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, November 05, 2008

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Statistics turns on the lights

After earlier turning them off

In a welcome development the Bureau of Statistics announced that it would reinstate the full monthly retail trade survey which it downsized as a result of Budget cuts, citing “global developments” and heightened interest in the economy.

"Key macroeconomic statistics users had indicated that more robust monthly retail trade data are their top priority at this time for improved economic statistics."

Thank heavens.