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  • Pollies Must Stop Playing the David vs Goliath Game

    The David and Goliath myth around small and big business might be fit for the melodrama of question time, but it simply doesn’t square with the reality of Australia’s dynamic export-driven economy, writes Jennifer Westacott. More

  • Funding Breakthrough for Schools in Need

    The destructive school funding wars have dominated the debate for too long, distracting from other important challenges facing our education system. More

  • Cynical Taxes Expose Lightweight Leadership

    With South Australia's new bank tax, Australia is becoming a laughing stock of global investment circles as erratic governments – state, territory and federal – carelessly undermine and chop and change the rules of doing business. More

  • Free the Private Sector to Fix the Power Problem

    If government were to finance or underwrite a new coal-fired power plant, it would further frighten private investors and force taxpayers to potentially bankroll a second, third or fourth power station, writes Grant King. More

  • The Social Compact Behind Globalisation is Failing

    Few corners of Australian society are being spared the impact of globalisation, yet those who are most vulnerable to our uncertain world economy are routinely missing from the conversation about how to manage it, writes Jennifer Westacott. More

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    Tax and Fiscal Policy

    The Business Council of Australia has long highlighted the economic necessity of a competitive tax system.

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    Innovation

    Australia needs to create an effective innovation system that will provide individuals and businesses with the capabilities and incentives to drive innovation.

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    People and Workplaces

    Australia needs a modern workplace relations system which enables enterprises to change their business models to meet these global challenges.

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    Skills and Education

    We must enhance Australian's skills and education, boost participation, and create an environment where people can innovate and be productive at work.

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    Infrastructure

    Better planning of infrastructure is needed to support growth, productivity and improved living standards.

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    Energy and Climate Change

    Energy policy must maximise competitive advantage via efficient markets and drive growth in exports, while managing emissions in line with global efforts.

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    Trade and Investment

    Trade and investment is critical to Australia’s ongoing prosperity. Business and government need to adopt a global outlook in everything they do.

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    Population and Cities

    Australia needs to commit to well-managed population growth in our cities and regions. How well we manage that pathway of population and growth will determine the quality and sustainability of our economy, our societies and our environment.

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    Business Regulation

    Poorly designed and administered regulation imposes significant costs on the community in terms of less consumer choice, higher prices, lower wages and reduced job creation

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    Budget

    Budget policy gives governments capacity to deliver the services and public investments that maximise community value today and into the future.

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    Community and Diversity

    Australian businesses have a role to play in fostering community wellbeing and promoting social and economic inclusion.

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    Federation

    A better functioning federation is the only way of making services more efficient and sustainable, while achieving better outcomes for the people who use them.

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    Health

    The Business Council of Australia advocates for a world-class, financially sustainable Australian health care system that increases life expectancy and quality of life.

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    Indigenous Engagement

    The Business Council of Australia believes business can help create the social and economic conditions in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can prosper and thrive.

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    Jobs

    Australia needs to undertake a suite of policy reforms to help us respond to disruption, grow our economy and ensure all Australians are equipped to work.

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    Retirement Incomes

    Australia’s retirement income system is based around the three pillars of superannuation, the age pension, and voluntary retirement savings.

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    Workplace Diversity

    Businesses want diverse workforces that reflect the community, as well as attract and retain the best and brightest from all backgrounds and circumstances.

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