• Can Australia develop a rare-earth industry?

    Genevieve Feely     |      July 17, 2019

    China has secured a stranglehold over the strategically important rare-earths industry, but, with the right support, Australia could develop its own rare-earth resources to supply the western world.

  • Poorer Australians need alternative loan schemes

    Lori Youmshajekian     |      July 11, 2019

    A social lending scheme could help bridge the gap between traditional lenders and government welfare for the 2.1 million Australians under high levels of financial stress.

  • Did the Osaka G20 mark the end of economic order?

    Shiro Armstrong     |      July 2, 2019

    The Osaka G20 summit may yet be remembered in history as the moment the global rules based order was lost.

  • Australia should introduce a universal basic income

    David Thorp     |      June 26, 2019

    A universal basic income could allow fundamental reforms of tax rates and the labour market while improving security and equality for all Australians.

  • The hidden history of Australia’s own well-being framework

    Richard Holden     |      June 26, 2019

    Australia’s treasury adopted a well-being framework well before New Zealand’s much celebrated “well-being budget”. Here’s what happened to it.

  • 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.