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OECD shows workplace deregulation doesn’t work

OECD shows workplace deregulation doesn’t work

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

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

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

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

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

Goyder’s productivity fairytale refuted by basic data

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?

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

Parasitic mining industry won’t stop bleeding Australia dry

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

Morrison’s bizarre new excuse for worker wage stagnation

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

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

Productivity Commission gets stuck into Australian business

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

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