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Government debt in Australia unlikely to reduce in the next five years A report released today by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) found that government debt in Australia is unlikely to reduce in the next five years because of unrealistic estimates of output and revenue growth. Beyond the Bottom Line: Government... Read article 25 November 2015Media Releases Read More
Report finds older Western Australians happier, healthier A report released today by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), that addresses critical issues of population ageing in Western Australia, has found distinct differences between older people in Western Australia and the rest of Australia. Findings showed that on... Read article 18 November 2015Media Releases Read More
Misuse of pharmaceutical drugs in the workplace an ongoing trend Curtin University research has identified the industry and occupational groups in the Australian workforce that have a greater tendency to use legally-prescribed and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs for non-medical purposes. The study focused on whether any differences exist between workers in... Read article 5 October 2015 Read More
China: not the “be all and end all” for WA trade A report released today (Wednesday 16 September) by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) has emphasised the need to diversify Western Australia’s exports and widen our trading partnerships beyond China to maximise growth opportunities and strengthen WA’s economy. The Tiger,... Read article 16 September 2015Media Releases Read More
FactCheck Q&A: Are a lot of cafes and restaurants closing because of Sunday penalty rates? The Conversation is fact-checking claims made on Q&A, broadcast Mondays on the ABC at 9:35pm. Thank you to everyone who sent us quotes for checking. Viewers can request statements to be FactChecked via Twitter using hashtags #FactCheck and #QandA, on... Read article 17 August 2015The Conversation Read More
Australians less likely to survive home ownership than Britons Between 2001 and 2010 roughly 1.7 million Australians dropped out of home ownership and shifted back to renting. More than one-third did not return by 2010. These statistics, from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, reflect... Read article 2 August 2015The Conversation Read More
Report reveals WA has highest payroll tax in Australia A report released today (Wednesday 29 July) by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) reveals payroll tax, labour costs and wages to be the most significant cost pressures experienced by Western Australian businesses. The report uses this information to provide... Read article 28 July 2015Media Releases Read More
Leaders debate the GST Leaders debate the GST: what you need to know Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra; Alan Duncan, Curtin University; John Daley, Grattan Institute; Patricia Apps, University of Sydney, and Roger Wilkins, University of Melbourne State premiers and chief ministers meet Prime... Read article 22 July 2015The Conversation Read More
The real reasons negative gearing on housing should be phased out In recent weeks, there have been signs sentiment may be changing around the contentious policy of negative gearing. There are well-rehearsed arguments on both sides. Critics argue that the deduction of property losses from other sources of income (such as... Read article 23 June 2015The Conversation Read More
Australians are saving more, but are more comfortable with debt Alan Duncan, Curtin University and Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University Australians know that adequate savings can help provide for a rainy day, help a family put down a deposit on a home, or ensure a comfortable retirement. Debt also offers a... Read article 17 June 2015The Conversation Read More
Top households have 200 times the savings of the bottom A new report released today (Wednesday 17 June) by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) finds that the inequality in the distribution of household savings is considerably worse than the much talked about inequality in incomes. Beyond our Means? Household... Read article 17 June 2015Media Releases Read More
The facts on Australian housing affordability Housing affordability, high house prices and rents are attracting plenty of media attention right now. The latest figures on house prices, mortgages, number of first time buyers and so on are dissected by journalists and commentators as if this is... Read article 11 June 2015The Conversation Read More