Will Australia's economy age gracefully?

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

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?

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

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

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

How an ageing population will stunt our growth

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

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

The rise of robotics will thin out the middle class

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

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

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?

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

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

The US bull market has further to run

The magic dust of modern business, digital technology, has flooded big US companies with excess cash and lifted sustainable price-to-earnings ratios. The S&P 500 could easily crack 2500.

Why Australia is losing its competitive edge

Sitting back and waiting for policy settings to ‘fix’ the exchange rate and high wages won’t do much to resolve Australia’s productivity crisis. Businesses must step up their investment or fall behind.

PPL scheme benefits questioned

Govt defends leave scheme after PC report suggests diverting $1.5bn to childcare.