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The politics of the carbon tax: will compensation make a difference?

In this podcast, Sinclair Davidson presents his take on how the carbon tax could impact the economy. He characterises the tax as a ploy designed to change behaviour rather than generate revenue and questions the Government's proposed compensation to offset cost of living increases.

Does Australia have a bipolar economy?

Talking Business is a podcast review of the Australian economy, presented by seasoned business journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker, produced in association with the RMIT College of Business. In this podcast, RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson talks about what’s been described as Australia’s “bipolar economy” with the mining sector booming but other sectors like retail and manufacturing struggling.

Good news on unemployment and mortgages: are you raising your glass?

In this podcast, RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson talks about the welcoming news from the latest unemployment and mortgage figures. He also looks at the interesting case of the reduction in domestic wine production, but believes that this signals a change for the better in the wine market.

A Blue Christmas for retailers, says Talking Business economist

Talking Business is a podcast review of the Australian economy, presented by seasoned business journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker, produced in association with the RMIT College of Business. In this podcast, RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson talks about retail and current account figures and explains why shopping figures are down for the Christmas season. He also gives his forecast on the resolution of Europe's economic mess following the bailout of Ireland.

Talking Business Analysis: Of bank bashing and business survival

RMIT Economist Sinclair Davidson looks at the ABS report showing only a slight decline in the total number of businesses in Australia. He criticises an Opposition proposal to rein in the banks and weighs the pros and cons of a plan for the post office to operate financial shopfronts.

Why the bad news on unemployment isn’t so bad after all

In this podcast, economist Sinclair Davidson looks at the latest unemployment figures. He says the rise to 5.3% is not as bad as it seems because it shows the job market is picking up with more people looking for work.

Lower inflation, unemployment targets bode well for government

RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson says the Federal government has dodged a bullet with inflation. He says we are now looking at 4.5% unemployment and praises the Federal Government and coalition now bidding to lower corporate taxes.

The government as hedge fund: breaking down the Treasury’s rosy surplus prediction

RMIT University economist Sinclair Davidson questions Treasurer Wayne Swan’s claims that Australia is headed for a bigger than expected surplus. He says the government is betting on an increase in commodity prices, much like a hedge fund.

The government as hedge fund: breaking down the Treasury's rosy surplus prediction

RMIT University economist Sinclair Davidson questions Treasurer Wayne Swan’s claims that Australia is headed for a bigger than expected surplus. He says the government is betting on an increase in commodity prices, much like a hedge fund.

Are higher interest rates looming ahead of the election?

RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson talks about the employment figures and Australia’s current account surplus. While it’s good news on the surface, it signals interest rate rises which he predicts will come in August, coinciding with the federal election. He also predicts that banks will raise their rates even higher than the RBA rate.

Treasury chief Ken Henry should be replaced, while Gillard seeks new economic advisers

In this week's overview of the economy, RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson voices the belief that Treasury chief Ken Henry is likely to be replaced, while Julia Gillard seeks new economic advisers. He says the Gillard Government will need to slash spending to bring about the budget surplus she says the government is committed to achieving.

The mining tax does not ‘stack up’, government spending crowds out private investment and...

Talking Business is a weekly 15-minute podcast review of the Australian economy, presented by seasoned business journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker, produced in association with the RMIT College of Business. It features interviews with prominent business leaders and expert analysis from RMIT academics, such as Sinclair Davidson

The mining tax does not 'stack up', government spending crowds out private investment and...

Talking Business is a weekly 15-minute podcast review of the Australian economy, presented by seasoned business journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker, produced in association with the RMIT College of Business. It features interviews with prominent business leaders and expert analysis from RMIT academics, such as Sinclair Davidson

Podcast: Talking Business – The Australian economy in review (3 May 2010)

Today we're launching a new weekly podcast series by seasoned business journalists Leon Gettler and Gary Barker, produced in association with RMIT University.

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