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David Peetz

David Peetz

Professor of Employment Relations, Griffith University

David Peetz is Professor of Employment Relations at Griffith University, where he has worked for over a decade. He previously worked at the Australian National University and in the then Commonwealth Department of Industrial Relations, spending over five years in its Senior Executive Service. He has been a consultant for the International Labour Organisation in Thailand, Malaysia and China, and undertaken work for unions, employers and governments of both political persuasions. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Chance for genuine industrial relations reform thrown under the omnibus

Dec 17, 2020 11:50 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

When Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the formation of five working groups of employers, unions and government officials in June 2020, he signalled an unexpected twist to industrial relations reform. Some...

What if we measured the thing that matters most: "carbon productivity"

Oct 26, 2019 08:14 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology Economy

Ask any economist a question, and you will usually get the answer: productivity. The winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics, Paul Krugman, set the standard in 1994: Productivity isnt everything, but, in the...

There's an obvious reason wages aren't growing, but you won't hear it from Treasury or the Reserve Bank

Sep 10, 2019 20:39 pm UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks

Wages growth for Australian workers is among the worst in the industrialised world. For more than a third of workers on individual contracts, wages arent growing at all. This is odd, given Australia is in a record 28th...

What the stoush between the federal government and the CFMMEU is really about (spoiler: there's an election coming)

Sep 24, 2018 06:30 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Since Malcolm Turnbull was ousted as prime minister, we have seen a renewed focus by the federal government on targeting union officials. The latest, and also most enduring, target is the Construction, Forestry,...

Finance drives everything — including your insecurity at work

Aug 14, 2018 04:23 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

Theres a common link between the many things that have promoted insecurity at work: the growth of franchising; labour hire; contracting out; spin-off firms; outsourcing; global supply chains; the gig economy; and so on....

The government is belatedly backing the penalty rates cut it always wanted

Mar 27, 2017 09:11 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

Its impossible for the government to substantially ease the hardship for workers from the Fair Work Commissions decision to cut some penalty rates as the governments submission into its implementation illustrates. Nor can...

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Economy

Imported commercial vehicle sales in S. Korea rise 15% in January

Sales of imported commercial vehicles in South Korea rose 15 percent to 436 units last month from 379 the year before, according to the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association (KAIDA). The increased...

S. Korea's 5G users up by 1.02 million in January

South Korea registered 12.87 million 5G subscriptions as of end-January, up 1.02 million from the previous month, according to the data from the Ministry of Science and ICT. It was the first time for the increase in 5G...

Mitsubishi to pull out of $2 billion coal project in Vietnam

Mitsubishi Corp. will pull out of the $2 billion, 2-gigawatt Vinh Tan 3 power plant project in Vietnam as it shifts away from carbon-intensive businesses in the face of climate change. The Vinh Tan 3 project is located...

Japan leans on Asian LNG production to lower purchase costs

Japan will support Asian countries liquefied natural gas (LNG) production for use in power generation in the hope of reducing procurement costs for the energy source. The efforts to lower purchasing costs and ensure...

Biden addressing computer chip shortage via executive order

US President Joe Biden will sign an executive order addressing a global semiconductor chip shortage that has forced US automakers and other manufacturers to cut production. Biden will also discuss the chip shortage...

Politics

Joe Biden addresses the emergency use authorization of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Two COVID-19 vaccines are already being widely distributed to Americans all over the country and now a third vaccine may be on the way. President Joe Biden addressed the authorization of the Johnson Johnson vaccine while...

Nancy Pelosi rips into Mitch McConnell for criticizing Capitol riots commission

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi previously announced plans to establish an independent, 9/11-type commission to investigate the Capitol riots. Pelosi recently pushed back against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnells...

Kamala Harris talks about the future of spaceflight with NASA Astronaut Victor Glover

Vice President Kamala Harris made history as the first Black, first South Asian, and the first woman to become the countrys vice president. This week, Harris spoke with NASA astronaut Victor Glover over spaceflight and...

Donald Trump attacks Joe Biden and Republican critics during address at CPAC

Former President Donald Trump made his first public appearance since leaving the White House as a speaker on the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference. Upon taking center stage, Trump blasted his GOP...

Science

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

Wood is an ancient material humans have been using for millions of years, for the construction of housing, ships and as a source of fuel for burning. Its also a renewable source, and one way to capture excess carbon...

Pigs can play video games, scientists discover

Pigs might not be able to fly, but they can play video games. In a new study, researchers from Purdue University in Indiana, US have shown that pigs can use a digital screen and joystick, operated by their snout, to move a...

Einsteinium: 100 years after Einstein's Nobel Prize, researchers reveal chemical secrets of element that bears his name

A century ago, an upstart German physicist by the name of Albert Einstein turned the scientific world on its head with his discovery of the photoelectric effect, which proved light to be both a particle and a wave. Awarded...

New CRISPR technology could revolutionise gene therapy, offering new hope to people with genetic diseases

The day a muddled mob stormed the US Capitol building, a team of American researchers published a paper in Nature that signified a landmark in gene therapy. The head of the US National Institutes of Health, Francis...

In the rush for coronavirus information, unreviewed scientific papers are being publicized

COVID-19 has not only upended our personal lives, it has dramatically changed scientific research. In response to the rapid spread of the virus, scientists around the world have had to find new ways to collaborate and...

Technology

‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ and ‘Pokémon Diamond and Pearl’ remake add to franchise's 25th-anniversary offerings

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Pokémon, and the franchise is not holding back with the celebrations. Two upcoming games Pokémon Legends: Arceus and the remake of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl ...

‘Starfield’ leak that turned out to be fake doesn’t stop speculations of looming release date announcement

Starfield has been in the news lately, and most recently, it was because of an alleged in-development screenshot that leaked online. However, the photo was later identified as fake. Latest Starfield turned out to be...

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ amiibo cards featuring Sanrio characters launches March 26

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting new villagers this month, and they not just any characters as well. Nintendo recently announced the Sanrio collaboration pack that will launch later this month. Animal Crossing:...

Where to find PS5 consoles in March?

For many video game fans, the journey of getting a PlayStation 5 console continues nearly four months since it launched last November. The good news is several sources indicate that console drops can be expected throughout...
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