A recent study has highlighted the need for tighter regulation within the funeral industry.
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Regulation of funeral products needs to be consistent to improve consumer understanding and choice.
BHP will go back to the future following the move to ditch “Billiton” from it’s name.
BHP's rebrand is unlikely to affect the bottom line, research shows. But if it improves relations with politicians and voters, it would still be a success.
Recent figures show that women are adversely effected by the 2017 federal budget.
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The 2017 budget contains initiatives that help alleviate some of the worst aspects of its predecessors. However, it doesn't radically turn things around for women.
Pay packets rose just 0.5% in the first quarter.
The government's best ideas for how to grow wages and incomes do not inspire confidence.
Even though Sydney’s population growth (at 14%) is below the average across all capital cities, its housing supply failed to match this growth.
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Data on housing supply in Australia's capital shows that while it's increasing in areas with lots of jobs, house prices are too high for those who might want to move for work.
Increasing degree requirements for jobseekers doesn’t necessairly lead to an inventive employees.
A lack of "breakthrough" moments in innovation may be caused by the increase of specialised workforces.
The big four banks will be hit with a new bank levy.
Countries that have similar banking levies have seen them passed on to customers.
The market for exploiting software vulnerabilities can be traced back to the 90s where “phreaking” - modifying telecommunications technology - was popular.
The underground market for software vulnerabilities has been growing steadily since the 1990s, so the latest WannaCry could be a sign of things to come.
Many other businesses are already involved in OBOR, albeit with a cautious approach.
Australia has so far declined China’s offer to formally link the Northern Australia project to OBOR. But it risks losing out on trade and investment if the government doesn't take a stronger approach.
More competition between renters won’t help affordability.
In a market already tilted in favour of landlords, these apps could further push up prices.
Because the threshold for the Medicare levy exemption is based on family income, the reform will reinforce the move towards higher effective tax rates on low income second earners in a family.
With its recent budget changes, the government is proposing a rise in marginal tax rates across a wide band of middle incomes and a marginal tax rate cut for the top.
Gender income inequality in Australia is now considerably above the OECD average of 15.5%.
A 10% reduction in gender income inequality can boost labour productivity by up to 3%, new analysis finds.
Free-to-air TV has been suffering for a number of years.
Free-to-air broadcasters have lost billions in the past decade. Slightly reducing license fees won't fix that.
There are new requirements for various welfare payment recipients in the latest federal budget.
The government is reinforcing the dichotomy between "them" and "us" with this budget's welfare changes, but it lacks solid evidence of effectiveness.
Australian Bankers’ Association chief Anna Bligh will have to manage more scrutiny from the ACCC under the new changes.
The budget included a few measures to make the banking sector more competitive, but they don't go far enough.
Despite the hefty tax imposts in Tuesday’s budget, Mathias Cormann still insists the fiscal problem was a spending rather than a revenue one.
There are better ways of dealing with distortions caused by the bank than the government’s quick, politically opportunistic, measure.
The new levy on banks from the budget is a small hit to their profit but it could have unintended consequences.
Infrastructure has been flagged as a major recipient of federal funds in the 2017 budget.
The Conversation’s economic experts react to the 2017-18 budget measures in the areas of living costs, economic management and infrastructure planning and investment.
All you need to know about the 2017-18 federal budget in one simple at-a-glance graphic.
Treasurer Scott Morrison explains the budget in the lock-up.
Scott Morrison has delivered a surprisingly big-taxing budget that pays for the last burial rites of the toxic Abbott legacy from 2014.
Tackling housing affordability will be a priority for the Federal Government in the 2017 budget.
The housing affordability measures in this budget involve not much more than tinkering.
The treasurer referred to the A$13 billion “zombie” measures the Senate has failed to pass as a “Senate tax”, in justifying the tax increases in this budget.
The budget was extraordinary in many ways. It is an abandonment of restraint on taxes by a liberal government. It is nakedly populist and it also acknowledges that government debt can be productive.
Fairfax employees are currently on strike after an announcement of more job losses.
The private equity consortium bidding for Fairfax has experience in media - and it's not all bad.
The latest ANUpoll shows that Australians are very concerned that future generations may be locked out of home ownership.
Australians are in favour of housing affordability changes that the government still doesn't support, an ANU poll shows.
The political legacy of Abbott's broken promises contributed to Malcolm Turnbull's near-death experience at last July's federal election. ThisTurnbull government budget will be largely about burying the legacy of its predecessor.