Productivity

Chiefs wish for tax reform

Australia's leading chief executives demand Canberra follow through on broad tax reform.

Private sector wage growth at new low

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Official data shows annual wage growth remains at low, private sector growth slows further.

Gumption makes a comeback

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Local companies have multiple deals in the pipeline for the first time in memory.

The fair contracts battle is far from over

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A significant milestone in fair contracts legislation has been achieved, but Small Business Minister Kelly O'Dwyer must stand her ground against industry lobbying.

A productivity puzzle for the economy

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Productivity growth will be essential in ensuring our economic competitiveness and flexibility, but it continues to elude our policymakers.

Flourishing towns vital to prosperity

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Getting Australia’s cities and regions right is another way to meet the productivity challenge, Deloitte says.

A lack of investment is plaguing our economy

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A demand for unrealistic returns has seen many businesses miss out on potentially profitable investments, with big implications for economic growth.

Visitor numbers reveal the two faces of the lower dollar

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The number of migrants heading to Australia is easing, putting the brakes on the pace of population growth, but the weaker dollar is also helping to fuel a big jump in tourists.

Our reliance on population growth is coming back to bite

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Rapid population growth has helped to obscure the underlying fragility of Australia's recent economic expansion, but policymakers now have to face up to reality.

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.

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