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RBA must show independence on material inflation risk

The Treasurer’s pre-emptive insistence makes it even more important that the new governor and her board actively demonstrate the central bank’s political independence.

The AFR View


The AFR View

Albanese fears RBA rate rise fallout - with good reason

The Albanese government knows if rates move again, as now seems inevitable, it’s going to get whacked, regardless of the cause.

Phillip Coorey

Political editor

Phillip Coorey

How to regulate AI risk without killing innovation

Australia must join the rush to develop a dynamic AI industry, with appropriate guardrails – especially in education.

Zoe McKenzie

Federal MP

Zoe McKenzie

Pay households and they will use energy wisely

If you offer money to householders to provide power at certain times or to reduce demand, they will happily do it – provided it isn’t just a pea and thimble trick.

Tristan Edis


Tristan Edis

New data centres mean surging power needs

The rush is on build new data centres, but their massive energy requirements are adding to strain on the power grid.

The $5b ‘repair job’ that is reviving Circular Quay

A suite of projects – including an office tower, luxury apartments and the new Waldorf Astoria – is breathing new life into Sydney’s city waterfront hub.

Robert Harley


Robert Harley

Inflation boosts chances of Cup Day interest rate rise

The jump in underlying inflation will be extremely hard for Michele Bullock to ignore as she tries to shore up the RBA’s credibility.

John Kehoe

Economics editor

John Kehoe

Critical minerals plan less work in progress than idea in germination

The Albanese government is keen to promote critical minerals and US cooperation as key to the energy transition and green manufacturing jobs.


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