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Slightly more optimistic economic figures gives Scott Morrison and the Turnbull government a boost heading into 2018, as the charts explain. Lukas Coch/AAP and The Conversation

Seven charts on the 2017 budget update

Seven charts on the highlights from the government's mid year update of the budget.
Westfield Burwood circa 1999, a year before being demolished to make way for a new Westfield building. Wikimedia Commons (unknown author)

Westfield’s history tracks the rise of the Australian shopping centre and shows what’s to come

The fact that Westfield's founders are moving out of physical store development to invest in innovative retail technology shows what's to come in Australian retail.
Retail Food Group (RFG) Managing Director Andre Nell (right) and Chairman Colin Archer. The company has been the focus of the latest investigation into franchise problems. Dan Peled/AAP

What is going rotten in the franchise businesses plagued by scandals

There are some hallmark problems within franchising in Australia and internationally and not all are within the franchisor's or franchisees' control to fix.
Tourism businesses should start by communicating precisely what they are going to do about the situation to the customer - quickly and clearly, to reduce uncertainty and avoid confusion. Gede Surya/AAP

Bali’s Mt Agung eruption shows how businesses should and shouldn’t react to uncontrollable events

Businesses worth their weight in salt should at least in principle have the capacity to remedy situations that go wrong, as part of their modus operandi.
In Indonesia, severe public penalties are inflicted upon people found to be in same-sex relationships. Beawiharta Beawiharta/Reuters

For LGBTI employees, working overseas can be a lonely, frustrating and even dangerous experience

LGBTI employees relocating for a foreign assignment are likely to experience additional hardships compared to the typical expatriate.
This architectural rendering of the ‘Zen room’ in Accenture’s new Melbourne offices is an example of companies creating more modern and alluring workplaces to attract top talent. Supplied by Accenture

Why good design alone won’t attract millennials to your company

Top-end companies are investing in design features to make their offices more appealing to staff. But many workers are looking for more than just funky design from their workplaces.

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