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With Modi at its heart, discussion about India’s development remains overly simplistic. Gopal Shetty/Newzulu/AAP

India’s development debate must move beyond Modi

One year on from his swearing in, Modi's "more governance, less government" mantra is coming unstuck, and simplistic public debates are not helping.
PayPal is far more dominant in online payments in the US than Australia where traditional players have defended the market. Geoff Livingston/Flickr

Fintech might be hot right now, but banks are still winning

Venture capital money is starting to flow into Australian fintech, but success will largely be based on whether new players can innovate in areas where bank's aren't.
Aldi’s “no frills” approach and private labels have been very successful. Julian Smith/AAP

Is Aldi’s move to woo cashed-up shoppers a risk?

Aldi is announcing trial stores that will attempt to capture more of the middle income market. But does it risk killing the golden goose?
Uber drivers have been classified as taxi drivers and will have to register for GST. Uber says they will challenge the decision. MAHATHIR MOHD YASIN / Shutterstock.com

GST and ride-sharing: why the ATO believes Uber must pay

A recent decision by the tax office that ride sharing services must pay GST has infuriated Uber. But are they being singled out?
Beyond being told or incentivised to hire older workers, employers need to feel they are making the right decision. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Employers need more than money to hire older workers

The government wants to see more older workers in the workforce, but first we need to overcome the ageist attitudes held my many employers.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says an inquiry into iron ore competition “could make sense”. Alan Porritt/AAP

Competition the wrong test for iron ore inquiry

While it's easy for the large miners to argue increased iron ore production is business as usual, the overall cost to the sector warrants a closer inspection.
An increasing number of apartments being built in Australia’s cities are failing to meet basic requirements. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Life in a windowless box: the vertical slums of Melbourne

Standards for apartments are desperately needed in Melbourne where planning laws allow things banned in cities including New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Vancouver.
Australia has committed to a long-term global average temperature increase to no more than two degrees Celsius – yet often envisions a future in which its is a major coal exporter. EPA/FEDERICO GAMBARINI

A tale of two futures: Australia’s economy under climate change

When it comes to climate change and Australia's economic future, different crystal balls can produce vastly different results.
Public sector workers using both employer and government-sponsored paid parental leave have been accused of “double dipping”. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

‘Double dipping’ public servants will lose out twice

The government's new paid parental leave could also have the effect of limiting conditions for public sector workers.
The government taxation mantra of lower, simpler, fairer doesn’t seem to extend to indexing bracket creep. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Taxation by stealth: bracket creep and the budget

The government is counting on bracket creep to quietly add to its tax collections. But this is simply taxation by stealth.