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Tom Skladzien

Tom Skladzien
Tom Skladzien holds a PhD in economics, was an economic adviser to Minister Combet and Treasurer Bowen in the last government and is currently the National Economic and Industry Adviser to the Australian Manufacturers Workers’ Union.

Articles by Tom Skladzien

Developing an Alternative Progressive Economic Agenda

This is an abridged version of an article which appeared in Australian Options, Spring 2014. US President Harry Truman famously pleaded in vain for a one handed economist; an economist that would not end advice with the statement, ‘on the … Read More

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A Government without a fiscal strategy.

As a piece of economic management, the Coalition Government’s second MYEFO should come in for significant and serious criticism. It shows a deteriorating budget position and a deteriorating economy, but more worryingly, it shows a Government that is unaware of … Read More

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A policy when you don’t want a policy

In releasing their Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, the government has finally recognised that ‘get out of the way’ is no substitute for real industry policy. Unfortunately, once we look at the facts that sit behind the fanfare of the … Read More

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“Get out of the way” is no substitute for economic policy

The Australian economy has entered its 23rd year of expansion, an achievement that is almost unsurpassed in our economic history. But this expansion has also seen record levels of inequality develop, a hollowing out of manufacturing and huge regional disparities … Read More

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Budget credibility emergency

Since coming to power, the Abbott Government has repeated the mantra of a “budget emergency” and a “debt and deficit crisis” more times than anyone can remember. This repetition of a slogan, like similar examples in other policy areas (“axe … Read More

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