Report has generated much froth and bubble in...
The Chief Judge refused the Rocky Hill Coal Project, near the mid-north coast town of Gloucester, on a range of grounds, all of which are important, but what his judgment says about climate change is of greatest significance. The...
Negative gearing changes will affect us all, mostly for the better Don’t have a negatively geared investment property? You’re in good company. Despite all the talk about negatively geared nurses and property baron police officers, 90 per cent of taxpayers do...
What are franking credits, how do they work and who is entitled to them? What is a franking credit? Franking credits are only available to Australian residents, and not to foreign owners of Australian companies. A franking credit is an...
The current executives and boards of the nation's banks are not the right people to repair the financial industry's damaged culture, says Graeme Samuel, who is about to embark on a sweeping review of the banking watchdog in response...
A reverse death tax that helps the rich The dividend imputation system is a rort Australia can’t afford, write Emma Dawson and Tim Lyons. Australia’s dividend imputation system was introduced by Paul Keating in 1987. Its purpose was to eliminate double...