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Deregulating TAFE would have serious impacts for the labour market. from

Deregulating TAFE is a big risk to the labour market

The risks posed by deregulating the vocational education and training sector have serious impacts for large sections of the labour market.
The entry into the market of new media and new players hasn’t altered the value of local content for people in regional and rural Australia. Wikipedia/Bidgee

The myths big media peddle to demand deregulation

Some of the bush tales about regional news that are circulating in the ongoing debate about media reform need to be debunked.
Australia’s gas market is entering a time of change: increasing supply, such as coal seam gas, can provide certainty. Ben Jenkins/Flickr

Coal seam gas can provide certainty in a time of market chaos

Australia's "looming gas shortage" - the basis for calls to deregulate coal seam gas - may not be real after all. But gas prices are still set to rise, and that's an area where coal seam gas could help.
Josh Frydenberg, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, wants policymakers to see regulation in a new light. Alan Porritt/AAP

Metadata and jobseeker plans contradict red tape target

The Australian government’s target of A$1 billion of red-tape savings for the year is now in sight ($700 million up to March 2014 and a claimed $300 million from the carbon tax repeal plus Future of Financial…
Repeal Day: liberating business, or pure politics? Alan Porritt/AAP

Repeal day an exercise in deregulation smoke and mirrors

Repeal day – a political stunt copied from David Cameron’s government in the UK – will go ahead in Australia this Wednesday. The very fact the government plans to repeal some 10,000 regulations suggests…
Red tape is just the start of Australia’s workers compensation problems. Sarahptor/Flickr

Workers’ comp needs real reform, not ‘red tape’ fiddling

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s “biggest bonfire of regulation in our country’s history” will allow some organisations to opt out of state compensation schemes and instead operate under the Commonwealth’s…
Prime minister Tony Abbott said too many unnecessary regulations were costing businesses and hurting productivity. AAP/Daniel Munoz

Abbott claims $700m in red tape savings for business

Prime minister Tony Abbott said his government would create “the biggest bonfire of regulations in our country’s history…
Workers with skills and motivation perform at a higher level, regardless of workplace reform. Salle-Ann/Flickr

Workplace deregulation won’t boost productivity

Arguments for reform of workplace relations never go away. The central claim made by numerous commentators is that reform aimed at “freeing up” the labour market and workplaces is the key to improving…

Australia’s tipping point

Tipping might one day become entrenched in Australia’s drinking and dining experience as it has in America. Research found…
Treasurer Joe Hockey admits the government’s ‘open for business’ promise must be followed up with action. Alan Porritt/AAP

Abbott’s ‘open for business’ honeymoon is over

From a three-and-a-half year high last month, business confidence data for October shows the post-election honeymoon is over, with business conditions continuing to underperform in non-mining sectors…

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