Monthly Archives: April 2013

Australia’s March Inflation – Down Down, Prices are Down…..

The CPI figures for the March quarter were released today by the ABS, showing a next to nothing change of 0.1% in seasonally adjusted terms (0.4% in the original data, if you like that sort of thing). This means in … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, Inflation | 4 Comments

Drum Piece: Progressive tax and Flat Tax redux

My Drum piece this week was looking at suggestions the progressive income taxation is a bad thing, and that Australia has an overly progressive tax regime. Among the graphs I used was the average tax wedge form the OECD data. … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Taxation, The Drum | 1 Comment

March Unemployment Rate–Up to 5.6%

Well now. What an interesting set of numbers. Have had a bit of a long day, so there’s a stack of graphs, but the writing is at a minimum. Today the ABS released the March labour force data and we … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, Employment | 1 Comment

Drum Piece: Socio-economic Advantage and Disadvantage around Australia

My Drum piece this week makes use of the census data released by the ABS a couple weeks ago that makes use of the Indices of Relative Advantage and Disadvantage. I’ve actually been quite surprised that these haven’t received broader … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, The Drum | 6 Comments

The Flat Tax War Begins

If there has been one aspect of the debate over superannuation taxes that has become clearer to me as it has gone on is that it is really just the first salvo in the war by vested interest groups, and … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Journalism, Taxation | 12 Comments

What is the Median Australian Income?

My Drum post today, as long time readers of all good blogs would know, owes a bit of debt to Matt Cowgill’s post of a couple years back. In the time since, the ABS has brought out some new figures, … Continue reading

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The RBA leaves cash rate at 3%

Today the RBA announced that it was keeping the cash rate steady at 3% This is what the cash rate looks like over the past 20 years: As you can see form the 5 years average we’re in pretty new … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, Interest rates | 2 Comments