This week Professor Allan Fels, the former head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has begun an inquiry into price gouging across a range of industries, including banks, insurance companies, supermarkets, and energy providers. The inquiry commissioned by the ACTU comes off the back of the highest inflation in 30 years and the biggest falls in real wages on record.
This weekend, Canberrans can look forward to balmy back-to-back days in the mid-20s.
Every now and then a window opens into the soul of the business community, and we catch a glimpse of the values and goals that shape the actions of the captains of industry.
The Workplace Relations Minister Tony Burke has described proposed new laws to regulate digital platform work as building a ramp with employees at the top, independent contractors at the bottom, and gig platform workers halfway up. The new laws will allow the Fair Work Commission to set minimum standards for ‘employee-like workers’ on digital platforms.
We have now had two consecutive quarters of GDP per capita falling – hardly the soft landing the RBA wants.
There are just a few weeks until Australia holds its first Referendum since 1999, on whether we should establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.
The latest quarterly greenhouse gas emissions survey shows that Australia is heading in the wrong direction – and that needs calling out.
For the first time in decades, Australia is talking about industry policy.
As Aussies, we can get pretty riled up at the prospect of the destruction of public monuments, historic sites and places we consider important to the fabric of our national culture and identity.
While overall wages grew in line with inflation in the June quarter for workers in most industries real wages are still going backwards.
In June, a joint Parliamentary Committee published recommendations that would significantly reform Australian electoral law.
Neoliberals are always worried about government ‘picking winners’, but strangely never seem to have a problem when governments back obvious losers, like perennial failure carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The surprising thing about the Albanese government’s announced reforms to “casual” employment is not that they’re happening.
Inflation is coming down fast so we should now shift our attention to making sure unemployment does not rise
Australia gives more aid to foreign fossil fuel companies than it does to our neighbours in the Pacific.
Some critics argue we should lay off metallurgical coalmines because they’re used for steel, not energy. But that ignores the big picture.
When workers are united, and able to collectively bargain, they can win good outcomes
In recent years, workers have been held back from demanding better working conditions and pay by a lack of bargaining power.
The RBA is currently targeting a 4.5% unemployment rate, and that is going to hurt young, low skilled and low paid workers,
Australia may finally have a national anti-corruption watchdog, but we still have a long way to go to reach genuine accountability and transparency in our system of government.
The latest redundancies at the ABC are a cruel blow to public interest journalism and its role in holding the powerful to account.
Labor announced its desire to host a United Nations climate conference in the lead-up to the 2022 election. Officially called the Conference of the Parties, the UN describes its COPs as “the biggest and most important annual climate-related conferences on the planet”. They bring together nation states to negotiate on how best to tackle climate
As interest rates rise, the gains from negative gearing increase.
The Australian War Memorial is currently displaying the uniform of a soldier found by the federal court, on the balance of probabilities, to be a murderer, war criminal, a bully and a liar.
Every inflationary episode embodies a power struggle within society over who benefits from inflation, who loses out – and who will bear the cost of getting inflation back down.