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Rachel Clun is an economics correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, based at Parliament House in Canberra.

Silver linings: The surprising way the pandemic has helped women at work
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Silver linings: The surprising way the pandemic has helped women at work

A move to flexible work has got more women into jobs, but there are still barriers that stop Australian women from reaching their full work potential.

  • by Rachel Clun

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Mortgages in retirement triple, outright ownership halves for most age groups
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Mortgages in retirement triple, outright ownership halves for most age groups

Experts warn government policies have contributed to the problem as skyrocketing house prices put more people into housing stress.

  • by Rachel Clun
‘Highly infectious’ COVID strains worry leaders as pandemic leave pay returns
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‘Highly infectious’ COVID strains worry leaders as pandemic leave pay returns

The $750 payments will be available until the end of September, as experts fear a surge of cases will heap pressure on hospitals and doctors over the next two months.

  • by Rachel Clun and Lucy Carroll
Putin’s war aggravates Australia’s economic challenges: Treasurer

Putin’s war aggravates Australia’s economic challenges: Treasurer

“Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine is a major obstacle to our goals,” Jim Chalmers told a G20 meeting in Bali.

  • by Rachel Clun
‘No time for politics’: Housing ministers to meet to tackle affordability and homelessness
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‘No time for politics’: Housing ministers to meet to tackle affordability and homelessness

Federal Housing Minister Julie Collins will convene a meeting with her state counterparts on Friday, and says Labor’s Help to Buy scheme could be up and running early next year.

  • by Rachel Clun
Supersized rate hike ahead after unemployment falls to shock low of 3.5 per cent
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Supersized rate hike ahead after unemployment falls to shock low of 3.5 per cent

The drop in unemployment increases pressure on the Reserve Bank to lift interest rates hard at its next meeting.

  • by Rachel Clun and Shane Wright
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‘Outrageous hangover from a bygone era’: Judge pensions costing taxpayers millions

‘Outrageous hangover from a bygone era’: Judge pensions costing taxpayers millions

The budget could save millions if a pension scheme that sees judges retire on 60 per cent of their salary is scrapped, Liberal senator Andrew Bragg says.

  • by Rachel Clun
The ‘motherhood penalty’: Women’s wages drop for up to a decade after birth

The ‘motherhood penalty’: Women’s wages drop for up to a decade after birth

A Treasury analysis shows Australian mothers earn less than half of their pre-birth wage in the five years after childbirth. That’s worse than for women in the US, UK, Denmark and Sweden.

  • by Shane Wright and Rachel Clun
Household spending continues at pace despite dropping confidence

Household spending continues at pace despite dropping confidence

Reserve Bank interest rate hikes have dampened household confidence, but consumers are continuing to spend even as higher prices bite.

  • by Shane Wright and Rachel Clun
A mass migration: record numbers arrive in WA during pandemic
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A mass migration: record numbers arrive in WA during pandemic

Through the final six months of 2021, 460 people a day left NSW in a demographic earthquake that could reverberate for years.

  • by Shane Wright and Rachel Clun
Reserve Bank charts path to higher interest rates, but there may be potholes ahead
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Reserve Bank charts path to higher interest rates, but there may be potholes ahead

The Reserve Bank is trying to navigate a “narrow path” to getting the economy back to normal, and it reckons we’re strong enough to hang on for the ride.

  • by Rachel Clun