Picks of the week

In this week's essential reading guide, Bartholomeusz puts his stamp on Australia Post's poor results, and Gottliebsen criticises the influx of misinformation being published about self-managed super funds.

Why the misguided attacks on SMSFs must stop
Robert Gottliebsen
There's a lot of misinformation spread about self-managed super funds by politicians, retail and industry funds and the media. It's time to set the record straight.

The reality sinks in for AusPost
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The impact of digital disruption combined a rising fixed cost base will see Australia Post’s position deteriorate at an accelerating rate. And there’s no fix in sight.

Parliament can protect Abbott from Iraq blunders
Rob Burgess
No doubt mistakes will be made in Iraq, as in the past, but the shared responsibility of a vote may minimise errors. And support from the Greens could be more forthcoming than assumed.

The rise of robotics will thin out the middle class
Callam Pickering
Rather than simply destroying jobs, robotics will polarise the labour force by reducing wages in a number of sectors, thereby diminishing the middle class -- and the trend has already started.

FIRB is just one link in the foreign investment chain
Peter Cai
The debate about how best to handle foreign investment by Chinese state-owned enterprises has revolved around the investment threshold, but there are other options to ensure proper oversight.

Can Shorten do the hard yards to bring Labor back? 
Michael Gawenda
The damage Labor inflicted upon itself during the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years has left a disruptive legacy for Bill Shorten to tackle. He must be more than an Abbott-style opposition leader.

The tricky business of electricity tariffs
Keith Orchison
Proposed changes to the network tariff system could see lower charges for consumers. Now we just need politicians to act in the long-term interests of the electorate.

A recession is coming, but don't blame debt
Adam Carr
Commentators with negative views about the state of the economy have homed in on Australia's record-high debt levels. In fact, the cause of the next recession will be a little more traditional.

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Empty-nesters locked up with their money
Rob Burgess
The perverse incentives keeping retirees in large homes have led to a hugely distorted housing market. Eventually the government will need to take action.


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Dick Warburton’s 10 minutes of woe
Tristan Edis
In an interview that went from trouble to farce, the chair of the renewable energy review fumbled questions about coal's windfall before admitting he has no figures to support his argument to slash the renewables target because Direct Action is cheaper.