Posts Tagged ‘ keating government ’

New York trip an escape from the house of horrors

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The Liberal leadership saga has overshadowed growing unrest within the Government over industrial relations, which the Prime Minister will again avoid this week. Some backbenchers fear Julia Gillard’s proposed industrial relations legislation is too similar to Work Choices. Last Tuesday, while Brendan Nelson was being dumped, New South Wales senator Steve Hutchins was telling a restive Labor caucus that the legislation was “Work Choices lite”.

The balancing act we had to have

Sep 5th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The question we want answered is whether the growth slowdown under way will be another mid-cycle correction as in 1996 and 2001, or alternatively the long-predicted business cycle recession, last seen 17 years ago in the recession we had to have? Unfortunately corrections and recessions can look similar in their initial stages.