• A universal basic income might get us through the Covid recession

    David Thorp     |      June 30, 2020

    A universal basic income could help the economy recover after COVID-19, remove the work disincentives current benefits create and improve equity and social cohesion.

  • Putting workers first?

    Dawn Lo     |      June 28, 2020

    The focus on economic recovery will be an opportunity for unions and employers to initiate major change in industrial relations.

  • 6 ways to bring back the Australian economy

    Victoria Tichá     |      June 21, 2020

    The government faces a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rebuild and reshape Australia’s economy for the better as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 lockdown.

  • Time for a new union accord?

    Tim Harcourt     |      June 19, 2020

    Can the PM take a leaf from Bill Kelty’s book on industrial relations reform and bring the trade union movement together through social solidarity?

  • Whither Australia-China trade?

    Tony Makin     |      June 18, 2020

    The Australia-China trade relationship is currently under significant strain.  In the long run, increased protectionism would not improve Australia’s economic welfare. 

  • Take the trade dispute with a grain of barley

    James Laurenceson     |      June 9, 2020

    When Australian trade with China is disrupted, commentary quickly gravitates towards the frame of economic coercion. With such deeply intertwined trade relations, coercion is, in reality, only one possible cause.

  • The young Australian workers hit hard by COVID-19

    Marissa Shields     |      June 7, 2020

    For governments and policy makers, COVID-19 is a chance to address the existing problems for younger Australian workers as youth unemployment looks set to peak.

  • The world’s not your oyster any more

    Open Forum     |      June 1, 2020

    After months of lockdown, it’s no surprise that people are itching to get out and about, but with border closures still in operation, it’s hard to know what to expect.

  • How Covid-19 infected global trade

    David Uren     |      May 28, 2020

    The head of the WTO, Robert Azevedo, abruptly announced his resignation on 14 May. He didn’t explain his reason, but as the guardian of the global trade rules, it could well have been despair.

  • Gigging to recovery

    Open Forum     |      May 28, 2020

    Hundreds of thousands of Australians are out of work as a result of COVID-19, but some may find new jobs through digital platforms, particularly in areas like food delivery, writing, law, accountancy, home maintenance, IT or graphic design.

  • Australian property vs COVID-19

    Open Forum     |      May 21, 2020

    A group of 146 property experts shared their views on how COVID-19 is likely to affect Australia’s property market in a whitepaper produced by Ripehouse Advisory last month.

  • Where’s the beef?

    Michael Shoebridge     |      May 18, 2020

    Business interests are calling for Australia to surrender its values and independence to appease China’s communist dictatorship and preserve their personal profits, but that’s a price too high to pay for beer and barley.