A U.S. watchdog agency is preparing to investigate whether the Federal Reserve and other regulators are too soft on the banks they are meant to police, after a written request from Democratic lawmakers that marks the latest sign of...
Energy prices are high because consumers are paying for useless, profit-boosting infrastructure Bruce Mountain, Victoria University The preliminary report on energy prices released last week by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) suggests that the consumer watchdog is concerned about...

What is GDPR, and why should I care?

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Katharine Schwab is an associate editor at Co.Design based in New York who covers technology, design, and culture. Your complete guide to the new law, courtesy of designers, agencies, and privacy experts. Many designers don’t work with data directly. So why...
Jenni Henderson, The Conversation Australia’s federal government has announced a royal commission into the financial services sector, following a letter from the big four bank heads supporting the move. The commission will run for 12 months, delivering a final report in...
Grattan on Friday: Is Barnaby's baby a matter of "public interest" or just of interest to the public? Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra A few decades ago, then deputy prime minister Jim Cairns’ affair with staffer Juni Morosi rocked an already...
Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Labor will flush out more victims of the banks and other financial institutions by holding a series of roundtables in cities and towns that have not been visited by the royal commission. Opposition leader Bill Shorten...
Kate Griffiths, Grattan Institute A year ago, the power system went down in South Australia. Homes and businesses across the state were without electricity for hours, some for days. While its specific causes have already been worked through, the nation’s...
It might rank as the deal of the century — but an appalling result for New South Wales taxpayers. In November 2015, the NSW Government offloaded Vales Point Power Station — an old, polluting coal-fired plant on the shores of...

Tax cuts 2018

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95% of Stage 3 Tax Cuts go to high income earners New Australia Institute analysis of stage three of the government’s income tax plan show high-income earners will get 95% of the benefit, while three-quarters of taxpayers get no benefit...
Migrants and refugees flooding into Europe have presented European leaders and policymakers with their greatest challenge since the debt crisis. The International Organization for Migration calls Europe the most dangerous destination for irregular migration in the world, and the...

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