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The economy explained in plain English

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The economy explained in plain English

    Go Home On Time Today!

    Go Home On Time Today!

    New research shows Australian workers are on average working 6 weeks unpaid overtime per year, costing over $92 billion dollars in unpaid wages across the economy. 

    2022 marks the fourteenth annual Go Home on Time Day (GHOTD), an initiative of the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute that shines a spotlight on overwork among Australians, including excessive overtime that is often unpaid.

    This was recorded on Tuesday 22nd November 2022 and things may have changed since recording.

    The Australia Institute // @theausinstitute

    Speakers:

    Eliza Littleton, Research Economist at the Australia Institute // @ElizaLittleton

    Lily Raynes, Anne Kantor Fellow with the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute. // @lil_raynex

    Host: Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director, the Australia Institute // @ebony_bennett

    Producer: Jennifer Macey // @jennifermacey

    Edited by: Emily Perkins

    Theme Music: Pulse and Thrum; additional music by Blue Dot Sessions
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    • 13 min
    Three's Company: What is multi-employer bargaining?

    Three's Company: What is multi-employer bargaining?

    To combat persistently low wages growth, the Government has put forward its Secure Jobs Better Pay Bill, currently before the Senate. The most contentious reform within the Bill is ‘multi-employer bargaining'. 

    We’ve heard employer groups call it a ‘seismic shift that will increase strikes’. On the other hand, unions are calling the reforms moderate. What is certain is that the current system is not working for workers.

    This was recorded on Tuesday 15th November 2022 and things may have changed since recording.

    The Australia Institute // @theausinstitute

    Speakers:

    Fiona Macdonald, Policy Director Industrial and Social with the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute // @DrFionaMac

    Lily Raynes, Anne Kantor Fellow with the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute. // @lil_raynex

    Host: Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director, the Australia Institute // @ebony_bennett

    Producer: Jennifer Macey // @jennifermacey

    Edited by: Emily Perkins

    Theme Music: Pulse and Thrum; additional music by Blue Dot Sessions
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    • 17 min
    Climate policies the Government could deliver at COP27

    Climate policies the Government could deliver at COP27

    Climate is dominating headlines worldwide as COP27 – the United Nations annual climate conference — begins in Egypt.

    We've just released our benchmark Climate of the Nation report, giving an insight into what Australians are thinking and feeling about climate change, and the climate policies they support.

    This was recorded on Tuesday 8th November 2022 and things may have changed since recording.

     

    The Australia Institute // @theausinstitute

    Guest: Audrey Quicke, Transport Lead and Researcher, Climate & Energy Program, the Australia Institute // @AudreyQuicke 

    Host: Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director, the Australia Institute // @ebony_bennett

    Producer: Jennifer Macey // @jennifermacey

    Edited by: Emily Perkins

    Theme Music: Pulse and Thrum; additional music by Blue Dot Sessions
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    • 25 min
    October Budget Wrap

    October Budget Wrap

    The October Budget delivers on a range of welcome bread & butter commitments, but has deferred solving Australia’s meat and potatoes revenue problems. So who are the winners and losers, and what are the missed opportunities?

    This was recorded on Thursday 27th October 2022 and things may have changed since recording.

    The Australia Institute // @theausinstitute

    Host: Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director, the Australia Institute // @ebony_bennett

    Guests:

    Richard Denniss, Executive Director, the Australia Institute // @RDNS_TAI

    Matt Grudnoff, Senior Economist, the Australia Institute // @MattGrudnoff

    Eliza Littleton, Research Economist, the Australia Institute // @ElizaLittleton

    Producer: Jennifer Macey // @jennifermacey

    Edited by: Emily Perkins

    Theme Music: Pulse and Thrum; additional music by Blue Dot Sessions
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    • 33 min
    It's a No-Brainer!

    It's a No-Brainer!

    Gas companies in Australia made up to $40 billion in windfall profits in the last year due to the war in Ukraine, and global price spikes. There are growing calls for a windfall profits tax to claw back some of these war profits, to fund essential services in Australia. 

    This was recorded on Tuesday 18th October 2022 and things may have changed since recording.

    The Australia Institute // @theausinstitute

    Host: Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director, the Australia Institute // @ebony_bennett

    Guest:

    Richard Denniss, Executive Director, the Australia Institute // @RDNS_TAI

    Producer: Jennifer Macey // @jennifermacey

    Edited by: Emily Perkins

    Theme Music: Pulse and Thrum; additional music by Blue Dot Sessions
    Support Follow the Money: https://nb.australiainstitute.org.au/donate
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    • 18 min
    Where's the middle (income)?

    Where's the middle (income)?

    As pressure builds for the Albanese government to scrap the promised Stage Three tax cuts, discussion has shifted around who would lose out. The Australian said it would mean “2.5 million middle income Australians will pay thousands of dollars in additional tax,” but describes middle income Australians as individuals earning between $120,000 and $160,000 a year. If that sounds wrong, it's because it is. 

    This was recorded on Tuesday 11th October 2022 and things may have changed since recording.

    The Australia Institute // @theausinstitute

    Host: Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director, the Australia Institute // @ebony_bennett

    Guests:

    Matt Grudnoff, Senior Economist, the Australia Institute // @MattGrudnoff

    Eliza Littleton, Research Economist, the Australia Institute // @ElizaLittleton

    Producer: Jennifer Macey // @jennifermacey

    Edited by: Emily Perkins

    Theme Music: Pulse and Thrum; additional music by Blue Dot Sessions
    Support Follow the Money: https://nb.australiainstitute.org.au/donate
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    • 26 min

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278 Ratings

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