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Crippling rural debt looms as biggest threat to our beef producers

Queensland beef producers are struggling.Flickr/Aardvark EthelWhat will happen now that the rains have come to many parched beef lands of Queensland? Current high cattle prices and renewed pastures suggest optimism, even good times. Perhaps reco...

Is Islamic banking more risky compared to conventional banking?

Research has found Islamic banks are less risky than conventional banks.www.shutterstock.comIslamic banks are less risky and more resilient than their counter parts in terms of bank capital requirement and mobilisation of deposits.Somewhat perve...

The backlash against open plan offices: segmented space

Open plan offices may seem like a good idea but research shows they have a negative effect on employees.www.shutterstock.comLooking back on the changes in office design over the past 30 years, it is easy to see why some employees feel as if they...

More scrutiny needed on commissions paid to life insurance advisers

Changes to life insurance commissions may reduce the incentive for advisers to churn customers through policies.www.shutterstock.comThe proposed changes to commissions for selling life insurance may just tip the system back in favour of the cust...

Business Briefing: what to do about low incomes

originalAustralia is facing an income recession warns economist Janine Dixon from Victoria University. To fend it off we need to increase different types of productivity.Income per capita, one way to measure living standards, is 3% below the pea...

Save or salvage: the real role administrators play in troubled businesses

Successful rescue of a company is the ideal rather than the reality.Image sourced from www.shutterstock.comNews that Australia’s third-largest pizza chain Eagle Boys has been placed in administration suggests a bleak future may lie ahead f...