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The Airport Economist’s quick guide to the 2015 Federal Budget. By Tim Harcourt

The Airport Economist’s quick guide to the 2015 Federal Budget.


Gough Whitlam’s foreign policy was his true economic legacy

“Where were you when Gough was sacked?” This of course refers to Remembrance Day, the 11th November 1975, the very day when the elected Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was sacked by Governor-General Sir John Kerr in cahoots with the Leader of the Opposition Malcolm Fraser?


Battlers or Billionaires-Australia and China in the long run

We get a lot of free advice from billionaires about how to deal with our largest trading partner China.

And the big men fly in Dubai, Dalain and Delhi: The international dimensions of Aussie Rules Football.

I’ve been very lucky in my life. I’ve been lucky to watch a lot of games of footy. I’ve seen almost every SANFL grand final in the 1970s and 1980s in Adelaide and every AFL grand final (bar 2) since 1992 at the MCG in Melbourne.

From Russia with Love

Poke a Russian bear with a stick and he will retaliate. That’s the lesson facing Australian exporters today. When Australia announced they were joining the USA and Europe in placing trade sanctions on Russia in response to Malaysian Airlines MH 17 being shot down in Ukraine, it could do so realising there wasn’t much trade to talk about.

Wake in fright-Another Malaysian Airlines disaster-so what now?

As a frequent flyer, particularly around the Asia Pacific region, I, like many, awoke to the horror of more bad news for Malaysian Airlines. This time Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 was allegedly shot down over the disputed Ukraine-Russia territory while making its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. This comes in the same year that the world – particularly Australia – has been searching for MH 370 in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia. Same country, same flag carrier, but a disaster of potentially even greater proportion in global terms.

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