NEWSFLASH! In September I will join The Conversation as its Business and Economy Editor. I have been honoured to work at The Age for the past ten years, originally alongside the legendry Tim Colebatch, and for the past four years as economics editor in my own right.

At The Conversation, my job will be to make the best thinking from Australia's 40 univerisites accessible to the widest possible audience. That means you. From the new year I will also write a weekly column.

On this site are most of the important things I have written for Fairfax and the ABC over the past few decades. I recommend the Search function. The site is a record for you, as well as me.

I'll continue to post great things from The Conversation and other places here, and also on Twitter and Facebook. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Meanwhile, Australia is raking it in

despite what you've heard

The Reserve Bank has just released its latest monthly index of commodity prices - the ones Australia sells.

It's looking better than good:

Alan Kohler thinks it worn't last:

"Australia’s terms of trade boom is over, whatever happens in China, and if China’s economy also slows significantly, then the Australian economy is in serious trouble."

But it is lasting, well into the crisis.