by Richard Denniss
[Originally published in the Australian Financial Review, 4 Feb 2019]
Few people think carbon pricing is as important as Tony Abbott does. Not only was repealing the carbon tax his biggest achievement as prime minister, nearly five years later, he still can't stop talking about it. Nothing would excite him more than the chance to repeal another carbon price one day.
by Ebony Bennett
[Originally published in The Canberra Times, 26.01.19]
Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and forcing 537 councils to conduct citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day. And it’s stinking hot.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics released its detailed biennial survey of employment arrangements this week (Catalogue 6306.0, "Employee Earnings and Hours"). Once every two years, it takes a deeper dive into various aspects of work life.
Buried deep in the dozens of statistical tables was a very surprising breakdown of employment by size of workplace. It turns out, surprisingly, that Australia's biggest workplaces (both private firms and public-sector agencies) have been the leaders of job-creation over the last two years.
by Richard Denniss
[Originally published in the Australian Finacial Review]
Some political parties are coping better with the social and technological transitions that are reshaping Australia than others. Just as Kodak couldn't adapt to the digital era and Nokia couldn't adapt to the smartphone era, it's not obvious that all of Australia's current political parties will survive the seismic shifts rocking the economy and the electorate.
ABC recently announced plans for a new 6-part television drama called “Diary of an Uber Driver.” The Centre for Future Work's Director Jim Stanford wonders if this drama will truly constitute insightful drama - or whether it will serve to whitewash the labour practices of a controversial, exploitive industry.
A version of this commentary originally appeared on the 10 Daily website.
Workforce (a labour relations bulletin published by Thomson-Reuters) recently surveyed major IR figures in Australia on what they saw as the big issues in 2018, and what they expect as the major talking points for 2019. Jim Stanford, economist and Centre for Future Work director, was one of those surveyed, and here are his remarks.
What was the most important issue or event in industrial relations this year?
In this commentary, Centre for Future Work Associate Dr. Anis Chowdhury discusses the economic benefits of industry-wide collective bargaining. In addition to supporting wage growth, industry-wide wage agreements generate significant efficiency benefits, by pressuring lagging firms to improve their innovation and productivity performance. The experience of other countries (such as Germany and Singapore) suggests that this system promotes greater efficiency, as well as equity -- although other wealth-sharing policies are also needed.
Dr. Chowdhury's full comment is posted below.