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Vital Signs: slower Chinese economic growth inevitable without internal reform

Andy Wong/APChina’s economic momentum is slowing. Official figures published this week show GDP growth in the last quarter came in at annual rate of “just” 4.9%. This compa...

Why Australian unions should welcome the new Agricultural Visa

F Armstrong Photography/ShutterstockUnions have been quick to condemn Australia’s new Agricultural Visa, which will give approved employers access to “skilled, semi-skilled and u...

A global battle for low-skilled workers looms after COVID. Australia needs to be part of it

branislavpudar/ShutterstockAustralia has been built on immigration. In recent years it has been skilled migration, and that will continue to be important to us, especially as we recover from...

The easy way to rein in Facebook and Google: stop them gobbling up competitors

Few of us who have survived the last year aren’t grateful for technology.Zoom, email, connected workplaces and solid internet connections at home have made it possible to work, shop, ...

What is an ETF? And why is it driving Bitcoin back to record high prices?

The Bitcoin bulls are racing again. A year ago the cryptocurrency was valued at less than US$12,000. Now it has passed the symbolic milestone of US$60,000, nudging the US$63,255 record it re...

Australia's top economists back carbon price, say benefits of net-zero outweigh cost

Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-NDEight in ten of Australia’s leading economists back action to cut Australia’s carbon emissions to net-zero. Almost nine in ten want it done...

Many of New Zealand's most popular websites use ‘dark patterns’ to manipulate users – is it time to regulate?

ShutterstockMore than half of the most popular New Zealand websites may be unfairly manipulating visitors, according to our latest research into the use of “dark patterns” in sit...

Vital Signs: JobKeeper delivered what was needed to save the patient

Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-NDTo the critics, the Treasury has just marked “its own homework”.It has produced a 60-page report entitled Insights from the first six month...

How many days a week in the office are enough? You shouldn't need to ask

ShutterstockCOVID-19 has fundamentally changed our relationship with the office. After the enforced experiment of lockdowns pushing about 40% of the labour force into working from home, few ...

Why hasn't my parcel arrived yet? Delivery and supply chain problems are multiplying – and yes, it'll probably affect Christmas

ShutterstockDoes it feel lately like your parcels are taking forever to arrive? You might have seen online retailers warning customers to expect delays, thanks to COVID-related pressures on ...

Why your ex may be able to claim half your superannuation, even if you aren't married

Picsfive/ShutterstockMoving in together is an exciting time for people in relationships. Likely the last thing on your mind is what might happen in the event of a breakup. But it’s wor...

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