Vital Signs: it will take more than asking for a pay rise to fix Australia's wages problem

Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data affecting global economies.This week: a break from data reporting to focus on Australia&rsq...

How to ask for a pay rise

Despite what RBA chief Philip Lowe says, asking for a pay rise isn't so simple for many employees. ShutterstockWhen Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe argued that the real source of workers’ unhappiness was an unwillingness to lobby for higher wages, he overlooked a key tenet of negotiation: we...

From gay Nazis to 'we're here, we're queer': A century of arguing about gay pride

This month, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will join gay pride marches in cities big and small. In many cities, pride marches are controversial. In some – like Moscow – they are even banned. But for many people in North America, parts of Europe, Latin America and elsewh...

It's easy to do business in New Zealand but it needs to be easier

New Zealand is one of the easiest places to do business.ShutterstockNew Zealand is still topping the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, a ranking of how easy it is to do business in 190 economies and cities. But even though New Zealand is ranked first in half of the criteria, the index...

Are LGBT Americans actually reaping the benefits of marriage?

For decades, researchers have studied the benefits of marriage, finding that married people are likely to be healthier, wealthier and wiser than their unmarried peers. But these studies reflected those who were allowed to marry. Only recently – when states started passing laws guaranteeing sam...

Teaching machines to understand – and summarize – text

Can artificial intelligence help us stop drowning in paperwork?Jiw Ingka/shutterstock.comWe humans are swamped with text. It’s not just news and other timely information: Regular people are drowning in legal documents. The problem is so bad we mostly ignore it. Every time a person uses a store...

Drew Faust and old, white men: The changing role of university presidents

If your perception of higher education is that it’s led by aging white males, you’re right. According to a report released this week by the American Council on Education (ACE), the average college president in 2016 was a 62-year-old married white male with a doctorate.One recent exceptio...

Why the latest wave of terrorism will get worse before it gets better

The latest attacks in London and Manchester – like last year’s attacks in Orlando, Florida and St. Cloud, Minnesota – epitomize what I call the newest form of terrorism.The newest terrorists aim to kill as many people as possible, as frequently as possible, as horrifically as possi...

Why cash remains sacred in American churches

Why do people need cash in churches?Billion Photos/ShutterstockOn Tuesday, June 27, it will be 50 years since the first automated cash dispenser – which came to be known as an automated teller machine (ATM) – was inaugurated in London.Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face. I ...

Even ugly animals can win hearts and dollars to save them from extinction

It can be easier to raise money to aid animals like these African elephants than species that are more threatened with extinction but get humans less excited. www.shutterstock.comThe Earth is home to millions of species, but you wouldn’t know it from the media’s obsession with only a few...

Government action isn't enough for climate change. The private sector can cut billions of tons of carbon

Businesses can make up for inaction on climate by government by investing in energy and fuel efficiency. Walmart/flickr, CC BY-SAWith President Trump’s announcement to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, many other countries around the world – and cities and states within ...

Business Briefing: following the money in cricket

Cricket Australia has been unable to broker a new pay deal with the Australian Cricketer's Association. EPA/DAVID JONESRather than just admiring a good hit or delivery, there’s another way to analyse what’s happening on a cricket pitch. Cricket players are actually business people, in th...

Marine Le Pen didn't win over women. Can anyone on the far right?

A Le Pen campaign rally in Villepinte, France on May 1, 2017. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauMarine Le Pen has gone from potentially being elected the first female president of France to barely keeping her party alive. In early May, Le Pen was one of two candidates to advance to the second round of the pres...

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IMPEACH TRUMP

IMPEACH TRUMP

That is the screech we’re about to hear emanating from the denizens of the swamp.  It is beginning to percolate already.  Though p...

Arab Leadership Quagmire:  Do They Need More Weapons or More Wisdom?

Arab Leadership Quagmire: Do They Need More Weapons or More Wisdom?

GCC Arab Leadership Puzzle Western political dinner tables spare not a day without hallow laughters about what the Arab leaders s...

American Spy-Master and Election Hacker Revealed

American Spy-Master and Election Hacker Revealed

For months we’ve heard endless reports concerning the supposed ties between the Trump campaign and the Darth Vader of the progress...

We Need More Special Counsels

We Need More Special Counsels

The original accusation, the underlying premise for the entire hissy fit  by the chronic sufferers of Trump Derangement Syndrome’s...