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Assistant Superannuation Minister Jane Hume (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Government shoots itself in the foot (yet again) in its war on industry super funds

The government hoped early access to superannuation would embarrass industry super funds. Instead, they've been among the best performers, while some retail super funds have been the worst at giving people their money.

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Casualisation — not just a union-business debate, but maybe key to new growth

Even if overall levels of casualisation remain unchanged, addressing job insecurity might deliver a win for workers, employers and the government itself.

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Time to confront the truth of the dying news: it has never been in demand

News media has long believed its own myth: that it is something people desperately want but are now being denied.

Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Weapons down? Maybe, but there is plenty to fight about. Here's a list of friction points

The prime minister wants businesses and unions to 'down weapons' to negotiate industrial reform. But there's a lot they don't agree on.

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'Unfit', rinse, repeat: how the industrial relations debate ignores the evidence (again)

The biggest changes in the 'not fit for purpose' IR system have disadvantaged workers and empowered employers. Shame journalists keep forgetting that.

ACTU secretary Sally McManus. (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

A question of trust: can unions, the government and business all stay friends?

Scott Morrison's plan for economic recovery relies on unions and employers working together, presenting both a risk and an opportunity for the union movement.

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This is a chance to remake work and the economy. Will Labor and labour seize it?

It's time for a 30-hour working week. Remaking the Australian way of work will need imagination and courage — and a new way of paying for it all. How about COVID bonds?

Only the credulous could accept a contactless account of our economic reality

Reports that consumer spending is back to where it was last year leave out the fact that contactless payments are the new norm.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor speaks to the media. (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

What lies beneath must be resurfaced — or the media is not doing its job to expose power and corruption

When even good journalists fail to explore the financial and personal links between companies and policymakers, they allow a pervasive form of institutional corruption to flourish.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Party donors win big from government roadmap to more fossil fuel use

The government's energy plan involves gas and discredited carbon capture and storage — both coincidentally the raison d'être of its major donors.