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Despite what RBA chief Philip Lowe says, asking for a pay rise isn’t so simple for many employees. Shutterstock

How to ask for a pay rise

Building negotiating power is crucial for anyone looking to ask for a pay rise. But for those who can't, perhaps it's the employers' responsibility to ensure fair compensation.
The treasurer referred to the A$13 billion “zombie” measures the Senate has failed to pass as a “Senate tax”, in justifying the tax increases in this budget. Lukas Coch

Budget 2017: bank populism will be paid for by Australians

The budget was extraordinary in many ways. It is an abandonment of restraint on taxes by a liberal government. It is nakedly populist and it also acknowledges that government debt can be productive.
Data shows immigration has a negligible effect on the labour market. Eddie Keogh/Reuters

New research shows immigration has only a minor effect on wages

Economic arguments against immigration often rest on simplistic arguments of supply and demand. The data show immigration has a negligible effect on wages, employment or hours worked.
A Canberra barista makes coffee. Many low-paid workers will be affected by the Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates. AAP/Lukas Coch

Explainer: where to from here on penalty rates?

The government has a major headache on its hands with the proposed cuts to penalty rates, which could haunt it all the way to the next election.
The Statue of Liberty has been a welcoming sight for immigrants for decades. Susan Ragan/AP Photo

Want a stronger economy? Give immigrants a warm welcome

Trump's plans to build a wall with Mexico and deport millions of people in the US illegally cast immigrants as an economic threat to Americans. The evidence suggests otherwise.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull used part of his address to the national press club to sell the company tax cut. Mick Tsikas/AAP

What economists and tax experts think of the company tax cut

The federal government is still trying to convince senate crossbenchers to pass a company tax cut but tax experts and economists dispute all of its supposed benefits.
Labor’s Chris Bowen says Australian workers are doing it tough. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

FactCheck: is wage growth at record lows?

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said Australian wages growth is at record lows. Is that true?

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