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All eyes are on tomorrow’s Scottish independence vote, currency traders among them. Adrian Clark/Flickr

What a Scottish ‘yes’ vote would mean for Australian markets

A “yes” vote to Scottish independence on September 18 would mean a great many things for Scotland, and also for England. But what would it mean for Australian business and financial markets? It’s tempting…
States must be be able to lessen their reliance from the much larger Commonwealth. AndreaDanti/Shutterstock

Taxation, the states, and redrawing our fiscal constitution

The reform of Australia’s federation is under review. In this special series, we ask leading Australian academics to begin a debate on renewing federalism, from tax reform to the broader issues of democracy…
If women knew how much more their male colleagues were being paid we might have a better chance of closing the gap. Shutterstock

To close the gender pay gap we need to end pay secrecy

Women in full-time work take home A$283.20 per week less than their male counterparts, according to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, which puts the gender pay gap at 18.2%. Put another way, Australian…
Social justice campaigner, Bernie Banton, was widely recognised as the face of the legal campaign against James Hardie. Paul Miller/AAP

Explainer: why the James Hardie asbestos victim compensation fund is running out of money

After a week of media speculation on the issue, building materials company James Hardie yesterday confirmed the fund for compensating asbestos victims could run short of money as soon as 2017. Generally…
Remember when the airline seat with extra leg room was free? Shutterstock

Why ‘free’ will eventually cost you

Remember the days when free really was free? When reading a news article to the end didn’t mean having to get over, around or through a paywall. Or when loyalty schemes actually rewarded loyalty with decent…
Delaying the super guarantee increase will have widespread repercussions. Shutterstock

Putting a real cost on delaying the super guarantee rise

The Abbott government’s deal with the Palmer United Party to freeze the minimum superannuation contribution rate at 9.5% until 2021 will not only cost retirees, it will also see future governments forced…
When African nations can effectively curb tax evasion, they may also be able to fight their major health problems. AAP/EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

How tax inspectors could prevent the next Ebola outbreak

Much has been written about the poor public health and clinical capacity to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Inadequate medical and nursing staff resources, inadequate isolation wards, inadequate…
Almost anything can be labelled ‘innovation’ - invention is a little harder. Shutterstock

What if we had a ‘National Invention System’?

Australia’s Senate Economics Committee is currently undergoing a review of the National Innovation System in light of the “challenges to Australian industries and jobs posed by increasing global competition…
Australia is a long way from consensus on G20 economic growth. Jason Reed/AAP

Australia may be hosting the G20, but it’s no G20 leader

When the central bank governors and finance ministers from the G20 agreed in February to increase growth by at least two percentage points over the next five years, they fell short of delivering a common…
Apple Pay could help make contactless payments mainstream. Monica Davey/EPA/AAP

With Apple Pay, Apple just took payment security to the banks

Today’s launch of the Apple Pay mobile payments service has the potential to eliminate the need for us to carry payment cards in our purses or wallets - but as always converting potential to reality is…
Businesses run the risk of hiring clones when they seek people who ‘fit’. Pasukaru76/Flickr

Hiring today, for tomorrow: the risks of hiring people who ‘fit’

The costs associated with recruiting the wrong person are always high, not only in financial terms but emotionally as well. So the prospect of administering a personality test that accurately indicates…
Is the government sending signals on the speed of broadband Australians should accept? Steven Depolo/Flickr

Broadband projections fail reality test

In their cost-benefit analysis of the national broadband network, the Vertigan panel predicts that in 2023, an average Australian household will require a broadband download speed of 15 megabits per second…
Given their failure to predict management performance, why are organisations still using personality tests? h.koppdelaney/Flickr

How to cheat on personality tests, and other pseudosciences

In 1931 the Australian Institute of Industrial Psychology published lectures by A. H. Martin who, after dismissing astrology, palmistry and phrenology as pseudo-sciences, bravely put psychology forward…
Myers-Briggs has a legion of fans; but not everyone thinks such a system is a good idea. Flickr/MTSOfan

Why using Myers-Briggs at work Might Be a Terrible Idea (MBTI)

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most popular personality test, boasting millions of test-takers each year. Developed in the 1940s by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Briggs, the MBTI is…
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has called for fiscal policy to lead the way in ending the Eurozone recession. AAP/EPA/ARNE DEDERT

Draghi calls for spending to rescue Euro – but will governments do ‘whatever it takes’?

In July 2012 European Central Bank president Mario Draghi famously announced that the ECB would do “whatever it takes” to rescue the Euro. And he added: “Believe me, it will be enough.” In fact, it has…
Print assets are losing their appeal. Remon Rijper/Flickr

APN’s kiwi float talk signals media shakeup

APN News & Media is mulling a float of its New Zealand media assets including its masthead The NZ Herald, The Radio Network (TRN) and group buying site GrabOne. The company is potentially selling 60…
In the same week Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is to visit India, Indian PM Modi has visited Japan. Toru Hanai/EPA/AAP

Abbott in India: the Asian Century won’t be all about China

Despite recent slumps in economic growth (now at just over 5.4% compared to 10.3% in 2010), former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this year handed the new Prime Minister Narendra Modi a much more…
Personality tests will not judge you on how you look, the clothes you wear or where you went to school, so why are people so wary of them? Shutterstock

Before you judge personality tests, consider what they don’t judge

Many job seekers are wary of personality testing. They will accept prying interviews and secretive reference checks, but baulk at having their personalities assessed. A review of studies conducted in 17…