Topic archives: productivity

Hard times in the bush and soft wages make for a tepid economy

and March 8, 2018 10

While the economy continues to rack up moderate growth, there are some weak points.

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.

Goyder’s productivity fairytale refuted by basic data

November 3, 2017 7

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

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?

October 27, 2017 2

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.

Parasitic mining industry won’t stop bleeding Australia dry

August 8, 2017 16

The mining lobby wants a new round of punitive industrial relations reforms, at a time when real wages are falling in the sector and productivity booming. But that's the way neoliberalism operates.

Morrison’s bizarre new excuse for worker wage stagnation

June 21, 2017 11

The lack of real wages growth had prompted a rattled Treasurer to devise a whole new basis for industrial relations, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Will the building watchdog bill pass? It doesn’t matter

Will the building watchdog bill pass? It doesn’t matter

November 21, 2016 5

The focus on the ABCC bill now before parliament distracts from the grim reality that the government has no real economic agenda and is allowing others to drive the policy debate.

Productivity Commission gets stuck into Australian business

November 8, 2016 6

A new paper from the Productivity Commission revisits an old topic on improving our economic performance. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Our productivity record sucks — except compared to everyone else’s

Our productivity record sucks — except compared to everyone else’s

August 22, 2016 4

Wonder why we don't hear much about productivity any more? It's because Australia has been outperforming Western economies, especially on labour productivity.

Business bites: thumbs up from the RBA … economic happy days … bank mayday …

February 8, 2016

Guess what's happening to labour productivity, despite what Michaelia Cash would have you believe? Plus other business tidbits of the day.

Industrial relations report reveals the deep delusion of business

December 22, 2015 5

The business community's reaction to the Productivity Commission report on industrial relations demonstrates the profound denialism and greed of that sector.

The challenge of lifting productivity when you can’t measure it

The challenge of lifting productivity when you can’t measure it

August 27, 2015 3

One of the key challenges of economic reform is measuring productivity properly -- something we fail to do at the moment, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Business bites: still blue chip … China’s dip … denialists, get a grip …

Business bites: still blue chip … China’s dip … denialists, get a grip …

August 12, 2015 2

CBA strikes it rich. And other business tidbits of the day.

Back to the ’90s with Treasury’s right-wing reform boilerplate

Back to the ’90s with Treasury’s right-wing reform boilerplate

July 13, 2015 5

The economic reform agenda of the head of Treasury is the same right-wing stuff we've been hearing for decades, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Business bites: banks slash … sharemarket dash .. pension cash …

Business bites: banks slash … sharemarket dash .. pension cash …

June 9, 2015

HSBC to cut thousands of jobs. And other business tidbits of the day.

Lukewarm jobs market just ticking over

Lukewarm jobs market just ticking over

March 12, 2015 1

More confirmation that the economy is drifting along in today's jobless numbers -- while the mining industry continues to whine, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

Anaemic GDP growth is awful news for Hockey

Anaemic GDP growth is awful news for Hockey

December 3, 2014 7

A weaker-than-expected GDP figure shows a slowing economy that will put yet more pressure on the Treasurer's beleaguered budget. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.

Weaker growth in June quarter rounds off a middling economic year

Weaker growth in June quarter rounds off a middling economic year

September 3, 2014 1

The economy slowed back to 2013 growth levels in the June quarter, today's national accounts show, but labour productivity continues to perform strongly.

The statistical struggle to get productivity right

The statistical struggle to get productivity right

July 14, 2014 3

The ABS is moving to revise how we understand productivity in one crucial industry, illustrating how complex this important debate really is, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Strong GDP result delivers golden business conditions

Strong GDP result delivers golden business conditions

June 4, 2014 3

The March quarter GDP result has delivered some of the best business conditions for years, and shows the extent to which Joe Hockey deliberately underplayed growth ins his economic forecasts, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.