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India is now the third-largest birthplace of Australian residents behind Australia and England, while for the first time less than half of the population has identified as Christian.
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Universal schemes aimed at classifying populations by ‘race’ or ‘ethnicity’ can force us into a game of competing for better positions within a racial hierarchy.
The concept of unemployment and an unemployment rate is fairly new, dating back to the end of the second world war. It’s increasingly unfit for purpose.
New figures show economic growth edged closer back towards normal in the months to March, but the gains went to profits rather than wages.
The share of the population in work has hit an all-time high as the share of the workforce underemployed has hit a 14-year low. The fresh low in unemployment will bring higher interest rates, and perhaps higher wages.
Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe.
Why raise rates now, for the first time in more than a decade? If the Reserve Bank isn’t careful, too many more rate hikes like this might help bring on a recession.
Inflation is well outside the Reserve Bank’s target band and higher than it has been for two decades.
Of the news on prices, wages, interest rates and unemployment, only the unemployment update looks set to be positive for the Coalition.
You might be surprised to know that many unemployed Australians are not on unemployment benefits. And then came COVID – which saw a big shift in how many people were able and willing to claim.
Away from the states bouncing out of lockdown, spending growth was weak. The next figures, to be released after the election, might show the economy turning down.
Looking beyond the latest quarterly GDP figures, the truth is we’re getting better off more slowly than before.
When low-wage workers lose jobs the average wage goes up. There’s a better measure, but we’re not using it.
Despite the ABS itself saying that collecting data on LGBTIQ+ communities is of ‘national importance’, these questions have been left off the census again — for no good reason.
We spend more on alcohol than we’ll admit, less on electricity and gas combined than we think.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is doing what it can to push back against lobby groups’ over-inflated claims of job creation — but it can’t stop people misusing its figures.
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Businesses won’t employ more people unless they are prepared to invest. Figures out on Thursday suggest they are.
With the end of JobKeeper come changes that will force more people to search for work.
This government has known more about the granular detail of the crisis than any government in any crisis before it.
Economic activity has returned to almost what it was before the crisis, but to nowhere near were it would have been were it not for the crisis.
New data from the ABS shows how people adjusted their consumption patterns and behaviours during the early COVID-19 restrictions — and how some lifestyle changes have remained since then.