Productivity

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.

The biggest barrier to a competitive Australia

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Until we address issues surrounding land supply, we will have difficulty nurturing a healthy and competitive business environment.

Union attacks BHP on worker rights

by AAP
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CFMEU attacks miner's call to make it harder for workers to take industrial action.

Effects test 'out of step' with global practice

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Harper review into competition policy recommends overhauling market power clauses.

GE’s ten strategies for success

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GE’s head of global operations offers advice on how to run a business in the 21st century.

Rio Tinto seeks return of AWAs

Miner takes aim at unions, individual contracts in workplace relations submission.

Australian unemployment will trend higher

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Low economic growth, and a general reluctance by firms to hire, will see the jobless rate push to 6.5%, or higher.

Australia's medium-term growth challenge

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It's good to have a long-term view on productivity and economic growth, but we also need to ensure the benefits of low interest rates are not wasted.

The race between human productivity and the machines

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Improving productivity is not about cutting wages, but raising the output per person.

Lessons on manufacturing from the ancient Athenians

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Current workplace trends create some of the same economic and social dynamics that existed in Greece over 2000 year ago, and there’s a lot we can learn.

Intergenerational Report: Joe Hockey and the deathly budget hallows

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It reads more like a Harry Potter tale than a serious report, and glosses over the long-term problems of the real world.

Intergenerational Report: Too political and full of implausible numbers

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The latest Intergenerational Report has a range of questionable forecasts based on absurd assumptions that ignore the structural shifts taking place in the Australian economy.

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