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Who’s behind the wages drought?

Who’s behind the wages drought?

Bernard Keane November 22, 2017 12 Comments

If business is to blame for wage stagnation, what role do investors play? The Reserve Bank has a view, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

TAFE and VET students deserve fee assistance that works

TAFE and VET students deserve fee assistance that works

Crikey November 22, 2017 4 Comments

TAFE and VET students -- a significant portion of whom are from poorer backgrounds -- are still being slogged with upfront fees.

American CEOs show that the Business Council is lying about tax cuts

American CEOs show that the Business Council is lying about tax cuts

Bernard Keane November 20, 2017 9 Comments

Business says company tax cuts will lead to more investment and jobs. American CEOs are most honest -- they'll use it to boost their own pay. And history shows they're right.

Time for the government to stop pretending wages growth is imminent

Time for the government to stop pretending wages growth is imminent

Bernard Keane November 17, 2017 5 Comments

If the government can stop obsessing about itself for five minutes, it might realise it can't keep pretending wages growth is just around the corner.

Calculating the total cost of the postal survey (SPOILER: it was a lot more than $100m)

Calculating the total cost of the postal survey (SPOILER: it was a lot more than $100m)

Jason Murphy November 17, 2017 9 Comments

The important thing is that even with the $22 million saving, the $100 million cost to the government is nowhere near the whole cost of the plebiscite.

Rogue, out-of-control union mysteriously fails to get wage rises

Rogue, out-of-control union mysteriously fails to get wage rises

Bernard Keane November 17, 2017 6 Comments

The mining industry says industrial relations reform is urgently needed to rein in mining unions. Wages growth data begs to differ.

Latest wages figures put pressure on government forecasts

Latest wages figures put pressure on government forecasts

Glenn Dyer November 15, 2017 5 Comments

Wages growth -- long forecast to lift this financial year -- remains stuck at 2%, giving the lie to Treasury and RBA forecasts, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

When will wages start growing again, if ever?

When will wages start growing again, if ever?

Bernard Keane November 15, 2017 4 Comments

Are workers going to start seeing decent wage rises any time soon? We asked some economists and sector representatives -- and their views are very mixed.

Shareholder dividends v real investment: RBA picks a winner

Shareholder dividends v real investment: RBA picks a winner

Glenn Dyer November 14, 2017 3 Comments

Are shareholders and ticket clippers a weight on effective investment in the economy? The Reserve Bank seems to think so.

Why is wages growth so low? Experts can’t seem to agree.

Why is wages growth so low? Experts can’t seem to agree.

Bernard Keane November 14, 2017 10 Comments

Why have Western economies struggled with low wages growth in recent years? We asked economists and sector representatives for their perspective, and their answers varied widely.