• What the Modern Slavery Act means for Australian firms

    Open Forum     |      December 11, 2018

    Australia has joined Britain, France and other nations in passing legislation to compel domestic companies to address the reality of slavery in their international supply chains.

  • Will Hayne blink?

    Warren Staples     |      December 8, 2018

    With public hearings finished, insiders are making a last-ditch bid to either soften or sidetrack the final report of the banking royal commission.

  • Trump, trade wars and tariffs

    Tim Harcourt     |      December 6, 2018

    Experts from around the world are working hard to understand what Donald Trump’s economic policies mean for global trade systems.

  • The benefits – and pitfalls – of working alone

    Agustin Chevez     |      December 3, 2018

    From Antarctic researchers to Australian truck drivers or home based ‘knowledge workers’, depression, stress, lack of motivation and eventually burnout are all possible consequences of working in isolation for too long.

  • Redefining workers in the platform economy

    Tom Barratt     |      November 30, 2018

    By treating workers as independent contractors, “gig economy” companies such as Foodora have avoided the cost of paying employee entitlements such as annual leave, sick leave and superannuation. However a recent ruling against them may not ensure workers rights in other similar firms.

  • Building our own warships is Australia’s path to the next industrial revolution

    Giselle Rampersad     |      November 25, 2018

    The Federal government’s substantial investment in new frigates and submarines may prove as important to our nation’s economy as it is to our military security.

  • We need an ecological civilization before it’s too late

    Jeremy Lent     |      November 24, 2018

    One way or another, humanity is headed for the third great transformation in its history: either in the form of global collapse or a metamorphosis to a new foundation for sustainable living.

  • Why we should worry about Victoria’s MoU with China

    Peter Lloyd     |      November 22, 2018

    Victoria’s state government has become the first Australian state to sign a memorandum of understanding with China under China’s Belt and Road Initiative, but attention should be paid to the risks as well as the rewards of the initiative.

  • Being bullied in the workplace is bad for your heart

    Open Forum     |      November 20, 2018

    People who are bullied at work or experience violence at work are at higher risk of heart and brain blood vessel problems, including heart attacks and stroke, according to international scientists.

  • The enduring fight for free trade

    Andrew Leigh     |      November 15, 2018

    The argument for free trade must continually be made to convince a skeptical public but new measures must also take account of changing circumstances to ensure Australia’s trade remains healthy into the future.

  • Unlocking Australia’s productivity paradox

    Adam Triggs     |      November 14, 2018

    Predictions that new technology would unleash the boom in productivity required to increase real wages and create new jobs remain unproven as Australia’s productivity continues to lag behind increases in the past.

  • The ‘big boys’ can learn trade lessons from smaller states

    Joel Ng     |      November 12, 2018

    Small states can offer positive examples of success for larger countries looking for solutions to the problems and discontents in their much larger and more complex economies.