Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced commentators and journalists. Alan is the founder of Eureka Report, Australia’s most successful investment newsletter, and Business Spectator, a 24-hour free business news and commentary website. He also hosts Inside Business, a half-hour Sunday programme on the ABC, is the finance presenter on the ABC News - and producer of the nightly graph (or two).
In this week’s essential reading guide Kohler devises a quick fix to ballooning super charges, Gawenda charts capitalism’s new era, Bartholomeusz watches as NBN Co ups the ante and Burgess explains Hockey’s pensions debate.
It will be impossible for Australia to maintain its growth rate with the working-age population dwindling. Japan’s experience offers a worrying preview of the impact an ageing population has on an economy.
Joe Hockey has described SPC Ardmona as a “union shop” in rejecting its bid for funding. The Government is clearly angling for a review of industrial relations. So how do Australians compare with workers elsewhere?
The construction and food industries are undergoing a revolution in labour practices for their survival. If the government wants to keep power it will ensure Toyota does the same – but stays in Australia.
In recent years, businesses increasingly outsourced products and services to combat the rising Australian dollar. With the currency now falling, and inflation rising, that logic is coming back to bite.