The 1994 Employment Minister Simon Crean even had to be briefed by officials on the content of the policy when Working Nation was released.
Cabinet papers released today by the National Archives show Working Nation began as a rational exercise but was soon overtaken by a desire to make the policy everything to everyone.
Brexit, bots and jobs and bitcoin are set to dominate economics news in 2018.
House Speaker Paul Ryan talks about the GOP tax plan.
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Unlike other age groups, 16- to 24-year-olds haven't recovered the job losses they suffered during the Great Recession. Spurring investment and growth are key to getting them back to work.
Here in the business and economy team at The Conversation, we love charts. This year we've made plenty of good ones with academics.
For some, the mobile phone revolution has produced new work opportunities.
The extent to which mobile phones can support and sustain real improvement in young lives is depressingly finite unless significant interventions occur.
Demand is growing for aged care workers in regional areas and so policymakers should be focused on this rather than manufacturing jobs.
Growth in high-skilled jobs is highest in Australian cities and for the country its low-skilled jobs.
The incidence of poverty among people over 65 is decreasing in part because of increased labour force participation.
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There has been a substantial improvement compared to 15 years ago, when the incidence of poverty among the elderly was 32.4%.
Politicians like Malcolm Turnbull try to target middle class Australians.
Use our calculator to work out whether you're an "average" Australian where you live.
Women shipfitters working on board the USS Nereus at the U.S. Navy Yard in Mare Island, circa 1943.
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Thousands of American women moved west to take advantage of wartime employment opportunities during WWII. For some, this version of the California dream was temporary; for others, it lasted a lifetime.
Computer-based technologies in the workplace are suggested to be causing a reduction in the total amount of work available.
Despite evidence to the contrary, we still view technological change today as being more rapid and dramatic in its consequences than ever before.
New South African research supports evidence that urbanisation has a positive impact on people's lives and must be managed appropriately for development.
On the edge.
Unemployment levels are low, but many people are being pushed into inadequately paid jobs by a punitive benefit system and lack of choice.
Jobs have been a constant theme of the Labor government’s campaign for a second term in Queensland.
Queensland Labor claimed it has 'created 122,500 jobs – more than four times the number of jobs created under the Newman-Nicholls government'. Is that right? We asked the experts.
Welcome to your future.
Should we care about the loss of an industry that normally lives in the shadows?
Approximately 15% of employed people whose main job is in arts or recreation services industries have more than one job.
We can expect to see a rise in part-time employed people using second jobs as a solution to insufficient hours in their main job.
African universities need to do much more to prepare graduates for the job market.
For decades, African universities have placed greater focus on what they teach, rather than how they teach it. But the job market now demands graduates that have been taught to think, not regurgitate
Ford and Dominos have teamed up to deliver pizza by driverless cars in a public test in Michigan.
Domino's Pizza and Ford have teamed up to offer pizza delivery via driverless cars in Michigan. Is it the way of the future?
Is the jobs glass half full or half empty?
Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable claims there is no evidence that immigration impacts wages. Is he right?
The UK's biggest industry is poised to lose a big chunk of its (human) workers.