December 2022

More than 100 experts urge Labor government to scrap stage 3 tax cuts

featuring Richard Denniss in Canberra Times

More than 100 economists and tax experts are urging the Labor government to reconsider the impending stage 3 tax cuts for high income earners, including a former RBA boss who called it a “slap in the face for disadvantaged groups”. The tax cuts are part of the previous Coalition government’s three-stage tax overhaul, which changed

August 2022

March 2022

Training system still in disarray, despite billions spent: report

A pandemic-era $1.6 billion injection in much-needed funding into the nation’s training system has dramatically increased headcount of people in vocational courses, a new report says, but left Australia’s pipeline of skills in disarray. Three in five new apprenticeships have gone to male-dominated trades while numbers training in feminised sectors, such as aged and disability

February 2022

January 2022

December 2021

Union leaders demand super funds dump nuclear-linked companies

in Australian Financial Review

Hostplus has agreed to divest from companies linked to the nuclear weapons industry after coming under pressure from progressive think-tank the Australia Institute and Quit Nukes. Other industry funds are being lobbied to follow suit, including AustralianSuper, which has $1.5 billion invested in 18 companies that critics say are linked to the nuclear weapons industry.

August 2020

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November 2016

The truth about claims of a faulty welfare system

featuring Jim Stanford in The Saturday Paper

Last weekend’s edition of The Saturday Paper featured an in-depth analysis by journalist Mike Seccombe, dissecting the Coalition government’s attempts to scapegoat welfare programs for Australia’s labour market and fiscal problems. The article included several statistics from the Centre for Future Work, as well as from our colleague Richard Denniss (Chief Economist at the Australia Institute).  With decent paid work increasingly hard to find, it’s no wonder the government targets income-support payments for working-age Australians: there are both political reasons (shifting blame) and a perverse economic logic (reinforcing the compulsion on desperate workers to accept any job, no matter how insecure or badly-paid) behind the government’s strategy.

July 2016

June 2016

Report urges a revival of Australia’s manufacturing sector to drive innovation

featuring Jim Stanford in RN Breakfast

Australia now has the lowest proportion of manufacturing jobs in the OECD, according to a new report by the Centre for Future Work.

The report says the decline isn’t inevitable and can be reversed; several of our global peers are expanding their manufacturing sectors.

As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promotes his innovation agenda on the election campaign trail, the report finds the sector that is most innovation-intensive has been allowed to wither.

October 2013

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