Productivity

Hungry property investors are starving small business

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Australia’s speculative housing boom is on an unsustainable path and crowding out lending to small business, which will translate to weak economic growth in the long term.

Red tape war ups regulatory bar

Govt to unveil new blueprint to improve performance and accountability of federal regulators.

'Dumb' rules offer $250bn hit to economy

by AAP
Red tape from both public and private sector is costing economy $250bn, Deloitte says.

Will Australia's economy age gracefully?

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Australia’s ageing population will have huge impacts on the make-up of our economy and pose serious challenges for policymakers.

Quick fixes won't help post-boom miners

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Low productivity remains a drag on our mining industry. As commodity prices fall, the big miners are struggling to fix the problem.

Manufacturing needs a management makeover

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Why aren't more manufacturing firms reaping the productivity benefits that come from training, motivating and involving their employees?

ACCC concerned by competition review

Consumer watchdog chairman Rod Sims says splitting the ACCC in two raises many 'high-level questions'.

Is the data real, or just another snow job?

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The removal of seasonal factors in the labour data could be masking the true picture.

The IMF's wobbly worries

The latest global economic outlook contains both warnings of slowing growth, and an examination of the IMF's track record at predictions. So should this fresh forecast be taken with a grain of salt?

Why cash is king in the new employment landscape

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To survive, small businesses are avoiding penalty rates by making special staff agreements on hourly rates and cash payment. The young and old must play by the new rules, or they'll miss out.

Vic Labor promises AFL grand final holiday

by AAP
State opposition says holiday would boost economy, but government slams idea.

How an ageing population will stunt our growth

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Our people numbers are growing, but Australia’s changing demographics are set to weigh heavily on our economic development.

The competition shake-up that needs to deliver

The sweeping changes proposed by the Harper Review are positive, but the real test will be whether they are enacted and if they end up boosting competition.

Wild jobs data warrants a rethink

Adam Creighton looks behind numbers of this months massive job rise.

Unions warn on 457 visa changes

by AAP
Relaxed English requirements for 457 visas could endanger workers, unions claim.

The rise of robotics will thin out the middle class

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Rather than simply destroying jobs, robotics will polarise the labour force by reducing wages in a number of sectors, thereby diminishing the middle class -- and the trend has already started.

How miners can beat the end of the boom

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Australian miners are among the least efficient in the world. That leaves enormous scope to boost profits by investing in new technologies and lifting productivity.

Two charts that show the world's economy is thriving

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Policymakers are thrashing about with concerns about a weak global economy but these two charts prove they are wrong.

What are human beings going to do?

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The digital revolution is laying claim to a rapidly expanding number of jobs, with the collision between job intensity and productivity unlike anything we've ever seen. What does this mean for young people?

Women 'work harder for recognition': Westpac

by AAP
Survey finds men more than twice as likely to see gender as advantage in workplace.

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