June 2024

May 2024

Teachers pay more tax than the oil and gas industry

by Matt Grudnoff

Oil and gas companies claim they pay the wages of teachers and other public sector services, but teachers actually pay twice the tax.

Australian Parliament House is seen behind a ‘Pay Here’ sign at a parking pay station in Canberra, Saturday, October 14, 2023. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

Six ways the government can reduce inflation in next week’s budget

by Matt Grudnoff

It is often said that the only way to reduce inflation is by higher interest rates. That’s not true – the government can also reduce inflation and cost of living pressures

The debate about inflation, interest rates, and the cost of living is broken.

by Matt Grudnoff

Spreading fear about inflation not falling fast enough distorts the true picture

April 2024

February 2024

Stage 3 Tax Cuts reform: “The biggest and most honest piece of tax reform in decades”

featuring Ebony Bennett and Matt Grudnoff

It’s been a week for the books in Australian Politics history, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announcing changes to the highly-criticised Stage 3 tax cuts. Which got the media, and the opposition, into a bit of a frenzy. So what’s changed, and how will it affect you? This was recorded on Tuesday 30th January 2024

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Bread and Surpluses: What you need to know about the Budget

The Albanese Government has handed down its 2023-24 Federal Budget, and it contains positive measures like a 15% pay rise for aged care workers, the minimal increases to welfare, and deferral of any change to the Stage 3 tax cuts, confirm that change is going to be incremental and slow. This was recorded on Wednesday

April 2023

The economy’s still growing, so why does it feel like you’re falling behind?

featuring Ebony Bennett and Matt Grudnoff

No, it’s not just inflation. Since the GFC, there has been a radical reversal in who benefits from economic growth. Back in the 1950s, the bottom 90% of income earners enjoyed around 90% of the benefits of the economic growth, but not anymore. So what has happened? This was recorded on Tuesday 11th April 2023 and things may

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October 2022

Where’s the middle (income)?

featuring Ebony Bennett, Eliza Littleton and Matt Grudnoff

As pressure builds for the Albanese government to scrap the promised Stage Three tax cuts, discussion has shifted around who would lose out. The Australian said it would mean “2.5 million middle income Australians will pay thousands of dollars in additional tax,” but describes middle income Australians as individuals earning between $120,000 and $160,000 a

The pandemic is yet another wake-up call that all of Australia’s workers must have sick leave

by Matt Grudnoff in The Guardian

The ending of mandatory Covid isolation periods has also ended disaster payments for workers who don’t have access to sick leave. It’s time we faced up to the fact that the industrial relations rules have been creating the wrong kinds of work. That’s the bad news. The good news is we can change them if we want

September 2022

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