News and interviews on Heather Ridout including trends, features, blogs and community conversations from an Australian business perspective.
Tuesday, 09 February 2010
Six months’ paid parental leave scheme approved by Opposition leader Tony Abbott.
Monday, 08 February 2010
Ai Group hits out at the Government’s proposed changes to the R&D tax concession, saying they would stifle innovation and place the country further behind other developed nations.
Thursday, 04 February 2010
The case is seen as important test of whether Fair Work will force employers to include provisions for compulsory arbitration in enterprise agreements.
Wednesday, 03 February 2010
Kraft shareholders have approved the proposed Cadbury takeover deal that will see the formation of the world's largest confectionary group.
Monday, 01 February 2010
The manufacturing sector recorded increased activity during January with increased demand for construction materials, transport equipment and coal products
Monday, 04 January 2010
Superannuation funds will face pressure to merge during the next year due to the impact of the financial crisis.
Following an outcry from business groups, the Productivity Commission has watered down this proposal in its final report released this morning.
Thursday, 03 December 2009
New South Wales premier Nathan Rees has said he may not hold his position by the end of the day, but intends to improve his performance despite the challenge.
Wednesday, 02 December 2009
Economists are tipping up to five interest rate rises in 2010 as Westpac has been heavily criticised by Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan after it increased mortgage rates by 45 basis points, despite the Reserve Bank only increasing the official cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.75% yesterday.
Tuesday, 01 December 2009
Investors' fears over mounting debt in Dubai have been exacerbated by an announcement from the state's government which says it is not responsible for the debts of Dubai World.
Wednesday, 04 November 2009
Telstra has reaffirmed its full-year cashflow guidance, with chief executive David Thodey saying the forecast remains despite challenging times.
Monday, 02 November 2009
Latest data shows manufacturing activity has continued to grow for a third consecutive month during October.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
AIG reveals a third of companies are planning to cut their training budgets in the next 12 months, as entrepreneurs fight to hang onto staff ahead of a new skills crisis.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
We are headed for a manufacturing catastrophe if the Australian dollar continues to appreciate, or remains high. It's about time we acknowledged the problem and found a way to address it.
The strong Australian dollar is a disaster for Australian manufacturing, and persistent credit restrictions are likely to depress engineering and construction for years.
Wednesday, 07 October 2009
While business groups criticise the Reserve Bank’s decision to increase the official cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.25%, economists tip the RBA will lift rates again in early November.
Monday, 05 October 2009
Rumours circulate that Telstra may put any deal regarding the separation of its wholesale and retail businesses to a shareholder vote.
Thursday, 01 October 2009
Manufacturing activity jumps to 21-month high, bringing hope for unemployment figures.
Monday, 21 September 2009
The AMWU has applied to Fair Work Australia to hold 43 secret ballots at Victorian workplaces, seeking to take legally-protected industrial action as a wave of workplace agreements come up for negotiation.
Thursday, 03 September 2009
Discount airline Virgin Blue has raised $98.3 million following the completion of the retail component of its non-renounceable entitlement offer.