The no-growth future: has Australia’s economy finally run out of luck?

The expectation, based on the past, that we should get richer and richer may have reached its use-by dateWages are stagnant. Wealth is falling. House prices are down. Consumers aren’t spending. Businesses aren’t investing. Interest rates are at record …

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Branding cheese as feta and gruyere may be banned in Australia under EU deal

The trade minister, Simon Birmingham, has released a list of food products the EU wants protected as ‘geographical indicators’Australia is gearing up for a fight with the European Union over the naming of hundreds of products including feta, gruyere an…

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It’s time for tighter regulation of how Facebook and Google use our data | Peter Lewis

Big tech’s power has reached a tipping point. Governments must set some ground rulesIn his trademark disingenuous response to the latest wave of massacres, Donald Trump has identified the internet as both the cause and, more insidiously, the solution t…

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Too good to be true? Australia’s high-speed rail dream leaves a bitter taste

A would-be developer’s vision involves building eight cities between Melbourne and Sydney. But a Guardian investigation has uncovered serious doubts The federal government gave $8m of $20m earmarked to progress high-speed rail to a consortium led by a …

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Simon Birmingham says threat of new US tariffs on China may breach WTO rules

Trade minister says if $300bn tariff is implemented it ‘may well’ breach World Trade Organisation regulationsAustralia’s trade minister says the latest Trump administration threat to impose new tariffs on $300bn worth of Chinese goods could, if it even…

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Do windfarms kill birds? How Australia can limit the impact on threatened species

Bob Brown’s objection to a proposed windfarm draws attention to where renewable energy projects are being builtDo windfarms kill birds? Unarguably, they have and do.The damage turbines can inflict was infamously highlighted at California’s Altamont Pas…

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‘This is new territory’: Australia’s powerful Crown casino faces scrutiny like never before

Crown Resorts takes extraordinary steps to deny crime link claims, but faces five separate inquiries and calls for a royal commissionIt is an action of last resort when handling an extreme corporate public relations crisis: if your world is exploding a…

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Australia’s ASX200 stock market nudges all-time high as bad news means good news for investors

Shares surge despite weak overall growth in ‘potentially dangerous’ situationA lot has changed since November 2007. Back then, John Howard was still prime minister, you could buy a nice house in Sydney for less than $500,000 and no one had ever heard o…

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