After decades of under-investment, the number of households on the social-housing waiting list in Victoria had ballooned to 48,529 as of September 30, the equivalent of more than 100,000 people.
Daniel Ziffer A coalition of anti-poverty groups, unions, construction industry bodies and the multibillion-dollar heft of the industry super sector have come together to try to fix Australia’s biggest housing problem: Social housing. Owned and run by governments or not-for-profit agencies, social housing puts a roof over the heads of […]
Matt Johnson Property and personal finance reporter @matte_johnson Australia risks yearly economic losses on par with the pandemic by 2050 unless the country ramps up its fight on the “existential threat of climate change”. Not only would the cost of inaction devastate Australia’s bottom line, but a new report has […]
HOW DO WE COMPARE INTERNATIONALLY, AND DOES THAT NEED TO CHANGE? Recently-released figures show no improvement in Australian purchases of industrial robots, and other nations seem to be upping their investment as they adapt to the pandemic. Brent Balinski looks at some recent trends in this part of our Robotics adoption […]
EXCLUSIVE Cait Kelly – The NewDaily A recruitment company set up at the start of the pandemic to find Australians work on farms has found it ‘impossible’ to get locals jobs, despite the industry crying out for boots on the ground. One of the founders of AgriAus, who spoke to The […]
Our democracy depends on diverse sources of reliable, accurate and independent news. But media ownership is becoming more concentrated alongside new business models that encourage deliberately polarising and politically manipulated news.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is already all around us. Online devices have become essential in industries from manufacturing and healthcare to agriculture and environmental management, not to mention our own homes. Digital consulting firm Ovum estimates that by 2022 Australian homes will host more than 47 million IoT devices, and the value of […]
Josh Butler Political Editor The government’s signature jobs policy is “perplexing”, “lacking in detail” and prone to rorting, Australia’s peak small business group has said. Employers and union groups told a Senate inquiry on Monday that the JobMaker hiring subsidy was flawed and inadequate, with a “lack of clarity” over […]
The farmworkers’ union has come out swinging, claiming growers’ preference is to employ cheap, easily exploitable foreign workers over locals, a practice the union says will continue if the industry is not “cleaned up”.
The Liberals are good economic managers in the same way that the company using child workers in a third world country can argue how much they’re doing for the local economy in that country and how they’ve helped so many avoid homelessness by letting them sleep on the factory floor after they’ve finished their 18 hour shift.
It’s that time of the year when we look at the federal Budget (seasonally adjusted), and the Treasurer has announced a $213 billion deficit We have no complaints: Governments need to spend money according to the circumstances and with a national government debt reaching $944 billion, the main benefit the […]
Michael Pascoe Contributing Editor I’m dreading Tuesday night’s budget. I’ve seen the rehearsals, the provincial previews, but it’s Broadway’s turn for Josh Frydenberg to strut and fret his half hour upon the stage, full of sound and fury, signifying …Well, we’ll find out soon enough. Don’t get me wrong – […]
Josh Butler Political Editor Most Adults Want to Keep Working From Home After Pandemic, Survey Reveals Australia’s top doctors have warned rushing workers back to offices could lead to “health and economic hell”, and plans to get public servants back to their desks could spark new outbreaks and lockdowns. “Now […]
Overwhelmingly, Australia’s leading economists want the budget to boost social housing and the JobSeeker unemployment benefit rather than bring forward personal income tax cuts. The 49 eminent economists who responded to The Conversation-Economic Society of Australia pre-budget survey were asked to rate 13 options in terms of ‘bang for the […]