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Nauru has been in the news ever since the Pacific Solution began in 2001, but the history of the tiny island nation has been one of extraordinary waste. Now the expulsion of its chief justice has prompted new questions...
Any meaningful shift in the finance sector’s corporate culture will have to come from within, writes David Kinley. Do banking and finance attract cheats or create them? This was the question a team of behavioural economists from Switzerland set out to...
Despite the encouraging “maths” in this budget, the return to surplus has still yet to be delivered writes John Hewson. Budgets are about choices. With an unexpected surge in revenue, the government’s main options were to apply it to deficit...
In March 2016 the Department of the Chief Minister said the $506 million included stamp duty, but Mr Giles has declined to clarify how much. "I'm not going to go down the breakdown of taxes ... it's illegal for me...
The tax office has revealed 36% of the largest public companies and multinational entities in Australia paid no tax in the most recent financial year on record.. It covers the 2015-16 financial year, revealing key details of 2,043 of the...
What happens to small towns whose water becomes big business for bottled brands? The more the market is willing to pay, the harder it is to regulate water use. Shutterstock.com Emma Kathryn White, University of Melbourne and Rebecca Louise Nelson, University of...
Companies and lobby groups linked to the gaming industry, labelled Australia’s own National Rifle Association by critics, gave nearly $2 million to the major parties last financial year. The Australian Electoral Commission’s annual returns, published on Thursday, revealed the extent of the cash...
New regulations expose energy price gouging through 'free' comparison sites Consumers who used comparison sites typically paid 5-12% more than the lowest possible offer. Yung Chang/Unsplash, CC BY-SA Bruce Mountain, Victoria University A new regulation has highlighted the thousands of offers electricity retailers...
Gambling lobby gives big to political parties, and names names The gambling lobby continues to provide substantial support to political parties. from shutterstock.com Charles Livingstone, Monash University and Maggie Johnson, Monash University The gambling industry declared A$1,294,501 in donations to Australian political parties...
The saga of Opal Tower, the 36-storey Sydney apartment building evacuated on Christmas Eve after frightening cracking, has helped to expose the deep cracks in Australia's approach to building apartments. The big lesson from Opal Tower is that badly built...