Monthly Archives: September 2012

Drum Piece: The GST, equity, efficiency et al

My Drum piece today is on the GST and on tax in general. The headline given is “why the GST may not be good for us”, which I don’t quite agree with us. I am actually in favour of the … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, The Drum | 5 Comments

Industrial Disputes–Health and Education Sectors fuel jump in hours lost

Ending the run of economic data this week is the release by the ABS of the Industrial Disputes. This is always a favourite among some sections of the media who hate unions and who instinctively believe a “flexible IR policy” … Continue reading

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Australia’s Unemployment Rate falls to 5.1%

The economic cavalcade of data continued today with the release of the Labour Force figures from the ABS The headline figure saw a drop in the unemployment rate in seasonally adjusted terms from 5.2% to 5.1%. The trend rate stayed … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Employment | 4 Comments

Australia’s June Quarter GDP growth is 0.6%

Today the ABS released the quarterly national accounts. The headline figure is GDP growth marginally below expectations of 0.6% in seasonally adjusted terms. In trend terms it came in at 0.8% The biggish news is that the March GDP growth … Continue reading

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Andy Roddick announces his Retirement

Yesterday in New York, former world number 1 Andy Roddick announced he would retire from the game following the end of the US Open.  Roddick, 30, announced his decision prior to playing his 2nd round match against 19 year old … Continue reading

Posted in Sport, Tennis | 5 Comments