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TOM BURTON. Data rights for all.

A proposed new legal right for consumers and businesses to control and access the data created about them is set to be one of the major reforms of this decade. Not everyone is supportive.  

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MICHAEL WEST. Australia’s march to corporatocracy.

Confounding the familiar government narrative of reckless spending binges by Labor, the Coalition actually has the record of greater profligacy when it comes to showering billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money on external consultants.  

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GREG WOOD. The TPP is dead – so scotch ISDS

With the Trans Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) demise, Australia should take the chance to reconsider its approach to international trade negotiations. Certainly we should never again sign an agreement with wide ranging Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions (ISDS) which are definitely … Continue reading

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ANDREW FARRAN. To TPP or not to TPP? – Trade negotiators need to get back to first principles,

If the compounding mess of the global trading ‘system’ is to be overcome, trade negotiators need to get back to first principles.  

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CHRIS BONNOR. Reports on schools: lift the bonnet … and ration the petrol.

  A couple of reports out on schools this week are urging policy shifts, but in different directions. The latest offering from the money-doesn’t-matter brigade comes from the Productivity Commission in its draft report Lifting the bonnet on Australia’s schools. … Continue reading

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Kim Williams. Fair use does not mean free: Copyright recommendations would crush Australian content

As someone who has spent my life running organisations that take risks, invest billions and innovate to provide the best of local and international content to Australian consumers, reading the Productivity Commission’s draft report into our intellectual property arrangements was … Continue reading

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David Peetz. Productivity in the Construction Industry: Did it surge under the Coalition’s Reforms?

On 7.30 recently  the Prime Minister dismissed the Productivity Commission’s findings on productivity growth in the construction industry in favour of those from a small consultancy firm.  He used it to support a claim that the previous Coalition government’s legislative … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Preferential trade deals – gigantic foundation stones or pebbles?

Malcolm Turnbull has described the TPP as a ‘gigantic foundation stone’ that will deliver ‘more jobs, absolutely’. The World Bank now tells us that the TPP will be more like a pebble than a foundation stone.  See following article by … Continue reading

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Ray Markey. The myths surrounding penalty rates.

The article below by Professor Ray Markey was posted before the release of the recent Productivity Commission Report on penalty rates. Following the release of the report, Professor Markey commented as follows: ‘The Productivity Commission report presents no new evidence … Continue reading

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John Duggan. The effect of healthcare privatisation on patient outcomes

Recent actions by the Federal Minister of Health and her predecessors indicate the government’s aim to shift hospital care from the public to the private sector. Associated with this is the   developing perception that private hospitals are superior just as … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The government just does not get it on Free Trade Agreements.

I hope readers are not getting tired that I have said many times that the government continues to exaggerate the benefits of bilateral FTAs, most recently with Japan, Korea and China. With so little to show after two wasted years … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The nonsense about Free Trade Agreements

In his tormented defence of his government’s performance, Tony Abbott highlighted some of his so-called achievements.  They included the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Japan, ROK and China. Most of the work in preparation for these agreements had been done … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Health Policy Reform: Part 3 – Principles for reform

In Part 1 of this series I described the areas in our health sector that need reform. In Part 2 I spoke of the obstacles, particularly those imposed by vested interests in the health sector to protect their own interests … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Penalty rates and Liberal lobbyists.

There is a campaign underway to cut weekend and holiday penalty rates particularly in the restaurant and hospitality industries. True to form the Australian Financial Review says that weekend penalty rates are a relic of times past. A report leaked … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The media, our region and the PM’s visit.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea and China, highlighted for me the problems of media reporting and understanding our region. I have posted blogs on our media. See April 17, 2013, ‘Media failure: the tale of … Continue reading

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The Holden mess gets worse. John Menadue

Yesterday I posted a blog ‘Taunting Holden to Leave’. Let me add to the continuing story of this major stuff-up. The Abbott Government, through Industry Minister Macfarlane asked the Productivity Commission to advise on assistance to the car industry. He … Continue reading

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Another misleading story about hospital costs

The head of Ramsey Health told us in the AFR today that the “Productivity Commission report on public and private hospital systems found that the private sector was 30% more efficient”  It did not. Last year the CEO of the … Continue reading

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