Caltex petrol station franchisees are the latest to be accused of underpaying workers.
The franchise business model could be undermined by proposed laws which make franchisors and franchisees jointly responsible for wage underpayments.
nbn co might not be able to pay back government loans in the time it has alotted.
A Parliamentary Budget Office report shows just how much the NBN might cost the taxpayer.
President Trump could withdraw from environmental treaties, but trade protectionism could be an opportunity for reform.
While Trump’s more extreme campaign promises may not eventuate, substantive changes in how the US engages with the world on environmental, and many other, issues are likely.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen discusses the change in rates.
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The Fed faces a tough choice on how fast to raise rates in 2017, and Donald Trump may find that it may spoil some of his plans.
Australian business confidence is falling, amid concerning signs from other economic indicators.
Australia's economic indicators are showing worrying signs, with business confidence falling in the face of continued low interest rates.
Voters rejected Matteo Renzi’s referendum on constitutional reform, plunging Italy into political uncertainty.
The "no" result from Italy's referendum is likely to brew political and economic uncertainty for some time yet.
Young people’s negative attitudes towards maths are increasing.
The questions young people tend to ask about maths often relate to their personal experience of how they found maths in school.
David Leyonhjelm negotiated for the numbers in the budget to be reported in per capita terms.
The government has agreed to report some budget numbers on a per capita basis. But there's a lot more to do in how we talk about numbers.
Trump made saving U.S. manufacturing jobs, and bringing back those lost, a centerpiece of his campaign.
Trump wouldn't be the first occupant of the Oval Office to try to bend companies to his will to achieve an objective, be it economic or merely political. JFK tried it with U.S. Steel in 1962.
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will likely resign if the result of the referendum is a “no” vote.
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Even if Italy votes for changes that will make it easier for the government to pass economic reforms, the country's economy will still be in trouble.
What does the Turnbull government’s establishment of a construction industry watchdog mean for workers, wages and the industry?
A group of experts dissect what the re-introduction of the ABCC means for the construction industry and its workers.
Robotics and other farm technologies can provide a wealth of data to farmers and agribusiness.
The extension of laws on unfair contract terms to cover small businesses, may help farmers take more control of the data their farms generate.
For some medical students, learning on simulated patients isn’t enough.
Medical students are practising invasive techniques on themselves and fellow students, a new study shows. But aside from obvious safety concerns, is there anything wrong with self-practice?
Mindfulness offered no benefit for reducing anxiety or distress in men with advanced prostate cancer.
Hold up: mindfulness training as a complementary therapy in cancer treatment might not work for everyone.
Commonwealth Bank is just one of a few Australian businesses that have faced shareholder votes against executive pay.
Two experts debate whether or not Australian executive pay should be benchmarked against that of US companies.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill meeting members of the citizens’ jury.
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After a Royal Commission and a citizens' jury, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has enough advice to decide on his nuclear waste dump plan. Which makes his decision to hold a plebiscite baffling.
A visitor at London’s Royal Academy contemplates Blue Poles, a work that captures the chaos and creativity of the 20th century.
The creative arts can activate emotion – the key to action – more powerfully than the average demagogue.
Donald Trump’s fiscal policies will struggle to meet both his rhetoric and his supporters’ expectations.
Trump's trickle-down economic ideas to cut taxes and invest in infrastructure may not go to plan. So it's not the type of fiscal policy leadership the world needs.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have approached the US economy from two completely different directions.
Looking back over past US elections you can see how the terms of the economic debate have varied – as the solutions to past crises have set the groundwork for renewed instability.
Animal welfare advocates protesting a bill to stop whistleblowers in the agricultural industry.
Businesses are trying to set up procedures to help whistleblowers, but better guidance, incentives and regulation are still needed, new research finds.