Energy policy can’t be blacked out

Griffith Business School
Published
The 2017 Federal Budget includes incentives for development of more gas supplies via pipeline construction. However, a focus on LNG exports only diverts the energy policy debate away from the transmission infrastructure crisis highlighted by the summer blackouts. By Dr Liam Wagner, Griffith Business School Overview Australia has a gas crisis like no other point […]

Defence holding steady

Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Published
  While the 2017 Defence budget confirms a commitment to large-scale projects currently in play, an emphasis on job creation in the Defence arena also moves to reaffirm the government’s ‘Australia first’ agenda. By Professor Andrew O’Neil, Griffith Business School Overview By far the most complicated dimension of defence budgets is aligning the timing of […]

Economy further challenged by 2017 Budget

Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Published
The Treasurer falls short of what Australia needs to sustain growth in the long-term. Moreover, in spite of a somewhat popular view that this was a “labour budget”, the artificial distinction between good and bad debt and several of the provisions around social welfare provide fertile grounds for Australia’s hidden disease, inequality, to blossom. Overview […]

Home affordability remains an issue

Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
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Owning your own home may become a ‘great Australian pipe dream’ for some first home buyers. The Federal Government can employ a number of policies to improve housing affordability. The crucial question remains how does the government address housing affordability without fueling higher demand? By Associate Professor Robert Bianchi, Griffith Business School Overview The 2017 […]

Coalition in-fighting remains a thorn in PM’s side

Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Published
The 2017 Federal Budget is make or break for Turnbull and Morrison as the vestiges of the Abbott-Hockey era and accusations of dysfunctional politics continue to undermine efforts to reboot economic confidence. by Professor Anne Tiernan, Griffith Business School Overview The 2014-15 Federal Budget continues to haunt the Turnbull government like Banquo’s ghost. It has […]

Regional areas benefit through infrastructure

Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Published
The pre-Budget talk was all about nation building through sizeable infrastructure projects. Now regional Australia is set to benefit after Scott Morrison opened the chequebook to bring forward a host of big ticket items from last year’s $50 billion infrastructure program. By Professor Christine Smith, Griffith Business School Good debt financed infrastructure The 2017-18 budget […]