Christian Kerr writes:

Who’s noticed that the WorkChoices ads have now been joined on TV by IR
spots from the Business Council of Australia, part of a reform agenda report they have prepared?

It’s always good to see some detailed planning, research and reasoning
– but it’s also interesting to see where Australia measures up in some
of the league tables of competitiveness the BCA features.

We’re ninth, according IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2005. The 2005-6 Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum handbook has us at fourteenth.

But look at some of the people above us – such freed-up (not) economies
as Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Now King Carl XVI Gustav has
been in town and we all love our Mary, but is the BCA saying we should
go all Scandinavian?