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Employment and industrial relations

Although this section focusses on employment and industrial relations, there has been a strong emphasis on young unemployment and government responses, because these have been the key current issues.

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Labour underutilisation: behind the unemployment figures

The increase in the labour 'underutilisation rate' over the past eighteen months has outpaced that in the unemployment rate. 'While typically labou... More »

CSIRO scientists sorting mail and cleaning labs

Nicky Phillips writes in The Brisbane Times (16.9.14) that some 'highly skilled scientists and project leaders at the CSIRO are being kept from the... More »

Queensland government accused of doctoring job loss figures

Tony Moore in the Brisbane Times (11.9.14) reports that 'Close to 5000 health workers have lost their jobs since the LNP won office in 2012, almost... More »

Suspended prison officer case to go to Fair Work Australia

Cameron Atfield (Brisbane Times 21.8.14) reports that 'lawyers for a Queensland prison officer, who was suspended after she spoke out abou... More »

Interpreting unemployment statistics

In The Conversation (21.8.14) Professor Phil Lewis writes that 'differences in meaning between words in general use and in economics can often prov... More »

Queensland power companies seeking to end cultural diversity leave

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (20.8.14) that three Queensland power companies want to end the cultural diversity leave provision in em... More »

Tough new rules for dole recipients' job interviews

Tough new interview rules for unemployed job-seekers

Patricia Karvelas reports in The Australian (16.8.14) that 'In an unprecedented move that is alarming job agencies, the new rules strip Centrelink ... More »

Employment policy and job creation: some practical solutions

The Conversation (4.8.14) carried a series of short articles on job creation by contributors Jenny Green, Eva Cox, Jeff Borland and Richard Holden,... More »

The punitive approach to unemployment

Professor Eva Cox writes in The Conversation (9.7.14) that: "policy makers should be aware that there are, at least, five unemployed job s... More »

Ensuring young people in all walks of life 'earn or learn' costs money

Grace MQuilten provides estimates on the costs of young people not entering the workforce, in her article in The Con... More »

Unemployment is hitting youth hard: this is what we should do

Jeff Borland, Professor of Economics at the University of Melbourne explains (The Conversation, 20.6.2014) why youth employment rates rise dispropo... More »

The Grannie Trap

'I appreciate there are a range of interested [parties] such as state and territory governments, pre-schools and parents who are keen to secure cer... More »

Professor David Peetz, Associate Professor Georgina Murray and Dr Olav Muurlink: 'Report on Work and hours amongst mining and energy workers'

Australian Coal and Energy Survey: First Phase Report.  This report from Griffith University, published in November 2012, examines the effect ... More »

The Brisbane Times overview of Public Service cuts in Queensland 2012-13

This link provides a compilation of the Brisbane Times reports on the public service cuts introduced by the Newman Government in 2012-13.

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