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  • Axing jobseeker Covid-19 payment would push 650,000 Australians into poverty, think tank reports – The Guardian
  • Public sector wage freeze to cost 1,100 jobs – Yahoo Finance
  • Covid-19 misinformation: pro-Trump and QAnon Twitter bots found to be worst culprits – The Guardian
  • COVID-19 commission needs to come clean on gas industry links – Canberra Times
  • Most Australians Support State Border Closures Amid Coronavirus – Bloomberg
  • Covid commission boss Nev Power steps back at gas company amid conflict of interest concerns – The Guardian
  • Australia’s post-COVID gas fired recovery plan ‘doesn’t make sense’ – Herald Sun


  • Poverty in the age of coronavirus: The impact of the JobSeeker coronavirus supplement on poverty [pdf]
  • Poverty in the age of coronavirus: State Breakdowns [pdf]
  • Gender experiences during Covid-19 lockdown [pdf]
  • Government debt won’t hurt us [pdf]
  • The Economic Importance of the Arts & Entertainment sector [pdf]
  • Demonising China during Covid-19 [pdf]
  • Abe Shinzo and Japan’s One-Strong (Ikkyo) State [pdf]
  • Majority Want Increased Funding for ABC as Trust in Public Broadcaster Grows: Polling [pdf]
  • Design Principles for Fiscal Policy in a Pandemic [pdf]
  • Polling: Government support for Arts industry popular and necessary [pdf]
  • Private health funds to reap $5 billion pandemic windfall [pdf]
  • A generous increase in Newstart? The effect of the Coronavirus Supplement [pdf]
  • Parliamentary Scrutiny During the COVID-19 Crisis [pdf]
  • Commercial Aviation Emissions in Australia could halve due to COVID19 [web]

  • Log of Extraordinary IR Measures During COVID-19 Shutdowns [web]
  • Pandemic shows Australia needs domestic manufacturing [web]
  • Pay freezes could push economy into deflation [pdf]
  • Working from home in a Pandemic: Opportunities and Risks [pdf]
  • Submission to the Annual Minimum Wage Review [pdf]
  • Catalogue of International Initiatives to Support Workers through COVID-19 [web]

  • Catalogue of Nordic countries economic responses to Covid-19 [web]




Media Releases


Sky News panel with Ben Oquist

Originally aired on Sky News Afternoon Agenda; Wednesday 07 April 2020

ABC news headlines with Ben Oquist

Originally aired on ABC News Breakfast; 3 April 2020

Sky News panel with Ebony Bennett

Originally aired on Sky News Australia, News Day; 25 March 2020

Sky News panel with Ben Oquist

Originally aired on Sky News Australia, Afternoon Agenda; 25 March 2020

Ask an Economist

recorded 20 March, 2020

At the Australia Institute, we’ve been overwhelmed with people sending in questions about what’s going on and what are the economic implications for the coronavirus.

The economists at the Australia Institute are happy to talk about what we know, and what we think might happen in terms of the economy.

Questions in this episode:

  • What’s going to happen to the economy? [00:02:24]
  • What is a ‘technical recession’? [00:04:35]
  • What is your suggestion to help the economy during the coronavirus, other than $750 cheques? [00:05:41]
  • How will the government fund its stimulus? [00:08:36]
  • Can the government just print more money? [00:09:43]
  • Is now the time to consider universal basic income? [00:12:30]
  • Is it time with the stress of the next couple of months ahead to consider a Federally funded job guarantee [00:16:31]
  • Will there be a budget surplus – and should we care? [00:20:28]
  • This is a big crisis, what should we all do? [00:23:20]

Sky News Panel with Ben Oquist

Originally aired on Sky News Australia, Afternoon Agenda; 18 March 2020

Sky News Panel with Matt Grudnoff

Originally aired on Sky News Australia, Weekend Live; 15 March 2020


We Need an NZ-style Parliamentary Oversight Committee of COVID19 Decisions

4 April 2020

A group of retired former judges have made an important intervention.

The National Integrity Committee, convened by the Australia Institute, are urging the Federal Parliament to establish a NZ-style multi-partisan parliamentary oversight committee to ensure adequate scrutiny of the COVID-19 response while the Federal Parliament is not sitting.

In the middle of this unprecedented health and economic crisis, it is critical we do not let a crisis in our democracy emerge as well.

Will you add your name to the call for the establishment of an Epidemic Response Committee?

Sign now

A brazen push for a fossil-fuel fired economic recovery is underway.

We need a renewably-powered recovery, not a gas-fired one. Add your name to the petition!

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