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Western Australia’s government hopes its workers will look away from the mining sector towards industries like tourism and health. Daniel Munoz/Reuters

Western Australia’s economic future remains uncertain after the mining boom: study

Mining will continue to be a dominant force in Western Australia's future but the health sector is the more likely to deliver jobs and growth than tourism or agriculture, new research shows.
The country’s lawmakers for the past two years have been deliberating a new oil and gas bill without much progress. Reuters/Darren Whiteside

Finding the right model for Indonesia’s oil and gas management

Indonesian lawmakers should ignore a push from nationalists groups to return monopoly rights over the country's oil and gas reserved to the state oil company, Pertamina.
ANZ has already struck a deal with Apple for its contactless payment system but now four other banks are arguing the company is making competition difficult. Monica Davey/EPA

Apple Pay dispute may mean less opportunity to pay with your mobile

The competition in Australia's contactless payment industry is heating up as Apple Pay sets up in Australia. However some banks claim the company is making the system less competitive.
Crown Resorts operates three casinos in Macau and planned to lure more Chinese high rollers to its Australian operations before the arrest of eighteen employees threw their behaviour in China into question. Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Crown employee arrests show danger of assumptions about China

It's easy for foreign businesses in China to misstep when they don't understand the lack of a rule of law and the influence of the government.
Many Australians will not benefit from the Financial Services Council’s new life insurance code, Gail Pearson says.

New life insurance code riddled with loopholes

The Financial Services Council code of conduct for life insurance is the industry's last chance to reform before the government steps in.
Machines are set to take over all of our jobs in the near future, author Tim Dunlop predicts. Franck Robichon/EPA

Business Briefing: why the future is workless

Business Briefing: why the future is workless. The Conversation18.1 MB (download)
We need to embrace a future where machines do our jobs for us and the government gives us a basic income as a safety net, author Tim Dunlop says.