Jim Stanford is Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work at The Australia Institute, and author of the new report, A Fair Share for Australian Manufacturing: Manufacturing Renewal for the Post-COVID Economy.
If relaxing health restrictions, even as Omicron was spreading, was designed to boost the economy, this is an own-goal for the history books. Continue reading »
Public sector wage restraint has contributed substantially to the record-low wage growth that was already being experienced throughout Australia, long before coronavirus ever arrived here. Governments at all levels should abandon this misplaced strategy, and allow free collective bargaining once again with public servants – especially after their heroic efforts to help Australians through the Continue reading »
There is a myth that we are heading toward a ‘post-industrial’ economy, in which manufacturing doesn’t matter anymore. In reality, we use more manufactured goods every year – and they are vital to all other jobs, too (including in resources and services). Continue reading »