Organic, free-range, fairtrade or vegan: how ethical consumption got so selective

An activist with the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals spruiks veganism in Sydney’s central shopping district.Nikki Short/AAP Are you an organic shopper? Into fairtrade? A greenhouse gas warrior? All about free-range and animal welfare? Even if you said yes to all...

It’s time to put the 15-hour work week back on the agenda

In 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted a 15-hour work week – working three hours a day – within a few generations. Shutterstock A strange thing happened on the way to the leisure society. It was once widely anticipated that the process which saw the standard working...

The government can restrain electricity prices without threatening to break up power companies. Its adviser says so

Victoria’s Loy Yang brown coal power station at night. Breaking up generation companies might do little to bring prices down.  Shutterstock Who wouldn’t want cheaper power? And who wouldn’t enjoy a bit of a stoush between the big bad generators and the government, trying to break...

Considerations to Make When Buying Insurance for Your Business

Finding insurance coverage, in general, is one step above having teeth pulled. However, it is a necessary evil, and in the face of catastrophe, can be a saving grace. The potential problems that can occur if not having insurance is almost motivation itself to...

Fresh thinking: the carbon tax that would leave households better off

The UNSW climate dividend proposal was launched on Wednesday by the Member for Wentworth Kerryn Phelps.Shutterstock Yesterday, as part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality, we release a study entitled A Climate Dividend for Australians that offers a practical solution to the twin problems...

7 Smart Ways For An Eco-Friendly Business

Business going green is the hottest trend we have today. If before, all that matters is the revenue and fame your company gets, all changed after many realized just how bad is the condition of the Earth now. By greening your business, you can...

Renters Beware: how the pension and super could leave you behind

Super and the pension treat most retirees well, but not renters.  Shutterstock How we fund retirement in an ageing century ought to worry all of us. But one group of us should be much more worried than the rest. In a new set of research briefs published by...

Talk of the Town – 5 Secrets to Building a Powerful Brand for Your Business

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A powerful brand is essential when you’re building your business. A strong brand is consistent, tells the world about your company mission and values, and is easily recognizable whenever a customer sees it. One of your first steps as a business owner should be...

Expecting autistic people to ‘fit in’ is cruel and unproductive; value us for our strengths

It takes all sorts: workplaces can harness as strengths the differences that usually disadvantage people with autism. Shutterstock Just 16% of adults with autism are in full-time paid employment, and this situation is not improving. The Economist has described this as “a tragic toll, as millions...

Supermarkets are not milking dairy farmers dry: the myth that obscures the real problem

Calls to boycott supermarket-branded milk only put greater pressure on the dairy farmers who supply it. AAP Image/Mal Fairclough Australia’s federal agriculture minister, David Littleproud, has called for a boycott of supermarket-branded milk. He is angry about lack of support for a “milk levy” of 10...