July, 2018

OECD shows workplace deregulation doesn’t work

and , Jul 06, 2018

A new OECD report suggests Workchoices-style industrial relations deregulation doesn't help wages growth or employment.

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

and , Mar 08, 2018

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 , Jan 22, 2018

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

, Nov 03, 2017

Business claims that wages growth will only happen when there's productivity growth. Except ... productivity is still growing, and stronger than under WorkChoices.
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Prediction v hindsight: how do businesses’ past claims about the Fair Work Act stack up?

, Oct 27, 2017

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

, Aug 08, 2017

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

, Jun 21, 2017

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

, Nov 21, 2016

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

, Nov 08, 2016

A new paper from the Productivity Commission revisits an old topic on improving our economic performance. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.
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Our productivity record sucks — except compared to everyone else’s

, Aug 22, 2016

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