Media, 28 May 2015 Read

Productivity Commission could loosen IR gridlock

When Australia's first national labour laws were passed in 1904, it left the wreckage of three ministries in its wake, embittered parliamentary relations and created intense commonwealth-state antagonism.

Media, 28 May 2015 Read

Regulators clamp down on illegal cladding

More than 170 inner-city buildings in Melbourne will be audited during an unprecedented investigation into a cladding scandal, amid fears lives could be lost during a high-rise apartment fire.

Media, 28 May 2015 Read

Australian competitiveness slipping

Australia is clinging to a spot in the top 20 in global competitiveness rankings as economic performance and government efficiency drags the nation down compared to its rivals.

Media, 26 May 2015 Read

Government bets on baristas over brains

Australia is betting on plumbers and coffee-shop owners over scientists and researchers to drive the nation's next wave of economic growth.

Media, 25 May 2015 Read

Will food replace cars in South Australian manufacturing?

A food manufacturing park in Adelaide's northern suburbs is being proposed by the South Australian Government as a way to create jobs after the closure of the Holden plant in 2017.

Media, 25 May 2015 Read

CSIRO launches $6m 3D metal printing facility

When in comes to desktop 3D printers, prices have plummeted to a point in which almost anyone in the developed world can afford to purchase their own machine. This has enabled hundreds of thousands of individuals and businesses to take advantage of 3D printing technology to an extend which was unimaginable only a few short years ago.

Media, 21 May 2015 Read

GST reform can drive productivity not kill votes

The inclusion in the federal budget of a "Netflix tax" is a heartening development. While many will oppose the application of GST to online subscriptions and services, to me, the announcement is a good sign the government is capable of taking steps, albeit small ones, on the path to GST reform.

Media, 20 May 2015 Read

Government to cut Australian shipping costs

The Abbott Government will today unveil controversial new plans to cut the costs of Australian shipping, in a move that will put it on a collision course with Labor and major unions.

Media, 20 May 2015 Read

Government backs Australian manufacturers with $50 million transition grants

The Commonwealth Government has announced the projects to gain funding under its $50 million Manufacturing Transition Programme.

Media, 20 May 2015 Read

ACTU to fire up bid for gas reservation

The ACTU will ramp up the ­pressure on the Labor leadership to reserve natural gas for domestic use in a bid to boost jobs and industry.