Robert Carling

New polling shows Australians won’t accept lockdowns once we hit jab targets

26 August 2021 12:30 pm

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is finally taking a stand against premiers wanting to keep wielding the lockdown weapon against Covid-19…

Inside the Great Siege of Sydney

14 July 2021 4:00 pm

The current Covid-19 restrictions on normal life in Sydney and surrounds have been portrayed as both ‘lockdown lite’ and ‘draconian’ — and…

JobKeeper: dead, buried, cremated - and irrelevant

8 April 2021 5:24 pm

The corona-crisis has given birth to a mishmash of public policy programs with ‘Job’ in the title, but there is…

Effective aged care reform requires smart thinking, not just a spending spree

3 March 2021 6:38 pm

The kneejerk media and political reaction to the report of the Royal Commission into aged care released this week is to accept it has made the case…

GDP is up, but recession conditions remain

7 December 2020 1:26 pm

The September quarter national accounts released last Wednesday have been interpreted by some commentators as heralding the end of the…

Why we need to stay concerned by debt

12 November 2020 1:07 pm

Government borrowings are skyrocketing as you read this. Unfashionable though it is to worry about this, there are still some of…

Bordering on the absurd

3 November 2020 3:00 am

November 3 is shaping up as a big day in the 2020 calendar: the US elections; the Melbourne Cup; and…

Budget 2020: the overwhelming case for accelerated income tax cuts

1 October 2020 5:00 am

Heavy hints from ministers that planned personal income tax cuts will be brought forward in next week’s budget have sparked…

Has federalism failed us in the pandemic?

30 September 2020 5:00 am

Disparate government policies within Australia in response to the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic have highlighted strengths and weaknesses in our federal structure.…

What do Victoria and New Zealand have in common?

18 September 2020 5:00 am

Victoria and New Zealand are similar in size and population. Their current leaders, Premier and Prime Minister respectively, although of…

Revealed: new analysis shows the true cost of mismanaging the corona crisis

8 September 2020 5:00 am

With many countries, including Australia, having reported their national accounts for the April to June quarter, the initial economic impact…

ScoMo and Josh: worse than Whitlam?

24 July 2020 5:00 am

In delivering the economic and fiscal update on Thursday, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered on his promise of ‘eye-watering’ numbers. An…

Forget about a catchy tag for the economic corona crisis. How do we get out of it?

15 July 2020 2:00 pm

Living standards, livelihoods and business survival are at stake as the pandemic — and government responses to it — wreak…

It’s not just Canberra. The states face a corona budget belting too

3 June 2020 5:00 am

The coronavirus pandemic has drawn state government policies into the response to a national crisis like rarely before — a…

The economic statement: the real issues

13 May 2020 10:39 am

The Treasurer’s ministerial statement to parliament yesterday – in place of the usual budget speech scheduled for that day — could…

Loosen corona restrictions or face a fearful future cost

29 April 2020 2:04 pm

If you want to know how much the coronavirus pandemic might cost, the International Monetary Fund’s recent world economic outlook…

The Koronavirus Keystone Kops threaten our health and our liberty

14 April 2020 3:18 pm

In the space of just a few weeks, the rule of law in Australia has both triumphed in the High…

Wait until we emerge from shelter – and see the economic damage done

9 April 2020 5:49 pm

If we think of coronavirus as a severe tropical cyclone, when it passes and we venture outside to survey the…

Coronavirus: not just a health crisis, but a crisis for our economy and liberty

30 March 2020 1:02 pm

Coronavirus is first and foremost a health crisis. But it is fast becoming an economic crisis as well. Some observers…

Drop the cash ban. Let’s keep legal tender legal

11 February 2020 7:15 pm

When does the end justify the means? One answer to that question comes in legislation currently snaking its way through the…

We don’t need a bushfire royal commission. We need clearly defined responsibilities

16 January 2020 5:00 am

Among the many extraordinary aspects of this season’s bushfire crisis is the blame directed towards the federal government – and…

The 2020s: the new age of profligacy

6 January 2020 2:05 pm

Fiscal profligacy is breaking out all over. Australia is an exception, but many other countries have given up on efforts…

No recession, but a big policy ask ahead

9 September 2019 2:04 pm

The economic ghouls may be disappointed that last week’s real GDP read-out for the quarter came without a minus sign.…

It’s boom time for the public service pen pushers

25 June 2019 6:14 am

With the NSW Treasurer handing down the state’s 2019-20 budget last week, the big three states — which also include…

Time to patch up our ragged economic miracle

18 June 2019 1:06 pm

Australia’s vaunted economic miracle is looking a bit ragged after another sluggish quarter. There is still growth, but barely enough…