Jim Stanford, Director of the Centre for Future Work, was recently featured in a new video produced in collaboration with United Voice and the Flip production company. The video highlights the problems of wage stagnation in Australia’s economy, and the need to “Change the Rules” – including proposals for sector-wide collective bargaining practices, especially important
‘Public figures and commentators use econobabble to dress up their self-interest as the national interest, to make the absurd seem inevitable or the inequitable seem fair.’ — Richard Denniss This year we’ve put together an Econobabble bingo sheet so that you can play along at home this Budget Night — how much econobabble will you be
You can only spend a dollar once. When Queensland governments spend $9.5 billion on mining industry assistance, it’s $9.5 billion not available to schools, hospitals, roads, teachers, nurses, police officers, firefighters or doctors. Queensland leads the nation in mining assistance and lags behind the rest of the nation in social services investment. There’s an easy
There are currently proposals to build one new coal mine and extend an existing coal mine in the southern highlands. With coal prices low and the future of the industry uncertain this flact sheet places these coal proposals into context. For more information read The Australia Institute’s full report on coal in the Southern Highlands http://www.tai.org.au/content/coal-southern-highlands-economy
The Shadow Minister for women Claire Moore has called on the public service to not rule out quotas for women in management.http://ow.ly/FkIOX Major federal departments are failing at putting women into management roles but they are not the only ones. Women make up only 36% of managers across the whole workforce. What’s more there are
Australia’s $105 billion Future Fund continues to invest public money in fossil fuels arguing that there is a “safe use” of fossil fuels. We checked the facts and discovered even the US government estimates every tonne of carbon emissions comes at a cost. Read our fact check here:http://ow.ly/EU1VDEvery tonne of carbon is doing you damage.
This Monday marks the 50th anniversary of Victoria’s Hazelwood Power Station, which in 2005 was named the most polluting operating station in the developed world. Earlier this year a toxic fire at the Hazelwood coal mine burned for 45 days! Energy technology has changed a lot since the sixties. Isn’t it time Australia’s energy sources
The problems of energy poverty are real and large. The coal industry says that “coal is the answer to energy poverty”. However, when coal companies contribute to energy poverty alleviation they ironically use alternative energy sources. Even coal companies DON’T use coal to provide electricity to the world’s poor.