There's been a debate about productivity in Australia. The big end of town wants to make it easier to cut wages and sack workers (even though the top ecehelons of business have been getting 20% a year increases in remuneration for 2 decades now). Other, more thoughtful observers point to other factors.
Ross Gittins of The Age/Sydney Morning Herald has this to say:
The debate over our seemingly weak productivity performance has come full circle, reverting to the explanation the big end of town was happy to accept under John Howard: almost all the weakness is explained by the special circumstances of the mining and utilities industries, which are nothing to worry about.
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