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If we want to stop kicking the innovation football back and forth – we need to move industry policy to a more prominent place in the political agenda. www.shutterstock.com

Let’s stop kicking the innovation football around

The federal government spends over A$10 billion plus a year on industry policies but we have little idea how effective they have been. Programs are regularly dropped before we even know if they work. Think…
Embedding members of the LGBTI community within senior ranks of a business can diffuse workplace homophobic attitudes and create an environment of inclusiveness. Dan Peled/AAP

Homophobia is harmful to workers and businesses

The continued presence of homophobic attitudes in society and the workplace has been eroding the productivity and profitability of Australian businesses.
Australian business confidence is falling, amid concerning signs from other economic indicators. Dan Peled/AAP

It’s not just a drop in GDP that should worry us

Australia's economic indicators are showing worrying signs, with business confidence falling in the face of continued low interest rates.
A hiker perched at the top of Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness. AAP Image/ Jenny Archer

There’s hope for Tasmania in the post-mining boom era

the end of the mining boom has breathed new life into parts of the Tasmanian economy. But there are also several worrying indicators -- like population growth and unemployment -- to be addressed.
Labor’s Chris Bowen says Australian workers are doing it tough. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

FactCheck: is wage growth at record lows?

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said Australian wages growth is at record lows. Is that true?
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How universities boost economic growth

The second half of the 20th century saw explosive economic growth and also a huge increase in universities – new research shows the two are related.
If businesses meet the needs of their employees they will feel like they are growing and will be more productive, research suggests. www.shutterstock.com

How happiness improves business results

Happy employees, whose basic needs are met, are essential to a productive business.
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Business Briefing: a better way to design an office

Business Briefing: a better to design an office. The Conversation13.9 MB (download)
Research shows that many building codes don't designate the maximum number of people that should fit in an office, but that's not the only problem with standard office design.

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