In this week's essential reading guide, Gottliebsen points out our unemployment reality, Burgess bemoans a political inquisition, Kohler questions central banks' false effects, while Koukoulas highlights austerity's limits.

The unmasking of middle class unemployment
Robert Gottliebsen
For some time, there has been a discrepancy between the ABS and Roy Morgan takes on unemployment. Today's figures show Morgan's more dire take is closer to the truth.

Super funds' great delusions
Robert Gottliebsen
Australia's major superannuation providers are facing a tough time ahead, with more and more people switching to self-managed funds. By the time they spring into action, it will likely be too late.

Juicing the NSW housing market
Robert Gottliebsen
NSW first homebuyers grant is about to unleash huge pent up demand amongst those looking to get into the market. It may be in the nick of time for builders, given Chinese buyers are drying up.

The danger of the Slipper witch-hunt
Rob Burgess
The hounding of Peter Slipper over what was a private communication is an assault on personal freedoms. Many politicians have privately harboured misogynist, racist or homophobic thoughts. It's what they do in public that counts.

How Jones will profit from the 'backlash'
Rob Burgess
As the controversy surrounding Alan Jones fails to subside, from an exposure point of view there is an argument that the 'crisis' will actually benefit the fading star and his station.

Central banks are pushing on strings
Alan Kohler
You'd be forgiven for thinking everything was alright in the world if you were to look at how stocks are performing. But the recent rises have more to do with fiscal stimulus than an improving economy.

Alan Jones: it’s about disintermediation
Alan Kohler
Alan Jones and 2GB have just discovered then when the online masses are revolted, advertisers will act quickly and decisively. Old media of radio, meet new media.


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