Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler offers his take on the rate cut, Gottliebsen looks at leadership tensions and Bartholomeusz mulls the oil market.

The RBA has thrown the dollar under a bus
Alan Kohler
Currency skirmishes around the world have turned into open currency warfare, and the Reserve Bank has come out with guns blazing.

Why Abbott will stay on as Prime Minister
Robert Gottliebsen
Victoria has delivered a gift to Tony Abbott. But keep a close eye on Scott Morrison and Bruce Billson, who are now the key ministers in government.

The oil market tussle is far from over
Stephen Bartholomeusz
OPEC's production stance has seen US producers slash capex and exploration spending, but the improving economics of shale extraction suggest the battle for dominance will endure.

Tackling intergenerational theft? Abbott doesn't have a clue
Callam Pickering
Tony Abbott talking about putting a stop to intergenerational theft rings pretty hollow, considering this is the government that has axed the carbon tax, tried to increase university fees and hopes to cut youth welfare.

Throwing the PPL baby out with the bathwater
Victoria Thieberger
Instead of simply dumping its extravagant PPL scheme, the Coalition should consider it as part of a multi-pronged approach to reduce structural workplace inequality for women.

Four progressive forces that will reshape China
Peter Cai
Despite a slowing economy and signs of increased repression, there are still strong reasons to be optimistic about China’s prospects.

Is it time to peg the Australian dollar?
Adam Carr
The Reserve Bank's moves are only increasing policy uncertainty and diminishing consumer confidence, but there might be a solution.

Back to the drawing board on metadata
Supratim Adhikari
The Coalition's data retention scheme, as its stands, has no backers and the shrill rhetoric has to give way to signs of prudence.

Syriza's wrong-headed approach to Greece's problems
Oliver Marc Hartwich
The newly elected Greek government vows to solve the country's economic woes by fighting austerity and pushing for debt relief. But it is dealing with the wrong crises.

Terminating Abbott won’t knock-off the climate sceptics
Tristan Edis
Abbott's dire position in the polls might be thought to favour backflips on his unpopular attacks on renewable energy. But the emergence of MP Dennis Jensen, a fervent climate sceptic, in the anti-Abbott camp, illustrates it may not be so simple.

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SMSFs: Only millionaires need apply
Miranda Maxwell
The latest ATO figures cast doubt on the view that self-managed super is cost effective, unless you have at least $1 million.

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Tony must turn to Turnbull
Tristan Edis
Abbott and his supporters may hate it, but they need Malcolm Turnbull. The alternative for them is far, far worse.

Video of the Week

Why the RBA was forced to cut rates
Stephen Bartholomeusz & Eric George
Stephen Bartholomeusz explains the rationale behind the Reserve Bank's decision to cut the cash rate by 25 basis points.