Labour markets and wages in Australia: 2008
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The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Journal of Industrial Relations, Volume 51, No. 3, June 2009, by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. Copyright © 2009 by IRSA.
The Australian economy in 2008 was one of contrasts: the resource based states continued to grow at relatively higher rates than the remainder; wage and employment outcomes varied widely for different groups in the labour force; and domestic climate change policies achieved prominence just as a global economic downturn lead to rapidly changing macroeconomic conditions. Within this rapidly changing context, ongoing concerns with labour utilization, wage equity and issues of compliance appear likely to grow in significance.
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