Michelle Grattan

Michelle Grattan

Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

Michelle Grattan AO is one of Australia's most respected and awarded political journalists. She has been a member of the Canberra parliamentary press gallery for more than 40 years, during which time she has covered all the most significant stories in Australian politics.

As a former editor of The Canberra Times, Michelle Grattan was also the first female editor of an Australian daily newspaper. She has been with the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and Political Editor of The Age since 2004.

Michelle currently has a dual role with an academic position at the University of Canberra and as Associate Editor (Politics) and Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation.

In her role at the University of Canberra, Michelle will be teaching, working on research projects in politics and political communication, as well as providing public commentary and strategic advice.

She is the author, co-author and editor of several books and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2004 for her long and distinguished service to Australian journalism.

Ratings agency S&P keeps Australia's AAA rating but doubtful about government's surplus timetable

May 19, 2017 04:59 am UTC| Insights & Views

Standard and Poors Global reaffirmed a negative outlook and is questioning the governments projection about when the budget will return to surplus, but has still maintained Australias AAA credit rating. The agencys...

Catholics vow to go hard in schools fight with government

May 08, 2017 04:49 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

The battle between the Catholics and the government on the schools funding plan appears to be ramping up, with Catholic education authorities deciding to intensify their campaign. Catholic education sources said a...

GST carve-up to be examined by the Productivity Commission

Apr 30, 2017 14:09 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra The government has ordered the Productivity Commission (PC) to review how the GST revenue is sliced up, setting the scene for a new round of hostilities...

Super funds targeted in Shorten's housing affordability package

Apr 22, 2017 01:55 am UTC| Insights & Views Investing

Labor will promise to ban direct borrowing by self-managed superannuation funds, as part of a housing affordability policy released on Friday to pre-empt the governments package in next months budget. This limited...

Defence job is a bureaucratic prize in uncertain times

Apr 20, 2017 03:22 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

One of the most challenging jobs in the federal public service has opened with the retirement next month of the highly regarded secretary of the Defence department, Dennis Richardson. Possible replacements being...

Company tax compromise is limited but works for both Turnbull and Xenophon

Apr 02, 2017 02:03 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The governments company tax deal with Nick Xenophon has given Malcolm Turnbull something to spin between now and the May budget. Its much less than the governments A$48 billion plan, but its more than had earlier seemed...

Hanson stirs the sugar pot and backflips on penalty rates

Mar 27, 2017 14:01 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

The next big judgement day for Pauline Hanson will be the election in her home state of Queensland, due in under a year. Her vote there will determine how much fear she puts into the Coalition ahead of the federal...

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Japan's underlying inflationary pressures remain subdued, highlight difficult task ahead for the BoJ

In Japan, data from the Internal Affairs Ministry showed on Friday that Japans core consumer inflation gauge rose for a fourth month in April, the longest run of gains since mid-2015, but remains far below the central...

U.S. Treasuries gain ahead of Q1 GDP data; slightly higher initial jobless claims lend support

The U.S. Treasuries gained Friday as investors await the countrys first-quarter gross domestic product (GDP), scheduled to be released later in the day. Further, the slightly higher reading of the initial jobless claims,...

EUR/HUF likely to remain steadily higher over the coming year, says Commerzbank

MNB remained dovish at its May Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting this week, but there was the absence of any fresh dovish signals, which made markets wonder whether or not MNB was going to reconsider its ultra-dovish...

FxWirePro: The Day Ahead- 26th May 2017

Not many economic data and events scheduled for today and some with high volatility risks associated. Upcoming: The 43rd G7 summit begins today in Italy. United States: Feds Bullard is scheduled to speak at...

UK's Q1 GDP growth unexpectedly revised down in 2nd estimate, BoE policy unlikely to see significant impact

The second estimate of UK GDP for Q1 2017 released earlier today saw an unexpected revision down to 0.2 percent from the previous estimate of 0.3 percent. Todays data follows growth of 0.7 percent in Q4 of 2016 and means...


How World War I changed the weather for good

Culture has rarely tired of speaking about the weather. Pastoral poems detail the seasonal variations in weather ad nauseam, while the term pathetic fallacy is often taken to refer to a Romantic poets wilful translation of...

Beyond Brexit: ‘Global Britain’ looks to the emerging Anglosphere for new opportunities

What lies beyond Brexit? This is not just a question for the United Kingdom and the European Union, but also one that will reverberate around the world. One answer is the Anglosphere. Often spoken of as an...

Electioneering in the social media age

Britain is engaged in a General Election contest and once again political parties are investing money, time and energy in their online presence. The Tories are ploughing cash into Instagram adverts and Labour is doing its...

How UKIP’s decline could provide a major boost for Theresa May

The British prime minister Theresa May called a snap general election in the expectation that it will deliver her a substantially increased parliamentary majority. This in turn would give her the strong and stable...

US under Trump Series: Appointment of Mueller as special counsel is good news for policies

Last week, the US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein appointed the former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to the investigation to Russias meddling with the US election and alleged collusion between the...


There Are Now Tattoos That Can Say It Was Stupid To Get A Tattoo Out Loud

Humans have had a long history with tattoos, going back to the hunter-gatherer days when primitive tribes would mark themselves after a successful hunt or winning a war. These days, tattoos have become a fashion statement,...

Gas Station On The Moon Planned, Mars Mission Jump Point

There are several developments in the space sector right now, one of which is the effort to colonize Mars. However, this project has quite a few obstacles with energy burnout being a major factor. This is where a Caltech...

Arms Early Impressions Favorable, Nintendo Switch Motion Control Seems Good

When it was announced that Nintendo was going to be released a fighting game with motion controls called Arms, many were concerned that the response wouldnt be up to par. Based on early impressions, however, both the game...

Scientific Proof That Vegans Are Right, Going Meatless Will Save The World

In developed communities, particularly in the US, Vegans have earned unfortunate reputations for being a little annoying. However, new scientific research suggests that they may actually have the right standpoint on the...

Inoculation theory: Using misinformation to fight misinformation

As a psychologist researching misinformation, I focus on reducing its influence. Essentially, my goal is to put myself out of a job. Recent developments indicate that I havent been doing a very good job of it....


Another Private Rocket Company Competes With SpaceX, Successful Test Reaches Space

Theres no denying that Elon Musks SpaceX is the most popular private space company in the business right now. However, its not the only one. Another American company successfully launched a rocket from a New Zealand site,...

Free ‘The Witcher’ Game Available To Players Of ‘Gwent’ Closed Beta

CD Projekt Red has opened the doors to the open beta of the Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, so everyone can finally try out the spin-off card game found in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt title. This isnt the end of the surprises,...

Fallout 4 Is Free-To-Play This Weekend, But Only This Weekend

Theres no doubt that Bethesdas Fallout 4 video game has been a financial success, but it seems the company wants to increase the exposure of the title years after its release. This weekend, players will be able to download...

Far Cry 5 Details Revealed; Cults And Inbred Characters?

After confirming a few details about Far Cry 5 last week, Ubisoft promised that it will do the official announcement of the game in a few days. In the meantime, the company released an official artwork for the game that...

DJI Introduces ‘Spark’ Its Smallest Drone Yet, Only $499

Chinese tech company DJI is undeniably dominating the drone market, but in order to stay on top, it needs to provide more variety to its lineup. Introducing the new Spark, the companys smallest drone that comes with an...
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May 26 13:00 UTC Released

MXJobless Rate SA


3.6 %



3.50 %

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MXJobless Rate


3.5 %


3.32 %


3.20 %

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USU Mich Sentiment Final



97.5 %


97.7 %

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USU Mich Conditions Final



112.5 bln $


112.7 bln $

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USU Mich Expectations Final



87.9 bln $


88.1 bln $

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USU Mich 1Yr Inf Final




2.6 %

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USU Mich 5-Yr Inf Final




2.3 %

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USECRI Weekly Index*




144.5 %

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USECRI Weekly Annualized*




5.0 %

May 26 14:30 UTC 8787m

BRPrimary Budget Surplus*



5.000 bln BRL


-11.047 bln BRL


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