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Goyder’s productivity fairytale refuted by basic data

Goyder’s productivity fairytale refuted by basic data

Bernard Keane November 3, 2017 7 Comments

Business claims that wages growth will only happen when there's productivity growth. Except ... productivity is still growing, and stronger than under WorkChoices.

Is the ACTU telling the whole truth about a ‘living wage’?

Is the ACTU telling the whole truth about a ‘living wage’?

Charlie Lewis November 3, 2017 8 Comments

The Australian Council of Trade Unions' call for a living wage in Australia goes against what they've asked for for the last 20 years, according to one of Australia's pre-eminent workplace academics.

Ten years on from the sharemarket peak, Australian business has little to complain about

Ten years on from the sharemarket peak, Australian business has little to complain about

Glenn Dyer November 2, 2017 5 Comments

Ten years on from the pre-GFC sharemarket peak, the Australian economy is very different but has prospered thanks to smart choices by policymakers.

How the states are making Scott Morrison pay for his failing performance

How the states are making Scott Morrison pay for his failing performance

Alan Austin October 31, 2017 5 Comments

Has Scott Morrison had his worst month since becoming Treasurer?

For a document with no substance, the NEG has earned a lot of fans

For a document with no substance, the NEG has earned a lot of fans

vening.jack@gmail.com October 30, 2017 9 Comments

NEG is so miraculous that it's garnering positive reaction from both sides of the field; quite a feat for an eight page document with zero figures, writes economist John Quiggin.

‘Rate rise looms’ a perennial favourite for error-prone screen jockeys

‘Rate rise looms’ a perennial favourite for error-prone screen jockeys

Glenn Dyer October 27, 2017

It would be nice if bank economists occasionally acknowledged their errors, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

The 20 most economically embarrassingly statistics for the government

The 20 most economically embarrassingly statistics for the government

Alan Austin October 27, 2017 6 Comments

The ABS is facing huge staff cuts. In honour of the good work the ABS has done over the years, here are 20 of its most devastating stats.

Prediction v hindsight: how do businesses’ past claims about the Fair Work Act stack up?

Prediction v hindsight: how do businesses’ past claims about the Fair Work Act stack up?

Bernard Keane October 27, 2017 2 Comments

Conservatives and business leaders assured us that WorkChoices would increase productivity and Labor's Fair Work Act reduce it. So what happened? The Productivity Commission has the answer.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Crikey October 26, 2017

Andrew Forrest lawyers up ... Fairfax journos return to form ... immigration staff arrive without visas ...

Razer: dying for capitalism at our standing desks

Razer: dying for capitalism at our standing desks

Helen Razer October 26, 2017 20 Comments

Forget what you hear about the need for constant change in industry: it's all about staying exactly the same.