Productivity

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.

Public policy reforms will control our destiny

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Forget mainstream monetary and fiscal policies. What we need are productivity-enhancing policies.

And the outlook is … rosy

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Why do forecasters consistently get it wrong on economic growth?

The true weakness of the economy has been revealed

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The Australian economy has been underperforming for more than a decade and it will take a lot more than a few rate cuts to turn it around.

Ten years to fix budget: BCA

by AAP
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Budget submission says unresolved fiscal problems will hit lifestyles in a decade.

The US economy won’t get its groove back

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The rate of jobs growth is accelerating in the US, but without solid wages growth or productivity gains the pace of economic recovery will be slow.

Profits up, animal spirits down

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Business leaders are complaining about political instability undermining confidence, but the real problem is the cost of doing business in Australia.

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