Agriculture, forestry and fishing, and arts and recreation services are much more precarious for their employees.
Despite relatively stable and low levels of unemployment, workers are increasingly concerned that their jobs are at risk.
Most of the jobs in regional Queensland’s mega projects are only temporary.
The big ticket resources projects of the past decade have not delivered as hoped for regional Queensland. New approaches are needed.
Blessed with mineral royalty payments, the Western Australian Government has seen its allocation of GST revenue slashed.
The government shouldn't cave to WA's calls for a change to the way GST is divvied out. The current system has served Australia well.
A hiker perched at the top of Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness.
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the end of the mining boom has breathed new life into parts of the Tasmanian economy. But there are also several worrying indicators -- like population growth and unemployment -- to be addressed.
A mining truck drives off in the Pilbara.
Western Australia posted enviable growth numbers for a long time. But the trend is now going the wrong way, and unless something is done soon there will be difficult times ahead.
Australia failed to properly capitalise on the resources boom.
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How WA managed to emerge from the mining boom with an estimated debt burden of $40 billion is one of the West’s great mysteries. Or not, if you bother to look more closely.
There are short term signs that the most recent downturn in commodities may not last so long.
The mining industry is more resilient because of the recent downturn and it will be global supply and demand that will affect these companies in the future.
Nauru’s parliament would have been rebuilt in Queensland, but with less power.
In the 1960s, with the phosphate boom over and Nauru's economy in ruins, Australia offered to move the entire nation to Queensland's Curtis Island. But with no sovereignty on offer, the deal collapsed.
Since the 1960s, environmentalism in Australia has largely focused on defending “wilderness”.
Since the 1960s, environmentalism in Australia has largely focused on defending "wilderness". However, protected areas in themselves are not stemming the destruction of biodiversity.
Does Nauru now face a sunnier outlook?
Saleem H. Ali
Nauruans used to be some of the richest people in the world, before their mining industry imploded. Now, as the island aims to develop sustainably, there are signs of the green shoots of recovery.
Many of Australia’s mines haven’t been cleaned up as thoroughly as they should have been.
Rehabilitating old mines is a crucial responsibility for the industry. But many Australian mine sites have been simply left alone or left for the taxpayer to fix.
Is the coal train leaving town?
We hear a lot about how essential coal and other mineral exports are for Australia. Is it true? Only for a relatively small section of the population.
In the first Politics Podcast for 2016, Michelle Grattan and Tony Burke discuss the challenging gap between government revenue and spending.
Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne says he will release his ‘inner revolutionary’ to help make Australia’s economy more innovative.
Australia's economic complexity is declining and it's not a good thing.
Australian food exports, like beef, are regarded by Chinese buyers as clean and safe.
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Australia's emerging agriculture boom can last much longer than the mining boom -- but the industry needs policies that will encourage investment.
Australia can expect expansion in sectors such as tourism, the health and financial services sectors, banking and securities.
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Mining, along with agriculture, will continue to be key parts of the Australian economy -- but new growth is expected in the services sector.
What goes up must come down: Australia’s economy is in for a wild ride ahead.
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Now is not the time for complacency. Australia must be on the front foot if it wants to make the most of what economists are calling the "new normal."
As economic growth in China moderates, so will its demand for Australia’s raw materials.
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The mining boom is over and the industry is employing fewer workers -- but the outlook for mining in Australia seems generally good.
In comedy timing is everything. So, too, in politics. In good times governing is – or ought to be – pretty straightforward. How hard can it be to divide up the windfall gains from a mining boom, for example…
Together with the government, the banking sector could play a role in easing the transition for mining workers.
A decade of strong mining revenue growth has seen workers disproportionately located in the “mining states” of Queensland and Western Australia. With mining investment now waning, workers drawn by in the…