Business + Economy – Analysis and Comment

Warren Buffett: “When a country needs more income they should get it from the people that have it.” Fortune Live Media/Flickr

Buffett rule a proxy for real tax reform

Why is there a tax policy named after the world's third richest man?
China’s Minister of Commerce Dr Gao Hucheng and Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott signed the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement in mid-July. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

FactCheck: could foreign workers be paid less under the China-Australia FTA?

Unions have warned that there is no clear statement in the China-Australia free trade deal that says foreign and Australian workers have to receive the same conditions and pay. Is that correct?
Australian manufacturing can provide the “silver sliver” - or the high-value - part of world goods. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Chasing the ‘silver sliver’: making sure innovation doesn’t slip through our fingers

Australia has the frustrating distinction of repeatedly producing world-beating ideas - only to lose them overseas. Why can't we hold onto what we invent?
Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh has said the GST is as inefficient but less equitable than income tax. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

FactCheck: is the GST as efficient but less equitable than income tax?

The Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh, has said the the Government's latest tax discussion paper says the GST is as inefficient as income tax, adding he thinks it's less equitable. Is that right?
Despite the Intergenerational Report’s assertion about ageing’s negative impact on labour force participation, the effect turns out to be minimal. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Truthy untruths: behind the facade of the Intergenerational Report

The 2015 Intergenerational Report is being used as a basis for important decisions about future policies. But it makes some misleading claims.
Higher levels of EI have been linked with ethical behaviour - but it also takes some degree of interpersonal skill to manipulate others. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

EQ versus IQ: what’s the perfect management mix?

It's assumed good managers are intelligent, but do they also need emotional intelligence? And if that's missing, can they learn?