The Guardian: Under the cover of Covid, Morrison wants to scrap my government’s protections against predatory lending

Published in The Guardian on 5 October 2020. Pardon me for being just a little suspicious, but when I see an avalanche of enthusiasm from such reputable institutions as the Morrison government, the Murdoch media and the Australian Banking Association (anyone remember the Hayne royal commission?) about the proposed “reform” of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act, I smell a …

The Market: China’s fears about America

E&OE TRANSCRIPT PAPER INTERVIEW THE MARKET 29 SEPTEMBER 2020 Few Western observers know China better than The Honorable Kevin Rudd. As a young diplomat, the Australian, who speaks fluent Mandarin, was stationed in Beijing in the 1980s. As Australia’s Prime Minister and then Foreign Minister from 2007 to 2012, he led his country through the delicate tension between its most …

Wall Street Journal: China Backslides on Economic Reform

Published in the Wall Street Journal on 24 September 2020   China is the only major world economy reporting any economic growth today. It went first into Covid-19 and was first out, grinding out 3.2% growth in the most recent quarter while the U.S. shrank 9.5% and other advanced economies endured double-digit declines. High-tech monitoring, comprehensive testing and aggressive top-down …

ABC Radio Melbourne: On the Coalition’s changes to the NBN

E&OE TRANSCRIPT RADIO INTERVIEW ABC RADIO MELBOURNE DRIVE 23 SEPTEMBER 2020 Topics: NBN, Energy, Gas, Dan Andrews and Victoria Rafael Epstein Welcome, if you’re watching us on facebook live today the Coalition government came forward and said they will fund NBN to your home and not just to your street. 6 million homes at least some businesses as well, at …