• Working hard to make work fairer

    Kate Stanton     |      June 4, 2019

    A proactive model helps the Fair Work Ombudsman track down unscrupulous employers who exploit or underpay their workers.

  • Low paid workers get a small pay rise

    Jim Stanford     |      June 2, 2019

    Waiting for “market forces” to reverse recent record weakness in wage growth hasn’t worked. Nothing does more to create sustainable economic momentum than strong, sustained increases in the minimum wage. The Fair Work Commission is helping, but it could have been more ambitious.

  • Will slow wage growth decide Australia’s election?

    Thomas Maak     |      May 17, 2019

    Labor has pledged to get wages moving again while the Coalition puts its faith in the economy. How voters see this policy divide could determine who forms the next Australian government.

  • The false hope offered by talk of a living wage

    John Freebairn     |      April 27, 2019

    Although it sounds attractive in theory, a higher minimum or “living wage” would give minimal assistance to some people on low incomes, while advantaging others not generally considered in need of support.

  • The budget needs to address underemployment

    Lori Youmshajekian     |      April 1, 2019

    Having work, but not enough of it to meet the costs of living, is especially a problem for young people, says UNSW Professor Kristy Muir.

  • Could “shadow equity” help workers escape the low wage trap?

    Richard Holden     |      March 21, 2019

    Paying workers in a similar way to executives might start to reverse the widening gulf in renumeration between executives and employees.

  • Where the future work skills debate goes missing

    Veronica Sheen     |      March 13, 2019

    “Future Skills”, a new report by Australian thinktank AlphaBeta for Google Australia, argues that positive human traits, rather than knowledge or skills, will be job seekers’ unique selling point in the years ahead.

  • It’s time to modernise, not abandon, the WTO

    John Denton     |      March 12, 2019

    There is no shortage of opinion pieces heralding the end of the rules-based multilateral trading system but this means the World Trade Organisation needs to be modernised, rather than abandoned altogether.

  • The Chinese coal ‘ban’ sends a significant political message

    Tony Walker     |      March 4, 2019

    The standoff over Australian coal imports through the Chinese port of Dalian sends a powerful political message that the authorities in Beijing can turn our imports off and on at will.

  • Dealing with the dragon

    Michael Shoebridge     |      February 27, 2019

    China’s recent disruption of Australian coal exports underlines the country’s need to diversify exports to Indonesia, India and other nations, rather than relying so heavily on just one trading partner.

  • Post capitalism – Life within environmental limits

    Brendan Gleeson     |      February 24, 2019

    Capitalism’s limitless growth on a finite planet means the economic system we take for granted could end soon. If so, transformative and sustainable change must come from grassroots action.

  • Removing broker commissions is a double-edged sword

    Julian Lorkin     |      February 23, 2019

    The number of mortgage brokers providing a money-saving service to consumers could fall under changes recommended by the banking royal commission, according to Mark Humphrey-Jenner of UNSW Business School.