Stephen Koukoulas

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Paying Their Fair Share

It’s the age-old question: why don’t governments deliver policies that are good for the electorate? Well, the answers are numerous.…

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An Honourable Loss is still a Loss

There has been a significant misreading of the UK election and Labour’s achievement under Jeremy Corbyn, much like there was for Australian Labor’s electi…

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It’s the Economy, Stupid

Those in power, who are able to pull the economic policy levers, are unable or unwilling or simply unaware of what is happening in the economy and what needs to…

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What Jobs and Growth?

One of the problems with a protracted period of soft economic activity is a deterioration in labour market conditions. Australian workers are experiencing troub…

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On the Road to Federal Budget Repair

Not that you’d know it from the commentary, but the Federal Budget could easily be in surplus in a couple of years. And that is without there being much in the …

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Facts, Mistruths and Furphies

Facts are the bedrock of decision making. Making a decision without hard facts – or worse, on errors of fact – will inevitably lead to some form of disaster, bi…

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The Small Government Myth

There is a common perception that the Liberal and National Coalition parties have an ethos of small government. That is, they pursue policies that encompass low…

Consumers looking happier

As part of the transition from the mining investment boom towards areas of domestic demand, a pickup in consumer spending was, and is, vital if Australia is to …

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