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The land that fell to Earth

Britain has spiralled into political failure since voting to leave the European Union. What happened, and what happens next? David Hayes takes a look.
Discussion paper

Resourcing the future: national resources sector employment taskforce

This discussion paper set out major topics for the National Resources Sector Employment Taskforce including examining the scope and timing of major resources projects; analysing the expected demand for labour and consider supply issues; and developing a plan to address labour and skills shortage issues...

Who is better at managing the Australian economy: Labor or the Coalition?

The Australian economy has had an unprecedented period of uninterrupted growth since 1992, surviving disruptions from the Asian crisis of 1997, the stock market collapse of 1999, and the war in Iraq. Some politicians and journalists argue that this surprising good run for the Australian...

The structure of the Western Australian economy

This paper examines the underlying structure of the Western Australian economy and its transformation over the past ten years. The industries examined are mining and petroleum, manufacturing, services, construction, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism, energy, water, waste; and non-market activities such as public administration and safety...

The resources boom and the two-speed economy

The resources boom has prompted much discussion of Australia having become a two-speed economy. There are concerns that the gains from the boom accrue largely to mining-related sectors and the states where these are concentrated, while the rest of the country is being hit by...

Mining booms and the Australian economy

Australia has experienced a sequence of mining booms since the European settlement of Australia. These have been a powerful force in shaping the Australian economy. This speech reviews the effect of these booms.
Technical report

Remote mining operations: economic impact on automated mining operations

This report examined the economic and social impacts of a move towards the automation and remote operations of key functions in the mining industry.

A spatial econometric analysis of the irreversibility of long term unemployment in Australia

Bill Mitchell and Anthea Bill use spatial econometric techniques to test whether there is evidence to support the hypothesis that the long-term unemployed represent a constraint on growth. They find no such evidence, which calls into question the logic of the plethora of active labour...
Working paper

Government interventions in pursuit of regional development: learning from experience

This report provides a select review of previous government intervention approaches and experiences in pursuit of regional development.

Is peak globalisation upon us?: Globalisation is much more than trade in goods

We examine the phenomenon of globalisation as it affects New Zealand. We look at its impact on New Zealand and ask whether it is a force which has had its day (peak globalisation) or is it continuing to morph and evolve.