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Articles and blog posts by Phil Dobbie

WA’s Oliver Twist Syndrome

It seems if you live in the mineral rich states you think the dividend should stay there; if you live elsewhere, you think it should be shared around.

Money for Nothing, That Ain’t Working

Why is the world economy is such dire straits? Because too many people, for too long, have assumed that if they have the cash, they can get more money, for nothing.

The Pokie Tax Won’t Work or It Will, You Can’t Have it Both Ways

There’s a fierce debate about how much poker machine reforms will hurt the clubs. There’s no doubt they’ll take a pummelling, but then we have to look at how serious we are about fixing the problem.

Revive Eighties Capitalism

With Reaganomics and Thatcherism the argument was that if the rich got rich, the wealth would be passed down to all. Well, guess what: it hasn’t worked.

Is Qantas the World’s Most Expensive Airline?

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has a fight on his hands to overhaul his airline. There’s no doubt changes have to be made, but is he making the right decisions?

Confusing Stats Muddy the NBN Debate

The latest ABS stats appear to show how wireless is outstripping demand for fixed connections in the home. But a closer look shows they do nothing of the kind.

The Wayne Swan Report Card

When Euromoney picked Wayne Swan as their Finance Minister of the year it was greeted with disbelief from many. So, why do Aussies claim he is not worthy?

Feeding the Banking Beast

Banking is a beast, and a hungry one at that. To ensure the industry continued to deliver the profit growth shareholders demand, Aussie banks have been lending out more and more money.

The Good, Bad and Ugly of the Housing Market

Aussie house prices have continued rise well above inflation, even though sales are well down.

A Climate of Confusion

Its easy to pick the data to support your stance on climate chance. For a start, just pick the timescale that suits your answer.

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