To drive living standards upward we need new technologies to relentlessly improve productivity.
Productivity was meant to be growing faster and faster. It’s growing slower and slower.
There are many initiatives around Australia designed to keep people with chronic conditions out of hospital. But to take these further, the health system needs a ‘license to innovate’.
Nothing, not even advertising will be permitted unless it is in the ‘best financial interests’ of members.
A major new report from the Productivity Commission calls for an overhaul of Australia’s 17-year-old policy on water.
The Productivity Commission this week released the health section of its Report on Government Services. But what does it tell us, and why is it important?
Poor mental health costs the Australian economy up to A$220 billion a year, according to the Productivity Commission. It will take more than piecemeal ‘announceables’ to fix the situation.
Australian needs a ‘general safety provision’ that obliges firms to be proactive, not reactive, in ensuring they supply safe consumer products.
A conservative estimate of the productivity gains from working from home suggests they’re bigger than all of the reforms of the 1990s combined.
Tradespeople and others in licensed occupations would find it easier to work across state and territory boundaries next year under a plan being developed.
It isn’t only because they are in worse jobs. it’s also because they are earning less from businesses.
Young people’s prospects are worse than those of workers aged over 35, and worse than those of young people prior to 2008.
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.