A massive irrigation dam on the outskirts of Bourke.
The Productivity Commission report finds that the agricultural industry is overburdened by red tape but there's still no clear solution for the best type of regulation.
Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been pushing for tighter restrictions on foreign investment in agricultural land.
The Productivity Commission says existing oversight is adequate to deal with misuse of market power.
Protesters were back on the streets demanding penalty rates be left alone when the Coalition government asked the Productivity Commission to look at workplace relations last year.
Cutting penalty rates can be a vote-changer and the looming Fair Work Commission decision is tricky for both sides of politics. So what cards do the parties hold and how might they play them?
Achieving genuine co-operation in Australian workplaces is difficult.
The Fair Work Act delivers a much more peculiar system of collective bargaining than many realise. It has outcomes that contradict the hopes and fears of both sides of the IR debate.
Recommendations on intellectual property are likely to be filed away.
The Productivity Commission's draft report on Australia's intellectual property system is good. Shame it is likely to be still-born.
Not all data are the same.
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The Productivity Commission's inquiry into access and use of public and private data risks failing to achieve anything meaningful.
Big data is not sufficient in Australia.
Improving data quality and accessibility will provide an important platform for business, policy innovation and academic research.
Australia has isolated sustainable development projects, like Adelaide’s Bowden precinct that got Princes Charles' attention in 2015, but lacks an overarching commitment to sustainability.
The challenges we face demand profound changes in our thinking and priorities. Replacing the Productivity Commission with a National Sustainability Commission would help us make this paradigm shift.
The Productivity Commission last year recommended that Sunday penalty rates should be brought in line with those applying to Saturday.
The federal opposition says that reducing penalty rates in the retail and hospitality sectors would widen the gender pay gap across the economy and hit consumption.
Australia’s anti-dumping regime pushes up prices on everyday products, even though we don’t realise this.
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The Productivity Commission's take-no-prisoners report on our anti-dumping regime was met with an odd silence.
Temporary immigration to Australia has experienced rapid growth in the last decade.
A Productivity Commission report has called for more effective regulation to minimise the exploitation faced by temporary migrant workers.
It’s not just young single people that work weekends.
Myths abound about the impact penalty rates have on employment and services.
Australia’s tax and transfer system is highly progressive and benefits more people than is generally acknowledged.
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The Productivity Commission has just released a timely new working paper that sheds light on how Australia’s tax and transfer system functions to distribute income across the population both at a point…
Treasurer Joe Hockey has asked the Productivity Commission to review intellectual property.
Intellectual property is critical to Australia's success, but we don't need another review to tell us where the problems are.
The great majority of Sunday workers who would lose penalty rates under proposed IR reforms, are non-unionists.
The Productivity Commission's proposed industrial relations reform goes after unions, but will generally affect the non-unionised workforce most.
The Howard-era WorkChoices redefined the terms around which the debate on workplace relations reform has been couched.
Echoes of WorkChoices? The Coalition is keen to avoid any whiff of the failed policy, but some of the Productivity Commission's recommendations have a strong flavour of it.
Cafe workers are among many that stand to lose Sunday penalty rates.
Sunday penalty rates will go under Productivity Commission recommendations, but overall our workplace system was basically operating well, it found.
Chairman of the Productivity Commission, Peter Harris.
The Productivity Commission has recommended paring back Sunday penalty rates, more consideration to economic circumstances in setting minimum wages, and a new form of statutory employment contract.
Only 7% of lump sums taken from super are used for a holiday.
Despite the government windfall on offer, changing the age at which people can access their super is likely to unfairly hit retirees with lower super balances.
The great Australian success story of Frank Lowy and many others like him would not have happened had Australia not accepted penniless refugees.
The problem with auctioning immigration places is that it puts the focus on short-term revenue-raising, rather than immigration’s more important medium- to long-term nation-building role.