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Australian Exceptionalism

Australian Exceptionalism

Possum ComitatusDec 8, 2011135 Comments

Australian economic and social overview - wealth, income, distribution, growth and human development.

Floods, prices and mortality

Floods, prices and mortality

Possum ComitatusJan 17, 201117 Comments

With the flood waters receding in Queensland - giving us our first real look at the size of the damage involved - it might be worth going back and having a bit of a squiz at what happen

Cost Benefit delusions of the NBN

Cost Benefit delusions of the NBN

Possum ComitatusSep 17, 2010164 Comments

Hands up if you’re a media commentator that has demanded the government undertake a cost benefit analysis (CBA) of the National Broadband Network? Keep your hand up if you have any

Want to double average income in 4 years?

Want to double average income in 4 years?

Possum ComitatusSep 15, 201023 Comments

For that's exactly what happened in the WA town of Ravensthorpe between the 2003/04 and 2007/08 financial years - driven by the construction and opening of the BHP Ravensthorpe nickel m

Lateral Economics – Stimulus partially pays for itself

Lateral Economics – Stimulus partially pays for itself

Possum ComitatusAug 19, 201043 Comments

Yesterday, Lateral Economics released a piece of research that looked at some of the dynamics of the stimulus package as it flowed through the economy – particularly in terms of how t

The most important chart in the budget

The most important chart in the budget

Possum ComitatusMay 12, 201089 Comments

Tucked away in Budget Paper Number 1 is a fascinating little chart that is arguably the most politically important piece of data in the entire budget, as it justifies not just the very

Relatively Speaking, How Big was our Budget Deficit?

Relatively Speaking, How Big was our Budget Deficit?

Possum ComitatusSep 29, 200912 Comments

2.3% of GDP. But how big was it relative to our recent history? Here's the underlying cash balance as a percentage of GDP for all Commonwealth budgets back to 1974/75. Red are the budge

Unemployment by Electorate

Unemployment by Electorate

Possum ComitatusJul 31, 200911 Comments

Here's something to chew over for the weekend - let's take the most detailed

Has good ALP polling boosted the Australian Economy?

Has good ALP polling boosted the Australian Economy?

Possum ComitatusJun 30, 200912 Comments

It's only partially a tongue in cheek question. Newspoll has released their biannual poll on Living Standards that’s well worth a squiz – although The Oz seems to have ignored it

Good News on the Unemployment Front

Good News on the Unemployment Front

Possum ComitatusJun 11, 200921 Comments

The headline numbers show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate lifting from a revised 5.5% in April (revised up from 5.4%) to 5.7% in May. As we

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