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If the economy slows, responsibility will lie in boardrooms, not cabinet

If the economy slows, responsibility will lie in boardrooms, not cabinet

Bernard KeaneMay 26, 201710 Comments

An economic slowdown will be the result of the business community's relentless campaign against wages growth.

Inland rail will make its $8 billion back, government says

Inland rail will make its $8 billion back, government says

Bernard KeaneMay 25, 201710 Comments

Contradicting earlier reports, the government now says the proposed inland rail line will make back all of the whopping $8.4 billion that will be spent on a line through inland NSW.

Turnbull’s infrastructure plans built on shaky ground, but escape proper scrutiny

Turnbull’s infrastructure plans built on shaky ground, but escape proper scrutiny

Bernard KeaneMay 24, 201710 Comments

There's no evidence we're getting infrastructure spending or decision-making right at the Commonwealth level.

Women in tech hits new low, jobs data shows

Women in tech hits new low, jobs data shows

Bernard KeaneMay 24, 20171 Comment

The fall in the level of women in Australia's tech sector continues, while manufacturing had one of its best years of recent times, employment data shows.

Anti-dumping commission is also anti-deadline and bad for business

Anti-dumping commission is also anti-deadline and bad for business

Bernard Keane and Glenn DyerMay 22, 20176 Comments

If you're a foreign company targeted under Australia's protectionist anti-dumping laws, be prepared to settle in and wait. The bureaucracy responsible for protectionism likes to take it time, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

Should we let small country towns die?

Should we let small country towns die?

Bernard KeaneMay 19, 20178 Comments

The government is looking for a sound policy basis for its regional development policy. It might not have much luck with the Productivity Commission.

Reserve Bank needs to solve increasingly complex economic growth puzzle

Reserve Bank needs to solve increasingly complex economic growth puzzle

Glenn Dyer and Bernard KeaneMay 18, 20175 Comments

With weak wages growth, a lack of non-mining investment and high household debt, the Reserve Bank will be reluctantly considering an interest rate cut, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Where's the party? Eerie silence accompanies wage falls

Where's the party? Eerie silence accompanies wage falls

Bernard KeaneMay 18, 201730 Comments

Where have all the advocates of wage cuts gone? Australian workers are too highly paid, business insisted for decades. Now wages are falling, and there's silence.

Aussie workers' stagnant wages loom as a major threat to the Turnbull government

Aussie workers' stagnant wages loom as a major threat to the Turnbull government

Bernard Keane and Glenn DyerMay 17, 201714 Comments

With the Reserve Bank expressing concern about employment, don't expect Australia's stagnant wages to improve any time soon. And that's a political problem for the government, as well as an economic and fiscal one, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Enough with the banks' lies on the levy

Enough with the banks' lies on the levy

Glenn DyerMay 16, 20177 Comments

Big banks will still have enough assets to stay standing in the event of a crisis, despite crying poor over the bank levy.

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