Economics

Research report

27 Jul 2017

The nature of work is changing. For some workers, it is the best of times, as their knowledge, skills and creativity become increasingly valuable and combine to make them more prosperous. For others, however, it is the worst of times, as their hard-won skills and occupational practice become...

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26 Jul 2017

By 2030, automation, globalisation and flexibility will change what we do in every job. To prepare young people for this future we must urgently shift our understanding of what it will mean to be smart in the New Work Order. Analysing 20 billion hours of work completed by 12 million Australians...

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25 Jul 2017

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has released its fourth annual review of the state of competition in retail energy markets across the national electricity market which includes Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory....

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Commentary

25 Jul 2017

At the opening session of the annual Economic and Social Outlook Conference, hosted last week by the Australian and the Melbourne Institute, Productivity Commission chairman Peter Harris expressed surprise that no one issue seemed to have sufficiently dominated public debate in recent...

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Commentary

25 Jul 2017

It’s hard to pinpoint an exact date, but sometime in the early years after the global financial crisis the problem of inequality moved to centrestage. Evidence that had once been discussed mostly in academic seminars found a wider audience among people trying to understand what had gone wrong in...

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Commentary

25 Jul 2017

Every other day the web page of the world’s number one search engine features a cute cartoon to celebrate something like World Chocolate Day or the woman who invented potato flour; occasionally it’s even animated. It’s designed to make Google look like a happy kingdom of approachable hipsters,...

Research report

25 Jul 2017

Research Summary

The study forecast future expenditure on housing assistance programs; the additional outlays on ISPs due to asset test concessions to home owners; and the aggregate value of home owner tax subsidies. These three housing subsidy components are estimated to...

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Guide

24 Jul 2017

Introduction

Market-Led Proposals (MLPs) provide an opportunity for the private sector to contribute to the delivery of services and infrastructure to address the needs of the Queensland community. These MLP Guidelines (the Guidelines) set out the criteria for submitting...

Fact sheet

24 Jul 2017

Freight rates are a key factor influencing freight mode choice and the costs of freight-reliant business sectors, such as mining, construction, and the retail and wholesale trades. As such, they affect the profitability of Australian industry. This Information Sheet presents an estimate of...

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Discussion paper

21 Jul 2017

This report, by The Australia Institute’s Senior Research Fellow, David Richardson, shows that, according to ATO data, the equivalent of 21.6 per cent of Australia’s national income was run through a trust.

The latest ATO figures show there are 823,448 trusts with assets of $3.1 trillion...

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21 Jul 2017

Evidence from Australian state based anti-corruption commissions show that the ability to hold public hearings have been critical to their success. Bodies that have regular public hearings as part of their investigations, such as NSW ICAC, are much more effective in investigating and exposing...

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Fact sheet

21 Jul 2017

Key points:

  • There are an estimated 2.1 million businesses in Australia, between 12,000-16,000 of these are Indigenous-owned
  • Collectively, Supply National registered Indigneous businesses earn more that $1 billion per year with revenues growing at an annual
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Presentation

20 Jul 2017

Productivity Commission Chairman Peter Harris presented a speech to the Economic and Social Outlook Conference on 20 July 2017 in Melbourne.

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When the organisers met with me to set the agenda for this conference session months ago, it was the first time since I have been in...

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20 Jul 2017

Universal superannuation is a vital part of a system designed to give Australians a decent standard of living in retirement. But for millions of women, superannuation is failing. In a significant research collaboration, Per Capita and the Australian Services Union have sought to lift the lid on...

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19 Jul 2017

In Australia, local councils and communities have long been at the forefront of climate action, continuing their efforts, despite periods of instability and inaction at the state and federal climate policy level. In recent times, shires, towns and cities have stepped up their efforts and profile...

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Research report

19 Jul 2017

Support for protectionist trade policies flares up periodically, usually during periods of slow economic and income growth. Now is one of those periods.

The trend towards use of tariffs and other protectionist measures has lifted in G20 countries since the Global Financial Crisis and...

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Briefing paper

19 Jul 2017

The 2014 Financial System Inquiry (FSI) endorsed the benefits of a strong and well capitalised banking system and recommended that APRA set capital standards such that capital ratios of authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) are ‘unquestionably strong’. The Australian Government...

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Report

19 Jul 2017

On 18 June 2015 the Senate referred the followed matters to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee (the committee) for inquiry and report by the first sitting day of 2016 (being 2 February 2016):

The increasing use of so-called Flag of Convenience shipping in...

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18 Jul 2017

The Australian Energy Market Commission has published its final stage one report on drivers that impact new investment in generation and electricity transmission networks. It recommends that the review progress to a second stage. This provides an opportunity to identify ways to better coordinate...

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Policy report

18 Jul 2017

Australia, along with the other developed economies, is grappling with the implications of an ageing population. Concerns about increasing welfare costs and shortfalls of labour supply have brought with them calls to prolong working lives. However, current public policy is inadequate if the...

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