Business & Economy

A healthier structural deficit: taking the temperature on healthcare

Yesterday we released the ‘Solving the Structural Deficit’ report which is our contribution to the public conversation about creating a strong and sustainable Australia. It’s not just for now, but…

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Structural deficit reform: growing Australia without borrowing from the future

Australia is in its eighth year of substantial and unsustainable fiscal deficit. To be sure, this is partly due to the GFC and governments’ additional spending in response to this.…

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The future of work: are employees an endangered species?

There’s a cultural shift we need to embrace as a nation, in order to prepare for the future of work. Employees are not an endangered species…what is endangered is the…

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Business cost competitiveness: Australian policymakers must play to our strengths

We often hear that Australia’s economy is struggling because of high costs in this country, making us uncompetitive internationally. But a new KPMG report sheds more light on this narrative.…

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Succession planning in family business: If only I’d known then what I know now

Looking back 10 years on one’s life, relationships, career successes and failures, it is interesting to see to what extent the goals and aims you set out to achieve have…

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Domestic producers to global competitors: manufacturing is alive and well in Western Sydney

Western Sydney companies are reinventing themselves from domestic producers in a small market to become globally competitive businesses. A number of themes are evident among these businesses; the need to…

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Leap Year Boost for Federal Government – a $1bn windfall to tax coffers

Who needs tax reform when you have the Gregorian Calendar? Says KPMG Chief Economist Brendan Rynne.

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Confronting Australia’s productivity crisis: are we still a clever country?

Here’s a confronting reality. In the world’s advanced countries productivity growth has slowed to such an extent over the last decade and a half that genuine fears are being held…

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Sunny M&A outlook undimmed by stock market clouds

The story of the first few weeks of 2016 has been one of stock market turmoil around the globe. So surely this has had a detrimental effect on corporate finance…

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‘Cow share’ and ‘impossible foods’, disrupting agribusiness from the ground up

Disruption is occurring across countless sectors, with agribusiness no exception. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have now discovered (and are loving) the immense potential to revolutionise agriculture.

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2016: The year of generational change

At the beginning of every year everyone wants to know what will be the trends. In 2016, Bernard Salt is taking a generational view.

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North America – a rich source of investors for Australian equities

It probably won’t come as a surprise to many that as at the end of 2014, 50 percent of the $US74 trillion of assets under management for the global fund…

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Everything I know about consulting I learned from my permaculture garden

My suburban backyard, seven kilometres from the city, is my weekend urban farm. Runner beans climb the boundaries and the peach tree is laden with fuzzy walnut-sized baubles of promise.

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