Category Archives: The Drum

Drum Post– The Aussie Dollar goes down and up and… ?

My Drum piece this week looked at the exchange rate and how it really is a bugger of a thing to predict – especially when you try and apply economic principles to it. Given it has only got 64 comments, … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Exchange Rate, The Drum | 1 Comment

Drum Post–Dodgy Graphs and Easy Markers

My Drum post today looks at some of the pretty misleading graphs being used on political parties websites. I suggest that when you start seeing these graphs you really need to put on your sceptical hat because there’s often a … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, The Drum | 6 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

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

Drum piece: Plus a look at Australian and USA’s GDP over the years

My Drum piece today looked at a few things about our economy and how it is going compared to the rest of the world, and also how we seem to be getting just a bit more confident. This of course … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, GDP, The Drum

Drum Post: The Industrial War that Isn’t

My Drum post looks at talk about how the IR legislation is now too pro-union. It’s an old issue. One that crops up every 2-3 months whenever any data is released that can somehow be shoehorned into conforming to the … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Industrial Relations, The Drum | 5 Comments

Drum Piece on Surplus and Credit Ratings Agencies

My Drum piece this week has a look at the idiocy of chasing a good credit rating, even if it puts your economic growth at risk. We’re seeing Queensland right in the midst of such a play at the moment, … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, The Drum | 2 Comments

Drum piece: Car sales as a speedo check for the economy

My Drum piece today had a look at the most recent new car sales data and paints a bit of a picture about how the economy is going. I think it’s clear we’re not in dire straits, but despite our … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, The Drum | 4 Comments

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

Drum Piece: Tennis– The Big 3 Dominate in a way like never before

My Drum piece today was on Wimbledon and the changes in Men’s and Women’s tennis in the past few years. held). It all got lost amidst the Asylum Seeker debate, and will likely end up being the least commented piece … Continue reading

Posted in Sport, Tennis, The Drum | 3 Comments