Adam Creighton

Adam Creighton

Adam Creighton is economics correspondent for The Australian newspaper. He started his career at the Reserve Bank and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority before studying Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, as a Commonwealth Scholar. He was a senior economic adviser to the federal Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, in 2010 and wrote full-time for The Economist in 2009

Articles by Adam Creighton

Anti-immigrant troglodytes ignore our rich history

Anti-immigrant troglodytes ignore our rich history

08 Mar 13 The government’s attack on Australia’s temporary skilled immigration program this week risks undermining confidence in one of the tenets of…... Read more

It doesn’t actually matter who wins the election

It doesn’t actually matter who wins the election

01 Mar 13 It’s the biggest game in town, as some politicians in private like to say. But who wins the federal election…... Read more

Compulsory super is an illogical political rort

Compulsory super is an illogical political rort

22 Feb 13 When society’s biggest rent-seekers and parasites are in rare and furious agreement, ordinary working men and women should be profoundly…... Read more

Let’s join the Asian Century Asian-style

Let’s join the Asian Century Asian-style

15 Feb 13 What do Hong Kong, West Berlin and China’s Shenzen region have in common? They have all prospered as special economic…... Read more

Tinkering with super is just a taxing waste

Tinkering with super is just a taxing waste

08 Feb 13 Assume for a moment that superannuation, compulsory private saving, is a good idea. How should it be taxed? If something…... Read more

Forget middle-class welfare, it’s the upper class on the teat

Forget middle-class welfare, it’s the upper class on the teat

01 Feb 13 Forget about middle class welfare. If the government wants to make substantial savings guided by ‘Labor values’, as the Prime…... Read more

This whole quota experiment is for muppets

This whole quota experiment is for muppets

18 Jan 13 Calls for quotas for Asians on company boards and in the upper echelons of the public service would provoke ridicule.…... Read more

The tax we have to have

The tax we have to have

11 Jan 13 Looks might not kill, but they are certainly a magnet for money. Australian academics Andrew Leigh and Jeff Borland released…... Read more

Christmas, a festival of waste

Christmas, a festival of waste

21 Dec 12 Christmas is a time of relaxing with family, culinary excesses, and financial extravagance as friends and loved ones splurge on…... Read more

The government can’t make you happy, but it can try

The government can’t make you happy, but it can try

07 Dec 12 The American constitution’s deference to individual freedom appears quaint even archaic today. The fledgling 18th century government was created to…... Read more

Massive government overspending is our own fault

Massive government overspending is our own fault

30 Nov 12 How much income tax did you pay last week, even within a few hundred dollars? You don’t know. Approximately how…... Read more

Our banks are not as solid as we think they are

Our banks are not as solid as we think they are

23 Nov 12 If the value of your total assets fell by 6 per cent would you be insolvent? If you are sensible…... Read more

Our politicians have been coddled into banality

Our politicians have been coddled into banality

16 Nov 12 It is fashionable to mock the quality of political debate in Australia. Just as bad money drives good money out…... Read more

A little less government, a little more ideology please

A little less government, a little more ideology please

09 Nov 12 Calls for more “evidence-based policy” in Australia are routine. For former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, under whose watch very little…... Read more

The Monty Python script our unis are following

The Monty Python script our unis are following

26 Oct 12 In the forest of reforms that boost Australia’s economic efficiency, one of the biggest and lowest-hanging pieces of fruit remains…... Read more

Sanctimony, sanctimoney, and sanctimoany…

Sanctimony, sanctimoney, and sanctimoany…

12 Oct 12 A little over 100 years ago American writer Henry Adams mused that “morality is a private and costly luxury”. Today…... Read more

It sounded loopy, but there was logic behind Gina’s rant

It sounded loopy, but there was logic behind Gina’s rant

07 Sep 12 The quickest and most effective means of attracting money to the north of Australia is to declare (for a trial…... Read more

Smaller classes and buckets of cash are no magic solution

Smaller classes and buckets of cash are no magic solution

30 Aug 12 Even the hardest-nosed economic rationalist would not begrudge state funding for primary and high schools. Take Adam Smith in 1776:…... Read more

Huge health and education spending is dragging us down

Huge health and education spending is dragging us down

03 Aug 12 In the 1920s Russia’s economy slumped, only a few years after the Bolsheviks shackled it with communism. To revive it,…... Read more

Big finance isn’t fuelling us, its-holding-us-back

Big finance isn’t fuelling us, its-holding-us-back

16 Jul 12 Tight labour laws and excessive government regulation have stifled productivity in this country. But the massive growth of the financial…... Read more

How you are helping the big banks to screw you over

How you are helping the big banks to screw you over

04 Jun 12 Imagine if the government routinely chipped in half the cost of McDonalds’ and KFC’s bun orders. Other fast food restaurants…... Read more

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