Topic archives: australian bureau of statistics

Wage growth shocker leaves workers struggling to keep up

and May 16, 2018 6

Another bad wages growth number shows Australian workers struggling to keep ahead of inflation, and in some major sectors, going backwards, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Trade detracts from December economic growth result

March 7, 2018

A poor trade performance in the December quarter dragged down economic growth, the latest national accounts show.

Company profits rocket skyward

December 8, 2017 10

Yet, despite profits at all-time highs, corporate taxes collected by the Turnbull government are at historic lows.

Latest wages figures put pressure on government forecasts

and November 15, 2017 5

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.

Postal vote parties: how will Australia mark the end of the marriage equality survey?

November 14, 2017 10

Activists find fun ways to mark the occasion for tomorrow's announcement of the marriage equality survey results.

The 20 most economically embarrassingly statistics for the government

October 27, 2017 6

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.

Economists’ bedtime story: we’re going on an inflation hunt

October 26, 2017 2

Where's inflation hiding? Policymakers are hoping to find it somewhere, anywhere, in the private sector. But the only inflation we can find is being caused by governments.

Changing how CPI is measured won’t help inflation

and October 26, 2017 2

The ABS is changing the way it measures inflation and the results might disappoint inflation hawks, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: Sophie York, please stop emailing me. I already voted yes.

October 5, 2017 7

Senator Derryn Hinch has some questions -- and a few requests -- regarding the marriage equality postal vote.

Tips and rumours

September 25, 2017 4

In Malcolm Roberts' defence (or not) ... more ballots dumped ... is Fed Uni in "massive debt"? ...

National accounts show jump in growth despite terms of trade cut

September 6, 2017 2

The economy picked up the pace in the June quarter to end the financial year with some much-needed growth driven by the domestic economy as well as exports.

Congratulations Australia — your wages still aren’t growing

August 16, 2017 6

Australians' wages continued to stagnate in the June quarter, with none of the growth promised by the government and economists yet showing up.

Turnbull’s marriage equality survey will erode public confidence in ABS

August 16, 2017 9

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has another debacle approaching, brought on by its direction to conduct the government’s proposed postal plebiscite on same sex marriage. It needs to start work now to salvage what it can of its reputation for trust and integrity. 

Marriage equality postal plebiscite — statisticians to the rescue!

August 8, 2017 4

In an effort to avoid legal challenge to its postal plebiscite, the government will conduct the exercise via the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Hard data confirms inequality is growing, with corporate Australia the clear winner

August 3, 2017 20

Much of the increased income and wealth accruing to rich corporations and individuals is taken from poor and middle-class Australians.

Are nasty, aggro unions creating havoc for Aussie businesses? Well no, not really.

July 24, 2017 7

In the last five years Australia has enjoyed a period of industrial relations peace that no one would have believed in the 1980s.

Australia remains a gender-segregated workplace

Australia remains a gender-segregated workplace

July 20, 2017 2

Many parts of Australian industry are segregated along gender lines -- and things haven't changed a lot in 30 years.

How Gen Y is shopping differently to their parents (and how it’s changing the economy)

How Gen Y is shopping differently to their parents (and how it’s changing the economy)

July 5, 2017 4

Thirty five years worth of retail turnover data shows that we now shop very differently to the era of Bob Hawke, big hair and shoulder pads.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

June 27, 2017 2

Nunya Business fills in ABS forms ... Brandis goes global ... outfoxed ...

Tepid (but positive) GDP keeps the recessionistas at bay

June 7, 2017

While weak, the March GDP growth figures defy forecasts of negative growth, but reflect a fall in exports and housing investment, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.