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.

Monday, November 03, 2008

St George has fallen, BankWest is in danger, and the Bendigo bank will be next, so...

Here's the Consumers Association's advertising campaign:

Good, eh?

Here joshua Gans and Rabee Tourky outline what's wrong with Swan's argument that allowing big banks to gobble up small ones makes banks safer.