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Spectre of steel

Elijah discusses how the Zollverein – a customs union and free trade area – played a pivotal role in the economic and political evolution of German-speaking states in the 19th century, eventually leading to the creation of the German Empire.

The Hanseatic League

Elijah takes us to Hamburg and reflects on the city’s heritage as a flourishing centre of the Hanseatic League.

It's time for a land tax

Sam O’Connor argues that stamp duty should be replaced with a broad-based land tax, to improve the government bottom line and help Australians deal with the rising cost of home ownership.

Is competition regulation an oxymoron?

Australia needs a full-time, focussed competition watchdog that applies the law using state-of-the-art economics, understanding the ambiguities and subtleties of market interactions, writes Professor Stephen King.