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Migration the right fix for worker shortages

Increasing immigration is not a substitute for training more Australians. But it’s what is needed now to alleviate the crippling migrant-deprived tightness of the labour market.

The AFR View


The AFR View

How should we judge Albanese Labor on the economy?

By the next election, Australians should know whether Labor is a safe pair of hands. But what would it take to deliver a truly superior economic performance?

Richard Holden

Economics professor

Richard Holden

Liberal warriors don’t want a China reset

There are some on the right who thrive on the tension. And they insist that the breakdown is all Beijing’s fault.

Craig Emerson


Craig Emerson

Is China stumbling into its own mortgage disaster?

The Chinese authorities’ drift on managing bad property debts feels eerily like the impending subprime crisis in 2007.

Shuli Ren


Albanese wedged by his own sledges on budget

After the backflip on pandemic leave, holding its ground on the fuel excise cut expiry is a crucial test of the fiscal strategy of the Labor government.

The AFR View


The AFR View

Labor learns to live with governing

Labor’s necessary backflip on COVID-19 payments is part of learning to live with governing rather than being stuck in opposition. There will be plenty more tough decisions to come – with less leeway to change course.

Never a more important time for the G20

The grouping formed after the Asian financial crisis is now helping the region and global economy navigate the narrow and rocky path out of the pandemic.

Sri Mulyani and Jim Chalmers


Eclectic Tory contenders lack Boris Johnson’s broad appeal

The issue for the UK Conservatives isn’t race or gender. It is a combination of economics and the ability to connect with the spectrum of British society.


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Shayne Elliott says ANZ has spent seven years shaping up for a deal like this.

ANZ’s ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ deal comes with complexity

Shayne Elliott says seven years of simplification has set ANZ up for the $4.9 billion acquisition of Suncorp’s bank. But with growth comes complexity.

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There will be plenty of execution challenges in the $4.9 billion deal in a tough new era for the economy and the banking and financial services industries.

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Suncorp boss Steve Johnston believes it’s the right time to sell the group’s bank.

ANZ deal delivers Suncorp three big wins

Suncorp has extracted a solid price for its bank from ANZ. But the biggest benefits of the deal stem from becoming a standalone insurer. 

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Which new MacBook should you buy?

For most computer users, there is absolutely no reason to get the new MacBook Pro, now that the new MacBook Air is here.

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The federal government has confirmed the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility will help fund Queensland’s Olive Downs coal mine project.

The NAIF is no longer an abject failure

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility has come a long way in the past three years. The Albanese government can do more to underwrite its success.

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Why ANZ’s $4.5b MYOB acquisition plan always looked a non-starter

ANZ’s pursuit of Suncorp gave it a nice reason to pull the pin on a planned $4.5 billion deal for MYOB.

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Workers who started their careers at the end of the 20th century assumed “going to work” meant “going to the office”.

Why CEOs are so WTF about WFH

One hot topic is guaranteed to press the buttons of US bosses: working from home.

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The airline industry is a good example of supply worries, with furloughed pilots unable to start back immediately.

This is no ‘new normal’ but a throwback to the 1970s

What’s needed now are tried and tested policy reforms to boost potential growth, raise supply and alleviate inflationary pressures.

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Shayne Elliott has previously blamed a risk averse culture for the loss of market share in home loans.

Shayne Elliott’s banking epiphany

ANZ’s tilt at Suncorp is a way for the Melbourne-based lender to claw back some of the share it has ceded in the crucial home lending market over the past four years.

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Gina Cass-Gottlieb will have a close look at ANZ’s takeover of Suncorp’s bank.

ANZ/Suncorp deal will be first test for new ACCC boss

The watchdog has long bemoaned the market power of the big four banks, but proving that an ANZ takeover of Suncorp will substantially lessen competition may prove complex. 

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John Hempton says the stellar performance of his short book needs to be seen in context.

How Australia’s top short sellers came in from the cold

After those such as John Hempton, Phil King and Ben McGarry spent the pandemic boom in the wilderness, rising rates and falling markets have been a boon.

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Uber initially threatened to revolutionise the taxi industry, but the traditional players have improved and the disruptor’s services have declined.

Uber files, Netflix ads highlight short window of disruption delight

The early promise of tech disruptors to revolutionise the customer experience seems to fade as incumbents fight back and economic reality sets in.

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How being a ‘sophisticated investor’ can lose you money

Ask yourself whether you have the skill and experience to assess the merits of an ‘exclusive’ investment because the law will assume you do.

  • Ben Smythe
Chris Patten says he had hoped Hong Kong would change China rather than the other way around.

Let’s speak facts about China

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These three immigration solutions could ease worker shortages

Now is the time for the government to act by extending foreign workers’ visas, encouraging international students to return and motiving skilled migrants to call Australia home.

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A perfect storm of climate change, a European war and COVID-19 have left the French scrambling for alternatives to Dijon mustard.

France has run out of Dijon mustard and it’s no laughing matter

The mustard makers of Burgundy have been hit by a triple catastrophe that has cut supplies of the seeds of Brassica juncea used for the Dijon product.

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Software is fast becoming a distinctive part of the decarbonisation economy.

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The process of carbon-labelling food items and other consumer goods and services will soon be able to draw on the power of software and AI.

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The upcoming skills and jobs summit must focus on lifting how much each worker can do and can earn.

Productivity will keep our 2020s jobs miracle alive

The last time the jobs picture looked this good, a long inflation outbreak was coming with it. We can do much better than that.

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China’s COVID crisis is weighing on iron ore prices.

China’s property, banking pain has iron ore in a bear squeeze

COVID-19 is slowing China’s economy and sparking crises in its property sector, weighing on iron ore prices just as the big miners see costs rise. 

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