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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Chief executives and chairs never like short sellers – Paul Kerin

‘Chief executives and chairs never like short sellers’, points out Professor Paul Kerin in an article in The Australian this week.  He argues however that short sellers provide very valuable public services.  Read the full story here

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Electricity and the perils of second-best thinking – Paul Kerin

In an article in Wednesday’s Australian, Paul Kerin argues that our governments should focus on “first-best” environmental and energy policies to best serve the overall public interest. He warns that the negative consequences of second-best policy choices (such as the large-scale renewable energy target (LRET) and the maximum price cap (MPC) on wholesale electricity) are […]

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The WTO is important for the world, and good for Australia – Arne Klau

“Time to admit that the WTO’s day is done” was the headline on a piece by Zoe McKenzie in this newspaper last week. Certainly, nobody would deny that progress in the Doha Round has so far been unsatisfactory and that there is more scepticism about trade liberalisation in many parts of the world than 25 […]

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Labor market reform – Bill Carmichael

The proposal to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is under attack from the Opposition, the ACTU and the CFMEU.  Opposition Leader Shorten has confirmed he will respond “like a union organiser.” Their reaction has been to shoot the messenger rather than engage with the message, as they have  done with the moderate […]

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