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Governments haven’t always shirked responsibility for our low wages – The Conversation

Post-war Australia experienced a boom with full employment and falling inequality. State Library of Queensland Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne For the last four years or so average wages in Australia have barely kept pace with inflation, meaning no real … Continue reading

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RRR Uncommon Sense interview on full employment

I was interviewed by Amy Mullins on Uncommon Sense following the publication of my report on the history of unemployment in Australia. The interview is about 40 minutes long which allowed us to really delve into the topic of unemployment. … Continue reading

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Report launch: Unemployment policy in Australia: a brief history

This report was launched at a post-budget event where I was on a discussion panel with Wayne Swan, Stephen Koukoulas and Emma Dawson on May 16. You can listen to a podcast of the event. Executive Summary Maintaining full employment … Continue reading

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TV interview on ABC News 24

I was interviewed by Fauziah Ibrahim on ABC News 24’s evening program. The segment was looking at how prepared Australia is for the coming robotics and artificial intelligence revolution.

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Malcolm Turnbull and the distraction of economic growth – Independent Australia

If we stop obsessing about economic growth and focus directly on our social aims then economic growth will take care of itself, writes economist Warwick Smith. First published at Independent Australia WHY ARE WE so consumed by the pursuit of economic … Continue reading

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The war on waged labour – The Monthly

This piece published today at The Monthly online. The war on waged labour Penalty rates are under threat. What is at stake? By Warwick Smith – Monday, 9th March 2015 Despite being haunted by the spectre of WorkChoices, the campaign by the … Continue reading

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Hockey’s G20 plan says economic growth is more important than a civilized and humane world

By Warwick Smith Punishing the unemployed in Australia for the lack of available jobs is not enough, Joe Hockey wants all of the G20 countries to adopt his cruel policies. The Australian Government’s growth strategy prepared for this month’s G20 … Continue reading

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