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There are serious problems with the concept of ‘financial literacy’
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There are serious problems with the concept of ‘financial literacy’

The federal government is trying to make Australians more financially literate, but it’s using a definition that ignores many political, economic and cultural factors, writes…  The federal government’s financial literacy strategy shows how serious the idea of improving financial decision-making is. But the concept of what it means to be “financially literate” may be problematic….

Five ways to kickstart the economy – without cutting company taxes
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Five ways to kickstart the economy – without cutting company taxes

Australia is increasingly a services-led economy – the health sector is not only a big employer, but health care is an important factor in worker productivity, writes… Jim Minifie, Grattan Institute The Productivity Commission has released the first in a planned series of five-yearly updates on productivity in Australia. The report shows that there is…

Whatever happened to the 15-hour workweek?
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Whatever happened to the 15-hour workweek?

Workers are more productive than ever and earning the same amount. So shouldn’t they be working less? Writes… Joshua Krook, University of Adelaide In 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that technological change and productivity improvements would eventually lead to a 15-hour workweek.  But, despite significant productivity gains over the past few decades, we…

What Property sellers have to disclose
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What Property sellers have to disclose

Knowing what a seller must disclose to you before you sign a contract can vary from one state to the next. In this article we provide a rundown.  With vendor disclosure reforms sweeping the nation, it’s tough to keep up with all the different rules, especially if you invest interstate. Fortunately, for buyers, new legislation…

Super Wealth
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Super Wealth

It seems everyone is buying property with super these days. But what are the pros and cons of using a self-managed super fund to expand your portfolio?   We discover the 10 super and 10 not-so-super rules to investing with superannuation. Super rules for many investors at the moment. Those with self-managed super fund (SMSF) are…

Unemployment is falling, but who’s getting left behind?
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Unemployment is falling, but who’s getting left behind?

Despite low unemployment figures in Australia, low-skilled workers are still finding themselves locked out of the job market, writes… Janine Dixon, Victoria University and Chandra Shah, Monash University  The unemployment rate is as low as it has been in the past four years, yet low-skilled workers are still doing it tough.   Training can help unlock…

Becoming more urban: attitudes to medium-density living are changing in Sydney and Melbourne
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Becoming more urban: attitudes to medium-density living are changing in Sydney and Melbourne

Residents of established middle suburbs are slowly coming round to the idea, but governments and the property sector lack the capacity to deliver compact cities that are acceptable to the community, writes… Peter Newton, Swinburne University of Technology Australia is increasingly linked to a fast-growing global population.   The populations of Sydney and Melbourne are both…