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Topic archives: Productivity Commission

The overlooked area of our economy that could hold the key to productivity

and January 22, 2018 4

We talk a lot about productivity but rarely with any seriousness. And we might not even be looking in the right place for growth.

Productivity Commission serves up a megamix of old reform favourites

October 25, 2017 7

The Productivity Commission's latest report, designed to provide new impetus to economic reform, instead shows there's really not a lot to be done without political will.

Crikey Worm: Shorten’s union raided

October 25, 2017 4

Good morning, early birds. The offices of Bill Shorten's old stomping ground have been raided by the Australian Federal Police, and the Productivity Commission has delivered a report arguing for the re-introduction of a carbon price. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

GST carve-up mess makes a diabolical political challenge even tougher

October 10, 2017

The government is in terrible trouble in Queensland and Western Australia. So you'll never guess who would be one of the biggest losers from a reallocation of the GST to the west ...

Crikey Worm: Coalition slumps in regional Oz, and Frydenberg argues against a CET

October 9, 2017 1

Good morning, early birds. Yet more bad news for PM Malcolm Turnbull this morning as Newspoll indicates huge losses for his government's two-party preferred in regional Australia. And the Productivity Commission's report into the best way to distribute the GST is set to land. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Even free trade advocates are blasting free trade agreements now

Even free trade advocates are blasting free trade agreements now

August 18, 2017 11

How should Australia respond if protectionism ramps up across the world? And what can governments do to convince voters of the benefits of free trade? The Productivity Commission has some interesting answers.

How we mercilessly flog one of our most crucial industries

August 2, 2017 8

One of Australia's most important industries is a quiet blood bank for other, lazier industries propped up by politicians.

Should we let small country towns die?

May 19, 2017 8

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

Even economists think animal welfare laws need to improve

April 18, 2017 13

The way we develop animal welfare standards in Australia is skewed by industry self-interest and a lack of evidence -- and the Productivity Commission wants to change it.

The weird and wonderful questions put to Senate estimates

April 12, 2017

Labor Senator Catryna Bilyk is very, very interested in coffee machines.