Business + Economy – Analysis and Comment

The government has agreed to a push from Professor Ian Harper for a new competition policy body. AAP/Lukas Coch

Turf wars loom over new competition policy body

The federal government will implement Harper's much-pushed for recommendation for a new competition policy body - but how its fits with other regulators is uncertain.
Intergenerational mentoring benefits both older and younger colleagues, as well as their employers. Marcin Balcerzak/from

Tackling hidden issues for older workers delivers wide-ranging returns

Many hidden obstacles confront Australia's older workers, so what workplace changes can be made to maximise the benefits and reduce the problems of an ageing population?
The government’s response to Ian Harper’s competition recommendations should underpin the next 20 years of Australia’s economic growth. AAP/Lukas Coch

Harper response is good economics and smart politics

The response to the Harper recommendations on competition policy reform was mature and wisely sidestepped the issue that could derail debate on it.
Appearances are deceiving: the Gold Coast has a reputation as the capital of sophisticated “boiler room” investment scams. Flickr/Aristocrats-hat

Boiler room scams destroy lives yet police blame victims

Victims of slick "boiler room" scams are typified as naive - even by police - but the reality is very different.