The Industrial Relations in Europe report provides an overview of major trends and developments in the relationship between employers and trade unions across Europe. It combines factual information with in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis of current issues in industrial relations at company, sectoral, national and European level. The report has been published every two years . . . → Read More: Industrial relations in Europe 2010 (EU)
This UK report examines how vocational education for young people aged 14-19 could be improved in order to promote successful progression into the labour market and higher-level education and training routes. Many young people were on courses which led them into ‘dead-ends’. They were not being told the truth about the consequences of their choice . . . → Read More: Review of vocational education: The Wolf Report (UK)
With the Australian VET sector moving towards a more competitive model of provision, prospective students should have greater choice in where they study and what they study. A competitive market also means that VET providers should make available information about course outcomes. This report looks at the potential use of information from the Student Outcomes . . . → Read More: Measuring the quality of vocational education and training using the Student Outcomes Survey – NCVER
“Kevin Rudd’s apology to the stolen generations in 2008 was one of the most significant public rituals of Australia’s recent past. As with so many ritual events, the apology’s performative import depended on the convincing telling of a story – specifically the public history of family and kinship that Bain Attwood refers to as ‘the . . . → Read More: Race, reciprocity, reconciliation – Stolen children and the elementary structures of justice in Australia – Seminar
Hands up who remembers the public liability insurance “crisis” of the early 2000s? You should – it was the last time this country saw significant reforms made to its insurance laws and, whether you know it or not, it has affected you. The result of those reforms was a system much more heavily weighted in . . . → Read More: Insurance products need to evolve to cover all Australians – Online Opinion
This paper explores media reporting of the rising food costs in five Australian newspapers in the 12 month period from 1st September 2007 to 31st August 2008. This period encompassed a Federal election in which rising food costs were identified as an election issue and a national inquiry into grocery pricing established to honour . . . → Read More: Reporting of rising food costs in the Australian print media
A measure of society is how it sees its older people. In many other cultures, older people have an elevated status and respect. In the UK, over 65s are too often seen as frail, a burden or a drain on society’s resources. WRVS believe that older people make a huge contribution to our society, but . . . → Read More: Gold age pensions (UK)
It’s difficult to have a cool-headed debate about global warming. At a psychological level, the sheer scale of the issue – global, long-term, complex, threatening – tends to induce either paralysing despair or wilful ignorance. It doesn’t help that many protagonists in the debate, whether environmental NGOs or climate sceptics, bring with them all too . . . → Read More: Taking stock on climate
The new report Caring Places Volume 2 reports that the consequence of a national shortage of over 279,000 community and residential care places by 2050 will be an average deficit of 1,800 aged care places in every Commonwealth Electoral Division.
Last year Alzheimer’s Australia released the report Caring Places Volume 1 which looked at different . . . → Read More: Dementia is core business for aged care
CHOICE’s ongoing campaign to make the Australian banking sector more responsive to consumer needs reached a milestone today with the release of our Better Banking report, which will go to the Senate Committee on banking competition. Read the key recommendations of our report.
The 40-page report draws heavily on CHOICE member feedback as well as . . . → Read More: Better banking for consumers – CHOICE report released
Energy performance certificates, designed to inform home buyers and renters about a property’s energy efficiency, are largely being ignored, a new study has concluded. Almost 80% of home buyers or renters who see an energy performance certificate (EPC) for their new home don’t act on any of the recommendations it includes on how to improve . . . → Read More: Home energy performance certificates failing (UK)
This paper explores the reasons why employer partnerships are important for improving economic outcomes for both low-skill workers and businesses. It identifies the factors that have hindered the growth of these partnerships as well as promising approaches-incumbent worker training and sectoral training-to build partnerships. It concludes with a discussion of policy considerations for creating and . . . → Read More: Partnering with employers to promote job advancement for low-skill individuals (US)
In November 2010 the Parliamentary Library published a Background Note outlining operating and proposed emissions trading schemes around the world. Since that publication, there have been several new developments:
the proposed South Korean Emissions Trading Scheme will commence operations in 2015 instead of the 2013 date that had been speculated the legislation implementing the proposed . . . → Read More: Emissions trading – Some developments since late 2010