Economic Policy Archive

Should Australians work until they’re 70? We look at the recent Productivity Commission report (29 November 2013)

The Productivity Commission’s report An Ageing Australia: Preparing for the Future is an ambitious, detailed and comprehensive exploration the potential fiscal and economic impacts of the demographic changes Australia might experience in the decades ahead. The report will provide

Australian Productivity Commission releases paper examining fall in labour’s share of income in Australia (28 September 2013)

The Productivity Commission has released a paper by a visiting researcher, Dean Parham, that examines the distribution of production income between labour and capital. In particular, it looks for explanations for the fall in labour’s share of income in

Incoming Liberal-National Government removes Public Service Heads and restructures public service (19 September 2013)

The new Liberal-National government at Federal level in Australia was sworn in on 18 September 2013. The same day, incoming Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott announced changes to the Federal public service, including removal of some heads of departments.

Victoria seeks to position itself as Australia’s freight capital (14 August 2013)

On 13 August 2013, the Victorian State Government released its vision for maintaining and increasing Victoria’s competitive edge as Australia’s freight and logistics capital: Victoria – The Freight State. Victoria’s Premier, Mr Denis Napthine, joined by Minister for Ports,

Australian Government confirms early scrapping of carbon tax (14 July 2013)

The Australian Government has confirmed that it will scrap its carbon tax in favour of an emissions trading scheme from 2014, a year earlier than planned. In effect, the fixed carbon price of $24.15 a tonne will be removed

Productivity Commission: Reappointment of Mr Robert Fitzgerald AM as a full-time Commissioner

The reappointment of Mr Robert Fitzgerald AM as a full-time Commissioner of the Productivity Commission (the Commission) for a further five-year period was announced on 27 June 2013. The Productivity Commission is the Australian Government’s principal advisory body on

Australian Productivity Commission releases first Productivity Update (17 June 2013)

The Chairman of the Productivity Commission, Mr Peter Harris AO, has released the first issue of the PC Productivity Update. The Update is an easily readable guide to the concept of productivity and to the latest developments in Australia’s