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The Commission found some super funds treat people very badly, but it was prevented from examining the idea of superannuation. Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission inquiry was just the start. It’s time for a broader review of super and how much it is needed

The Productivity Commission was only permitted to examine the efficiency of the super system. A quarter of a century on, it's time to examine the design of the system and who it helps and hurts.
We find it hard to read forms and to understand risk, so we stick with what we know. Shutterstock

Superannuation: why we stick with the duds

Picking an dud superannuation fund can cost you about 13 years’ pay over a working lifetime, roughly the value of an apartment in Melbourne or Sydney.
In a new study, various creators described the process of obtaining copyright permission as ‘incredibly stressful’, ‘terrifying’ and ‘a total legal nightmare’.

How copyright law is holding back Australian creators

A new study has found copyright law can act as a deterrent to creation, rather than an incentive for it.
One reason universities might not achieve good student outcomes is that they do not spend enough money on teaching. Shutterstock

Performance funding is not the way to improve university teaching

Universities now have the incentive and flexibility to respond to student interests, and we shouldn't distract them with policy changes that could make things worse.
Scott Morrison on Tuesday said reform was harder now than in the 1990s. Lukas Coch/AAP

Morrison finds his productivity report is useful for Labor too

Just as the government hopes it is making progress on the energy conundrum, it finds itself struggling on another front of deep public disgruntlement – the NBN. The rollout of what’s generally considered…
Healthcare is becoming increasingly important in a services-led economy. Shutterstock

Why reforming health care is integral for our economy

Australia is increasingly a services-led economy. The health sector is not only a big employer, but health care is an important factor in worker productivity.
Manufacturing still receives 80% of net government assistance, largely due to the remaining small levels of tariff assistance, plus some budget measures. Dean Lewins/AAP

The government is backing the wrong industries, as our economy changes: Productivity Commission

Under current government policy we are penalising the sector of the economy where there is the largest proportion of existing employment and the best prospects for future growth.

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