Productivity

Too much talk, not enough action

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To ensure continued economic growth, politicians and businesses need to talk less about reform and actually start doing something about it.

Heydon must keep exposing the corporate rot

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The more Dyson Heydon exposes the activities of big corporates and the unions, the better chance Rod Sims has to drive the necessary changes to the competition law.

The forces keeping a lid on unemployment

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A combination of factors has allowed the unemployment rate to remain relatively stable over the past year, but the key challenges are still ahead.

Wage growth remains at record low

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Official ABS data shows wages grew 0.6 per cent in qtr, for annual rate of 2.3 per cent.

Australian entrepreneurs look to strike it rich

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Start-ups in Australia are thriving, but the challenges facing manufacturers could be a big problem for the economy.

Sunday rates flagged for overhaul

by AAP
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Productivity Commission draft report says Sunday rates should be same as Saturday.

Tackling Australia's biggest workplace failure

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There is a major lever we can pull to improve productivity, yet those running Australia's corporations and dominating company boards are slow to act.

RBA’s lower trend growth idea demands a budget reboot

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The RBA has only flirted with the idea of 2pc growth. If that becomes fact, it will force an overhaul of budget settings.

Setting Australia right

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Real productivity reform would require two crucial steps to be taken, but most economists simply can't accept them.

AiG wants simpler awards system

by AAP
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Leading industry group says more flexible system will allow small businesses to grow.

Australia is complacent: Fraser

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Treasury boss puts industrial relations, income tax and stamp duty on the agenda.

The fragility of Australia's household wealth

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Our ongoing reliance on external borrowing leaves us vulnerable to external financial shocks.

Aust must get on with reforms: IMF

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The IMF warns that without reforms, Australia's economic growth will remain below potential.

Australians disengaged at work

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Australia's 'worryingly' low worker engagement levels are contributing to weak productivity, study finds.

Wage growth to stay low: RBA

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Pace of growth 'widely expected' to remain subdued in next 12 months after recent slowing.

Business gets new annual leave rights

by AAP
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Fair Work Commission awards more power to make workers take annual leave.

Minimum wage increased by 2.5%

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Australia's 1.86 million lowest paid workers will get a $16-a-week pay rise.

Poor policy is holding business back

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Policy that favours property speculation over productive investment is undermining Australia's business sector and threatening the rebalancing process.

The argy-bargy of balancing the minimum wage

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Although often decried as a brake on competitiveness, there is little evidence that Australia's comparatively high minimum wage is particularly damaging in terms of employment growth.

IMF warns on living standards

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Fund tips new growth 'speed limits' as ageing populations weigh on economies.

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