Category: From the Founder

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Report Card on Company Profitability in 2015

Report Card on Company Profitability in 2015

When looking at the profitability of the nation’s largest companies, as IBISWorld does each year, the picture can be worrying. In its latest analysis of the 1,467 large companies that…
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The Importance of Industry Life Cycles

The Importance of Industry Life Cycles

Industries run in long cycles, whether they are measured at the aggregate level (industry division) or the enterprise level (industry class). Surprisingly, the length of these cycles remains much the…
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Restoring Full Employment

Restoring Full Employment

Unemployment can be soul destroying, especially for those responsible for a complete household’s welfare. In the 20th century, governments finally took responsibility for those without a job. The dole was…
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National Leadership

National Leadership

Fifteen years into the new century, it is hard to find good leadership in many of the world’s 230 nations. It’s just as scarce among the 34 largely developed economies…
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We always need innovation, but what, where and how?

We always need innovation, but what, where and how?

Nations need innovation to grow, improve efficiency, and raise their standard of living and happiness. But innovation is a catch-all term with many facets. We often think of innovation as…
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Outlook 2016

Outlook 2016

2016 looks likely to be a better year than the one just closed, partly due to the recent FTA with China and the coming Transpacific Partnership agreement. The low Australian…
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What Australia is Worth

What Australia is Worth

Australia’s total resources in mid-2015 were estimated to be worth $13.5 trillion, over eight times our GDP in 2014-15. After allowing for foreign liabilities of $3.0 trillion, our net assets…
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Social diversity in our economy

Social diversity in our economy

The economy, industries and businesses of a nation thrive on diversity; without it comes stagnation. We have a very diverse economy with 509 industries, hundreds of thousands of categories of…
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Where the jobs and money are

Where the jobs and money are

Over the past five years through June this year, the nation created eight times more jobs than it lost. So much for the doomsayers who keep telling us we are…
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Knowing Where We Stand in Our Region

Knowing Where We Stand in Our Region

We need to develop more perspective and vision regarding the world outside our own country – a fast-emerging borderless world. Thanks to many developments over the past half century, we…
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