Does the nature of the IMF as a safeguard lead to an economic system of poor management and unsustainable government debt; the very system that the IMF was created to prevent?
This week is anti-poverty week. For the homeless every week is poverty week.
It is time for a new political paradigm to address our chronic budget issues.
Australia has not always been the richest nation. It topped the table during the global financial crisis, thus bolstering the view of Joseph Stiglitz, Tim Harcourt and others that Australia handled the GFC particularly well.
Only Blind Freddy and possibly Cheech and Chong, believe the ABS unemployment methodology bears any resemblance to reality.
Perhaps the most striking feature of the budget debates is the government's refusal to discuss the question of fairness.
Mr Sims and the ACCC spend around $175 million a year manipulating markets as if they were playing a computer game.
But it's the middle class who know that the system isn't working. That for all the promises made, few have been kept. They will ultimately push for radical change.
Assuming a sale of Medibank, who benefits from the IPO?
The top 10 per cent of earners pay 46 per cent of total income taxes. The bottom 20 per cent pay 2.5 per cent. This makes Australia's income-tax system among the most progressive in the world.
Six of the last 10 biggest finds have been in Africa, where - all told - there are some 130 billion barrels of crude oil waiting to be tapped by more than 500 companies.
Negative gearing is blamed for pricing first home buyers out of the housing market, for asset price bubbles (notably, again, housing), lost Budget revenue, and benefiting the rich.