The Cotton On Group’s code of conduct reflects a misunderstanding of what they should be used for.
Codes of conduct can be useful and strategic for employers, but too many are contradictory and vague.
The Australian newspaper reported that the Federal Treasurer has refused to back down on a proposed $4 billion cut to schools and hospital funding – a move that will anger the states.
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The government’s attempt to engage the States on one hand while whipping them with the other does not augur well for tackling growing health and education costs -- or for lasting federal reform.
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen and Opposition leader Bill Shorten want to make changes to superannuation.
Labor's super plan would introduce new taxes to balance inequities in the system - but is this really a radical change, or tinkering around the edges?
The 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico marked a new management low for BP.
Before the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP had previously gained high praise for its treatment of a similar spill.
The People’s Bank of China surprised observers by cutting its reserve requirement ratio by 100 basis points to 18.5% on the weekend.
Most of the new credit released after China's central bank cut the required reserve ratio will be used to fund new investment in infrastructure and construction -- and that's good news for Australia.
The Commonwealth Bank’s chief executive Ian Narev apologised to clients given poor financial planning advice.
Major banks including the ANZ, NAB, the CBA and Macquarie have faced a public humbling, but professed contrition must become real action.
Introducing a so-called ‘Netflix" tax in Australia makes sense.
The arrival of Netflix in Australia has brought into sharp relief the GST base erosion problem caused by global digital commerce. Along with the non-taxation of low-value imported goods, the absence of…
Opposition leader Bill Shorten, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh have said their multinational tax package will make big firms pay their fair share.
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The tax package recently announced by the Federal Labor party is clearly well intentioned but it misses the point about multinationals paying their fair share.
The cut to China’s reserve requirement ratio (RRR) can also be seen as a move against China’s unregulated shadow banking sector.
The 100 basis points cut by the People's Bank of China is as much as about containing unregulated credit within China as a bolster to slowing growth.
The rationale for cutting advisory bodies has been reducing red tape - but the loss can often be a valuable counter-opinion.
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The decommissioning of the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee mans the government loses an independent source of advice - at a time they arguably need it.
The Commonwealth appear to hold the aces when it comes to state-federal funding, but the states have cards to play.
The stoush over GST redistribution followed a predictable script of squabbling between states; but now is the time for an alternative agenda.
Intergenerational home: the residents (particularly children and dogs!) move through the gaps in the dividing garden wall.
With a few tweaks to planning or land title laws, co-housing could help to reduce the costs of buying, owning and renting a home.
They came in like a wrecking ball… online firms like YouTube, Spotify and Apple have fundamentally changed the way we consume. But whose rights are protected?
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The sheer market power concentrated in the hands of such few online companies represents a formidable hurdle to fair competition.
Before the biff: James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond during the filming of a ‘Top Gear’ episode.
Bullying is widely talked about, but what about incivility in the workplace? It's a wider scourge and linked to bullying, but the solutions can be simple.
Chinese workers are often aided by NGOs and usually receive little to no help from the main Chinese trade union.
The growing labour movement in China, as fragmented and repressed as it is, offers hope for workers everywhere as an example of organising against incredible odds.
COAG meets to discuss the allocation of GST.
Wondering about the how the GST revenue is actually allocated? Read this explainer.
Taxpayers are the ultimate losers when governments fail to manage expensive infrastructure projects.
How many times do taxpayers have to go down the same road before governments seriously assess how expensive infrastructure decisions are made?
Men like Australian official correspondent, and later official war historian, Charles Bean (pictured on the island of Imbros, in 1915) understood the myth-making power of images.
Source: Australian War Memorial
The Anzac legend is under siege by marketers trying to cash in: but the government also has a branding stake.
Fortescue Metals Group will change its roster for fly-in, fly-out workers.
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Proposed changes to Fortescue Metals Group's rostering system may signal a trend across the whole industry that could have flow-on effects for regional economies.
Leaked details around a investor-state dispute settlement clause in a major free trade agreement have sparked debate.
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Despite arguments that a controversial clause in the Transpacific Partnership will not affect sovereignty, governments would be foolish to agreeing to it.
Youth unemployment is on the rise, while wages have been falling below average.
New research shows there's no evidence to justify blaming high youth unemployment on high wages.
Efforts to rebuild Vanuatu’s economy may concentrate on tourism, but it’s wiser to diversify, despite the challenges.
Joseph M. Cheer
To rely on tourism to rebuild Vanuatu's economy is lazy policy and economically fraught. There are other opportunities, despite the challenges.
Has treasurer Joe Hockey already made up his mind about the more controversial tax suggestions in the recent Re:think discussion paper?
Treasurer Joe Hockey's media comments this week around contentious tax issues don't bode well for the Taxation White paper.
Microsoft Corporation’s Bill Sample, Google Australia’s Maile Carnegie and Corporate Vice President of Apple Australia Tony King appeared before Senate committee public hearings on corporate tax avoidance last week.
Tax avoidance or tax evasion? One is legal and one isn't, but there are acres of grey area in-between.
To survive, Australia Post must adapt its technological strategy.
The consequences of digital disruption on one of government's largest and iconic enterprises, Australia Post, are impossible to ignore. Now, it's adapt or perish.