Author: The Conversation

The government’s biggest challenge? Avoiding a recession

For six months, the Australian economy has been growing at an annualised pace of just 1% – way, way short of its potential. Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg were elected to manage the economy, and that means doing whatever is needed to avoid a recession and the long-term damage to lives and living standards it would deliver. Read More

House prices and demographics make death duties an idea whose time has come

It’s hard to tell what’s happening to the distribution of wealth in Australia. Since death duties went, Australian income inequality has climbed, with the standard measure (known as the Gini coefficient) climbing from 0.27 to 0.32 between 1982 and 2016 on a scale where a result of zero would mean income was equally shared and a result of 1 would mean one person earned all the income. Read More

Using beloved works of literature to predict the futures of cities

How can we predict the futures of cities? We could study population statistics; we could analyse technological trajectories and business trends to forecast economic possibilities. Or, we could get classically creative by using works of fiction to predict likely scenarios under the 'Literary Method of Urban Design'. Read More