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What our politicians could learn about poverty from the first-hand experiences of economist Alfred Marshall. Have you heard of Alfred Marshall?

What our politicians could learn about poverty from the first-hand experiences of economist Alfred Marshall

He was an English economist (1842-1924) who changed the discipline of economics. He was the originator of the famous diagram that depicts "supply and demand" curves. His most famous student, John Maynard Keynes, eventually revolutionised economics in his own way, after the Great Depression of the 1930s. But it was Marshall's work habits that contributed to his stature as a towering figure of the profession. He did what most members of his profession rarely did: He obsessively travelled the countryside, visiting hundreds of factories and industrial towns, mines, dockyards, and steelworks, to talk to businessmen, managers, trade union leaders and workers to see for himself how the economy was evolving and how working conditions were changing over time.

The top five things this leading economist thinks will happen in 2021. Saying the year 2020 wasn't a great one for the economy is a bit of an understatement.

The top five things this leading economist thinks will happen in 2021

Shops shuttered, businesses were forced to close or, worse, go bust, and unemployment hit 1 million people as sectors like hospitality and tourism were decimated. Doughnut economics may have the answer to the dilemma between environment and economic growth.

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Retail. Shareholders win out over workers from corporate revenue windfall. Posted about 4 hours agoTue 12 Mar 2019, 7:38pm There will always be tension between workers and investors over who gets a greater share of the profit pie.

Shareholders win out over workers from corporate revenue windfall

Key points: Dividends to shareholders increased by around a third over the past year, while wages rose 2.3 per centThe Reserve Bank has called for greater productivity growth to boost wagesBusiness groups say higher wage rises could lead to fewer jobs Business groups have expressed concern after Labor said it would consider boosting the minimum wage to a "living wage" should it win the next election. The Coalition points out that wage growth is already off its recent lows, but it would like to see it rise faster. Households' living standards are still falling as GDP per capita heads for a recession. Analysis Updated 3 minutes agoSun 3 Mar 2019, 12:49am If there is one big thing that is keeping the economy from officially going backwards, it is population growth.

Households' living standards are still falling as GDP per capita heads for a recession

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Perth's rental market is surging, but a 'dampening blanket' lies over a wider housing recovery. Updated Fri at 1:49amFri 1 Feb 2019, 1:49am As property analysts debate whether Perth's housing downturn has reached its nadir, one part of the market is staging a quiet recovery.

Perth's rental market is surging, but a 'dampening blanket' lies over a wider housing recovery

Key points: A big drop in Perth's rental vacancy rate has surprised some prospective tenantsPerth's median rent last quarter was $350 per week, near its level of a decade agoTightened lending by the banks could limit further property gains, analysts say In just over 18 months, the rental vacancy rate in Perth has fallen from 7.3 per cent — its highest level on record — to 2.8 per cent, the lowest rate in almost six years. Australia's rich keep getting richer, with billionaires' wealth rising $160b in one year, says Oxfam. Updated about an hour agoTue 22 Jan 2019, 12:01am Australia's rich keep getting richer, with the top 1 per cent of Australians owning more wealth than the bottom 70 per cent combined.

Australia's rich keep getting richer, with billionaires' wealth rising $160b in one year, says Oxfam

Key points There has been another record increase in the number of billionaires in Australia — from 33 to 43The wealth of the world's billionaires increased by $900 billion in the past year alone, or $2.5 billion a dayOxfam wants the tax man to require companies to give detailed public reports about their tax affairs by country, and reinstate a women's budget A new report from Oxfam has found another record increase in the number of billionaires in Australia — from 33 to 43 — with their combined wealth climbing to almost $160 billion last year.

Oxfam said this equates to an increase of $100 million a day, or a total increase of $36 billion, and is enough to cover half the Federal Government's total health budget this financial year. Darwin pub staff allegedly told to ban 'blacks' and charge Aboriginal customers for water. Updated about an hour agoMon 21 Jan 2019, 11:25pm The owner of a well-known Darwin nightspot is facing claims he instructed staff to bar Indigenous people from his premises and that he owes thousands of dollars in unpaid wages to his employees.

Darwin pub staff allegedly told to ban 'blacks' and charge Aboriginal customers for water

Key points: Staff of Rorkes Beer Wine and Food have made claims about being owed thousands and racist treatment of Indigenous patronsSeveral staff have lodged complaints with the Fair Work commissionThe bar has been closed for days and the ABC understands 15 staff members have taken part in a mass walk-out Mitchell McNamee, the owner of Rorkes Beer, Wine and Food, in central Darwin, allegedly wrote to a senior staffer saying, "I told you no blacks in my f***ing bar". Hilton hotel chain among businesses cashing in on taxpayer-funded grants. Updated Wed at 2:29amWed 12 Dec 2018, 2:29am The Northern Territory Government is handing out $3 million of taxpayers' money to businesses including five-star hotel chains and luxury waterfront restaurants.

Hilton hotel chain among businesses cashing in on taxpayer-funded grants

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Banking. Real Estate. Small Business. Tourism. International. Regulatory issues. Taxation issues. Artisan and unusual. Power and fuels. Responsible business. Roger David will go out of business by December, 500 workers to lose jobs. Updated about 2 hours agoThu 15 Nov 2018, 12:46am.

Roger David will go out of business by December, 500 workers to lose jobs

Farmers welcome new weather radar to be built in Victoria's Wimmera region - ABC Rural - ABC News. Farmers say a new radar in north-west Victorian town of Rainbow will fill a gaping hole in the country's weather radar network. After years of campaigning, and two-and-a-half-years after initial funding announcement from State and Federal governments, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) revealed the slated location for the German-made doppler radar. RBA increasingly confident on economic growth, but still wary on household income and debt. Updated earlier today at 3:29amFri 9 Nov 2018, 3:29am Official interest rates look set to remain on hold as the Reserve Bank waits for the jobless rate to ebb further and inflation to move higher.

Key points: RBA now sees unemployment rate below 5pc in 2020 and has edged up GDP forecastHousehold debt and low wage growth remain key concernsOfficial interest rate likely to be on hold through next year In its quarterly statement on monetary policy released this morning, the central bank signalled it would cling to the record-low cash rate setting of 1.5 per cent despite saying the economy was "performing well".

"If that progress is made, higher interest rates are likely to be appropriate at some point," the statement said. "However, given the expected gradual nature of that progress, the board does not see a strong case to adjust the cash rate in the near term. " Cherry growers expect largest crop in Australia's history as export demand soars to new highs - ABC Rural - ABC News. Cherry producers across the country are on track for a bumper season, and early crop forecasts suggest this year's crop will reach new record highs, making it Australia's largest cherry crop in history.

Known as one of Australia's favourite Christmas fruits, consumers might see a higher supply than usual this year, but growers are setting their sights on increasing their export numbers considerably. Cherry Growers Australia president Tom Eastlake said all production areas were recording a good crop, ranging from a light to heavy crop depending on the region. The national record for the Australian cherry crop is about 15,000 tonnes.