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Articles and blog posts by Phil Dobbie

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.

Crime and Punishment: Deterrents Work

The UK PrimeMinister, David Cameron, has asked for harsher sentences to fight crime — if Australia is anything to go by, he might have a point.

An Honest Plan For Mobile Phone Companies

When you buy a mobile plan, phone companies have a figure in mind. They know how much they want you to pay to recoup their costs and make a margin, so why don’t they just come out and say it?

What Australia Can Learn From Tottenham

There is something startlingly predictable about last weekend’s riots in the UK. The only surprise is that they didn’t happen sooner.

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