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Driverless cars really do have health and safety benefits, if only people knew Driverless cars promise many benefits, including an improvement in safety, but new research shows many people are still not aware of this. A paper, co-authored by me and published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health,... Read article 5 July 2018The Conversation Read More
Small changes could make WA more ‘China-ready’ for tourists — Limited trading hours, internet access and language the biggest barriers — — Chinese tourists in WA generally younger, have more money to spend — Western Australia’s biggest spending tourism market – Chinese visitors – frequently suggested that extending retail... Read article 25 June 2018Media Releases Read More
Bosses deserve to be happy at work too – here’s how We intuitively know that a “happy worker is a good worker.” But what about their bosses? In the modern workplace, managers are accountable to several groups of people, from rank-and-file employees on one side, to chief executives and shareholders on... Read article 11 June 2018The Conversation Read More
Why rural Australia is facing a volunteer crisis The small town of Coorow is located in the wheat-belt region of Western Australia, about a three hours drive north of Perth. With a population of 400 people, the town funds many of its essential services and community facilities with... Read article 15 May 2018The Conversation Read More
Eight charts on our growing tax problem: what abandoning tax reform means for taxpayers As we move closer to Treasurer Scott Morrison’s third budget, what we do know is this – Australia has a revenue problem. A more global and digital economy; an ageing population with fewer taxpayers and sluggish wage growth make future... Read article 7 May 2018The Conversation Read More
Senate Inquiry Submission: The Future of Work and Workers BCEC researchers have focussed a great deal of their academic work in examining social and economic issues affecting the labour market and workforce in Australia. This submission brings together a new body of evidence based on recent research released in BCEC’s Focus on... Read article 27 April 2018Public Submissions Read More
Precarious employment is rising rapidly among men: new research Precarious employment is increasing over time, and it still remains higher for women than men in Australia. But over the last nine years it has increased far more rapidly among men. This is despite greater workforce participation and lower unemployment... Read article 13 April 2018The Conversation Read More
Precarious employment rising rapidly among men: research — Women fare better than men in employment opportunities — — Australians require new skills to thrive in workplaces of the future — Precarious employment over the last nine years has increased for both men and women, but more rapidly... Read article 12 April 2018Media Releases Read More
What governments can learn from Perth’s property market Governments can encourage more affordable housing by targeting first home buyer subsidies to specific locations and housing types, a new report finds. It also suggests incentivising developers and builders to create smaller houses with more cost-efficient designs. The report is based... Read article 27 March 2018The Conversation Read More
Future tense: how the language you speak influences your willingness to take climate action Does the language we speak influence how much we care about the environment? Our new research suggests that the answer is yes. Speakers of languages without a distinct future tense, such as Finnish, care more about the environment than speakers... Read article 9 March 2018The Conversation Read More
Using ‘she’ and ‘he’ reinforces gender roles and discrimination of women In the face of overwhelming evidence of gender discrimination and sexual harassment, should we really devote energy to changing how people speak? Surprisingly, an emerging body of research suggests we should. Gendered language – using “he” or “she” instead of... Read article 8 March 2018The Conversation Read More
Negative gearing reforms can save $1.7 billion, new research shows — Negative gearing reforms can work without hurting ‘mum and dad’ investors– — Existing discounts are skewed towards the more affluent – Reforming negative gearing can save the Australian Government more than $1.7 billion each year without hurting ‘mum and... Read article 7 March 2018Media Releases Read More