The Productivity Commission has released a report of its review of a national agreement on the skills workforce and the VET sector.
Australia has far more anti-dumping measures in place against China than any other country, and it is not likely to give them up.
The Tariff Board was told that if women could buy music that was cheap they would buy music that was dirty.
Mental illness makes it harder to get and to keep a job. We need more employers prepared to give people with mental health challenges a go.
The Productivity Commission has highlighted the growing burden of mental illness in Australia. But to really change things, its final recommendations should have a sharper focus on prevention.
After paying rent, more than half of low-income tenants don't have enough left over for other essentials. And the latest evidence shows nearly half of them are stuck in this situation for years.
When it comes to improving Indigenous policies and programs, Indigenous communities should be the ones evaluating government – rather than the other way around.
The Institute for Health and Welfare issued an "errata" to correct statements about inequality that were perfectly correct.
Freedom of Information documents show the Bureau of Statistics spent a good deal of effort toning down news of rising inequality. The Productivity Commission seems to have been at it too.
Liberal senator Andrew Bragg is one of the Coalition backbenchers who oppose the scheduled superannuation guarantee rise to 12%. They are looking to the retirement incomes inquiry to leverage change.
A recent Productivity Commission report showed the demand driven system of university funding didn't increase participation rates for Indigenous students. But our analysis actually shows the opposite.
University enrolments surged from 2012-2017 due to demand-driven funding. But they were would have risen anyway, perhaps just not as quickly.
Australia's Fair Work Commission concluded that cutting penalty rates would create more jobs. Our research suggests it was wrong.
A full throated inquiry into superannuation and whether we need more could be the last best thing the Coalition does.
Labor's proposed amendments to the Coalition's Protecting Your Super Bill would have cost young Australians $400 million a year.
Counterintuitively, vague incentives are often stronger than clear ones.
The Productivity Commission was only permitted to examine the efficiency of the super system. A quarter of a century on, it's time to examine the design of the system and who it helps and hurts.
Picking an dud superannuation fund can cost you about 13 years’ pay over a working lifetime, roughly the value of an apartment in Melbourne or Sydney.
Increases in super contributions come out of our own pockets. In the past Shorten and Keating have conceded this.
The strength of the Productivity Commission inquiry is that it will use an economic rather than a purely health lens.