Productivity

It’s do or die for Australian manufacturing

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Our manufacturers have a second chance to succeed, but to stay afloat they will need to totally reinvent the wheel.

New Zealand’s shifting demographics demand tough choices

With a rapidly ageing population, New Zealand faces serious fiscal challenges that should be addressed sooner rather than later.

Why younger Australians need a stronger welfare safety net

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If the Coalition is serious about growth, it should lift unemployment benefits for the young and reduce middle-class welfare.

Business heads lobby G20 leaders

Business leaders to lobby G20 leaders with policy initiatives they believe will help exceed global growth targets.

Abbott’s flawed attack on youth unemployment

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The federal government’s ‘Work for the Dole’ scheme has broad appeal, but it will only hurt young Australians and doesn’t address the key issues causing mass youth unemployment.

From Green Army to national service

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Australia scrapped conscription in 1972 but with a new generation of young under-employed with few prospects for work, perhaps it’s time to revisit the merits of national service.

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A bleak jobs picture that’s set to worsen

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The latest unemployment and workforce participation numbers underscore the tough economic conditions, and why the next rates move could well be down.

AIG releases Victorian wishlist

by AAP
Government urged to back coal seam gas and wind farms, build East West Link.

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.

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