2012 Opinion Articles
Productivity Lift Overdue

The Australian Financial Review 28 June 2012 By Jennifer Westacott Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia After two decades of remarkable economic growth fuelled by fundamental reforms from successive governments, Australia is a beacon of economic resilience and prosperity in...

Asia Pacific Has to Be in Focus

The Age 19 June 2012 By Tony Shepherd President, Business Council of Australia If Australian businesses are to create wealth and generate new jobs now and in the future, then we must be internationally competitive. Governments have a key role...

Capital Investments Will Grow Our Economy

Herald Sun 8 June 2012 By Tony Shepherd President, Business Council of Australia If Australia is able to deliver on an unprecedented $921 billion pipeline of major capital investment projects, we will transform our cities and regions for the better....

Change of Policy Must Benefit All Businesses

The Daily Telegraph 27 March 2012 By Tony Shepherd President, Business Council of Australia The current debate in Canberra about which sector of Australian business, large or small, most needs or deserves a tax cut is dangerously misleading. What we...

Tough Decisions Pay off in the Long Term

Herald Sun 15 February 2012 By Tony Shepherd President, Business Council of Australia Victorians are understandably concerned at growing job losses, particularly those workers and families directly affected. Adding to the anxiety are predictions by some of more pain to...

Job Flexibility Tops the List for Staff and Bosses

Herald Sun 11 February 2012 By Tony Shepherd President, Business Council of Australia Australia’s economy may be facing a rough period in 2012, but the changing nature of our job market should be a cause for optimism. A bigger proportion...

Aboriginal Jobs Push Here to Stay

The Australian Financial Review 8 February 2012 By Tony Shepherd President, Business Council of Australia Creative initiatives by Australia’s largest businesses are having an increasingly significant impact in supporting Indigenous employment and economic development. The release this week of a...

We Need to Talk about Refurbishing All Our Safety Nets

The Australian 23 January 2012 By Jennifer Westacott Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia Late last year an extract of a speech I gave for the Brotherhood of St Laurence was published in The Australian. Its theme was sharing prosperity...

Tough Talk Needed to Plan Equal Future for All

Herald Sun By Jennifer WestacottChief Executive, Business Council of Australia This time of year can be joyous, but for many families it is also stressful and reinforces how stark the contrast is between the haves and the have-nots. I know....

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