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2009 press articles and media commentary




The Economy: End of Year Wrap, Life Matters, Radio National, 14 December 2009
David Hetherington, Executive Director of Per Capita and Oliver Hartwich from the CIS sum up the year of the GFC and discuss why Australia weathered...




Howard defends his spending, The Australian, 11 December 2009
The claim by David Hetherington ("Conservative shift likely to spook the electorate”, Commentary, 9/12) that “(John Howard) maintained...




Conservative shift likely to spook the electorate, The Australian, 9 December 2009
The battlelines are drawn. With the appointment of his shadow cabinet, Tony Abbott has lived up to the credentials presented in his recent...




The Fall of the Wall and the British Recession, Life Matters, Radio National, 9 November 2009
The two economists discuss 20 years of German reunification and the longest British recession since records were kept. David Hetherington,...




Macklin blitz on disability pensions, The Australian, 22 October 2009
The government will crack down on eligibility for disability pensions in the wake of a 30 per cent spike in applications during the global financial...




Stop mood swings and fiscal flings for wiser ways, The Canberra Times, 16 October, 2009
Are we all suffering from societal amnesia? We have jumped from deep pessimism to zealous overconfidence, even cockiness, in the blink of an eye...




The two economists: the ETS, Life Matters Radio National, 6 October 2009
The Opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull seems to have staked his political future on being able to negotiate with the government about the emissions...




Per Capita in House of Representatives' Standing Committee, 14 October 2009
David Hetherington, Executive Director at Per Capita was part of a roundtable discussion for the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional...




Per Capita in House of Representatives debate
The Fremantle electorate is an important centre of activity in the Australian visual arts. It is home to significant galleries like the Moores...




A fairer design for markets, The Australian, 28 September 2009
Over the past half-century, economics has not been the strong suit of the Left. Opinion polls regularly attest that voters prefer left-of-centre...




The case for paying smokers to give up their habit, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 September 2009
Paying people to do things they should be doing anyway seems dumb. But not when it comes to giving up smoking. Most people are happy to give their...




Is it time to wind back the stimulus?, Life Matters, Radio National, 7 September 2009
Are we 'the wonder from downunder', in economic terms at least? With last week's GDP figures showing slight expansion in the last quarter, the...




Abbott should see change is good, The Australian, 18 August 2009
The politician burning the midnight oil on a weighty intellectual treatise has become something of a trend. Kevin Rudd has produced two lengthy...




Is the GFC over?, Life Matters, Radio National, 3 August 2009
Are we over the worst of the global financial crisis? In the United States, President Obama says it's the beginning of the end, with an...




Politics can nudge people to be better, The Australian, 31 July 2009
Somewhere at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam there is a urinal with a life-size fly painted on it at a strategic height. It was put there as an...




How science of irrationality could reshape the world, Sydney Morning Herald, 18 July 2009
When Michael Jackson stayed at Melbourne's Grand Hyatt Hotel in 1996, he would order a dozen bottles of Pepsi, Sprite and Fanta, bowls of M&Ms,...




Per Capita longlisted for John Button Writing Prize, 9 July 2009
Per Capita's David Hetherington has been included on the long list for the inaugural John Button Prize for Australia's best piece of writing on...




Talking tax, Life Matters, Radio National, 6 July 2009
It's tax return time, surely high on the list of most people's least favourite activities. But why does tax get such a bad rap? Do we really not...




Reasons to be cheerful?, Life Matters, Radio National, 9 June 2009
How is the economic news making you feel? Do you feel like we really are in a recession, regardless of what the latest numbers say or did the...




Simple steps to fix share scheme failings, The Australian, 5 June 2009
Who would have thought employee share schemes could create such drama? They usually occupy a sleepy corner of the policy world, but the Government's...




ATO makes more from shares schemes, The Australian, 5 June 2009
The Australian Tax Office has been making more money out of most employee share schemes than if those employees had bought shares on the open market,...




The two economists on the Budget, Life Matters, Radio National, 13 May 2009
Wayne Swan's second budget has been eagerly anticipated but threw up few serious surprises. The big long-term reform was the increase in the...




Treasurer faces a whole new world after year of crisis, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 2009
'...The executive director of the progressive think tank Per Capita, David Hetherington, said this budget would be radically different in ambition.




It's all down to the market, The Australian, 2 May 2009
In an email debate, Per Capita's David Hetherington and the CIS's Oliver Hartwich talk stimulus spending, the myth of free market economics and the...




Neo-libs in wheelie bin of history, The Australian, 13 April 2009
In his article in The Monthly in February, Kevin Rudd called for an end to the neo-liberal ascendancy and its replacement by a new world order...




Where to next for economic recovery?, Life Matters, Radio National, 8 April 2009
While many Australians have now begun to receive their stimulus payments, the head of the Reserve Bank says we're in a recession and has announced...




Less Ideology, More Economics, The Australian, 3 April 2009
Four years ago the BBC screened The Man who Broke Britain, an eerily familiar drama in which a bank collapse triggers a global recession. The...




Public to Government: 'Please explain', Canberra Times, 25 March 2009
If ever there was a time to assess the mixed motives underlying taxation in Australia, then this is it. The Senate’s rejection of the alcopops...




Is it Recession?, Life Matters, Radio National, 5 March 2009
Economic figures released this week show a bigger than expected contraction in the Australian economy in the last quarter. In response, the...




PM's pitch to the intelligentsia, The Australian, 10 February 2009
Kevin Rudd is a man of extraordinary intellectual ambition. In his essay on the global financial crisis in The Monthly, he declares the neo-liberal...




Psychology of the Crisis, Life Matters, Radio National, 2 February 2009
A recession is looming, unemployment is rising and Access Economics reckons the budget is 'buggered'. The economic picture is bleak. Who could...




Taxing times mean asking why, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 January 2009
Should we publish an annual list of the country's 10 highest taxpayers? Or make each citizen's tax return public? Neither is as crazy as it may...