economic, business & industrial relations
2014

2014-667P 15Dec14  Tesla car price will floor you.
Went with article on the expensive new Tesla electric cars.

2014-652 9Dec14  Banking sector animal farm.
Plans to increase regulation of the Australian banking sector.

2014-610 12Nov14  Warning the ANZ customers about Timbercorp.
The ANZ bank's failure to warn it's customers about the risks of investing in Timbercorp which saw some ANZ customers lose their life savings.

2014-602 10Nov14 Housing market forces expressed as boats.
First home buyers being squeezed out of the property market due to the advantages rental property investors have over first home buyers such as negative gearing and low capital gains tax.

2014-592 6Nov14  IKEA flat packs.
IKEA's Australian operation paid almost no tax while turning over billions of dollars in sales.

2014-551 17Oct14  Coles wholesale prices are down campaign.
The aggressive pressure Coles buyers put on their suppliers to get the lowest price.

2014-513 30Sept14  Apple tax payment logo.
Apple using there status as a global business to pay much less corporate tax than most other companies.

2014-492 19Sept14 Less damaging NBN connection.
Drawn in response to widespread complaints about damage caused to buildings by National Broadband Network contractors when installing NBN connections.

2014-486 17Sept14  NBN rollout fairytale.
Major delays in the rollout of the Australian National Broadband Network.

2014-460 5Sept14  The mining industry today.
The scrapping of the mining tax tied to the cancelling of the planned increase in compulsory superannuation contributions.

2014-416P 29July14  Job seeker handing out resumes.
Went with article on the new work for the dole regulation that require job seekers to apply for forty jobs a month.
2014-415 29July14  The jobs pool - the work for the dole requirements.
The draconian and unrealistic new work for the dole regulations at odd with the available work opportunities.

2014-387 15July14 Financial planning advice today applied to the three little pigs.
Poor practices in the financial planning industry favours the financial planners at the expense of their clients.

2014-378 11July14  The young angry elephant in the corner.
General unemployment  figures masking the much higher youth unemployment figures.

2014-360 3June15  Commonwealth Bank elephant in the corner.
Commonwealth Bank customers' large financial loses due to financial planning mismanagement by the bank.

2014-338P  24June14  Australia Post postponed.
Went with article on plans to cut Australia Post deliveries to three days a week.

2014-333 21June14  NBN timeline rollout.
National Broadband Rollout delays.

2014-311 13June14  Young person seeking work today.
High youth unemployment and the scrapping of unemployment benefits for people under 25 making life very difficult for young people.

2014-309 12June14  Supermarket supply chain colonialism.
The tight control Australian supermarkets have on their supply chains making life very difficult of their suppliers.
2014-303 8June14  Abbott's All Things Bright  and Beautiful.
Massive increases in university fees by the Abbott government making it increasingly difficult for poor people to go to university. 
2014-304 10June14 The ABC funding logo.
Budget cuts to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
2014-289 2June14 Feeling a little drained.
$7 Medicare co-payment.
2014-281 28May14  The new safety net for young people.
The scrapping of unemployment benefits for under twenty five year olds.
2014-279  27May14  Young people work stepping stones.
The abolition of the unemployment benefits for people under twenty five will make it very hard for young school leavers to transition into the workforce.
2014-276 26May14  Window shopping this May.
Record warm weather in late Autumn has resulted in slow winter clothing sales.
2014-250P 13May14  The hurt locker two.
Went with article on the budget night lockup.
2014-249 13May14 Sharing the budget pain.
The federal budget hitting low income earners much harder than the wealthy. 

2014-240 9May14  The youth paradox.
The raising of the retirement age to seventy while at the same time youth unemployment is rising.
2014-237 8May14  Incendiary devices.
The Federal government plans to raise the excise on fuel.
2014-233  6May14  Industrial relations warming.
Abbott's move to have the minimum wage reduced.
2014-227 2may14 The debt levy truck.
The Federal Government's plan to impose a debt tax levy while at the same time ditching the mining tax.
2014-216 28April14  Saving for your retirement.
Excessive superannuation funds administration fees eating into people's superannuation savings.
2014-182 2April14  The Australian jobs that are going offshore.
Social comment on Philip Morris' announcement that part of its manufacturing operation will be moved offshore.
2014-146 17Mar14  The different types of restrictive red tape.
Pointing out that there can be positive reasons for some restrictive bureaucratic red tape.
2014-130 7Mar14  The Apple tax contribution logo.
Apple Computer's tax avoidance scheme has enabled them to shift nine billion in profit offshore.
2014-118 28Feb14  Staggering loses.
Big job loses at Ford, Qantas, Alcoa and Holden.
2014-112 26Feb14  Roo shooters.
Alan Joyce, the CEO of Qantas, seemingly intent on the destruction of Qantas.
2014-111P 25Feb14  Qantas flight attendant's safety demonstration.
Went with article about major job losses at Qantas.
2014-100 21Feb14  Wages growth.
Recent calls to curb wages growth seem to ignore that the greatest growth has been amongst executive salaries.
2014-094 19Feb14 Could you hold the exit door.
Alcoa Australia shutting down a number of its factories not that long after receiving a fifty million dollar grant from the government.
2014-092 18Feb14  The "long" in Geelong.
Massive job losses led by the closures of Ford and Alcoa increasing the number of unemployed in the city.
2014-085 14Feb14  Throwing lifelines to Ardmona SPC.
The different responses from the State and Federal governments to Ardmona SPC's economic plight.

2014-078 12Feb14  Job creation recipe.
Job creation schemes can ignore the pain redundant workers have to go through to retrain, especially when all they wanted was to hang onto their old job.

2014-074 11Feb14  Buying an Australian made car in the future.
Another look at the end of the Australian car industry.
2014-073 11Feb14  The funeral cortege.
The end of the Australian car industry.
2014-052 31Jan14  SPC Ardmona government stand.
The Federal government's rejection of an assistance package to help SPC Ardmona survive.
2014-048 30Jan14 Consumer choice today.
Very limited choice for consumes wanting to buy Australian made products.
2014-034 22Jan14  Future post boxes.
Australia Post considering charging people for daily postal deliveries.
2014-033 21Jan14  Welfare distribution today.
Drawn in response to the Australian government's plans to rein in welfare spending while seeming to ignore targeted middleclass welfare expenditure.
2014-006 7Jan14  Australia Post privatisation dog.
Plans to privatise Australia Post.
2014-005P 6Jan14  How much will I lose?
Went with article on people rashly signing gym contracts that leave them hundreds of dollars out of pocket.
2013-709 6Jan14  Manufacturing industry policy soap box.
Politicians failing to address the problem of cheap imported goods destroying Australia's manufacturing industry.