History prepares Aussies for pink ball
The majority of Australia's players haven't had a pink-ball warm-up match ahead of the Adelaide Test, but their record under lights is the best in the world.Australian players have traditionally featured in a pink-ball Sheffield Shield round in weeks leading up to the day-night Test, aiding preparations.
Job seekers are set to have a hard time getting work next year, especially if they are creative.
Australia's economy is growing at a sluggish pace despite record-low interest rates and tax cuts of $1,080 for low and middle-income earners.
The Reserve Bank of Australia has advised people wanting a pay rise to switch jobs, as wages growth stagnates, but that career advice is easier said than done.
Asbestos, Que., will change name to escape association with deadly material
Municipal councillors and the mayor all agree that their town's name has got to go. Asbestos, Que., will change its name in 2020 and officials are inviting citizens to help find a new one — one that preferably isn't associated with a health hazard."There is really a negative perception around asbestos," Mayor Hugues Grimard told CBC News. "We have lost businesses that don't want to establish themselves here because of the name.
During the past year, the number of advertised jobs has plunged by 12.6 per cent, the ANZ bank revealed this week.
Jobs ads fell by 1.7 per cent in November, which followed a one per cent drop in October, even though the Reserve Bank during that month cut interest rates to a new record-low of 0.75 per cent.
Since May 2018, Australian job ads have plunged by almost 15 per cent.
This situation is even worse for architects.
The number of job ads for home designers plunged by 24.4 per cent in the year to October, employment website Seek data showed.
Advertising, arts and media jobs dived by 21.6 per cent, as engineering jobs fell 18.4 per cent.
In fact, jobs ads fell in 23 sectors and rose in just five.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg acknowledged there was uncertainty - blaming global factors.
Lack of national pre-school system 'has real implications on economy'
Shadow Early Childhood Education Minister Amanda Rishworth says “we need a national system of pre-school", otherwise children will fall behind and that has "real implications on our GDP and our economy".Early Childhood Australia and The Minderoo Foundation have released reports discussing the importance of the economic benefit and emphasised the need to invest in both pre-school and kindy.
'I'm just saying that right now, there's obviously some significant headwinds facing the economy,' he told the ABC's 7.30 program on Wednesday night.
'People are looking at the global environment, and there's no doubt there's some uncertainty there.'
Australia's economy grew by 1.4 per cent during the past financial year, the slowest pace since the global financial crisis a decade ago.
Annual growth ticked up to 1.7 per cent in September but this improved figure, unveiled on Wednesday, was still below the long-term average of 3.2 per cent since the 1991 recession.
Australia's unemployment rate rose marginally in October to 5.3 per cent.
Deliveroo has released data it says proves its riders value flexibility, as part of the company's push to change Australian workplace law
Deliveroo has released research from a survey it conducted which it says proves its riders value the flexibility the gig economy offers. It's part of a push from Deliveroo to reform Australian law to allow it to offer benefits to its contractors without classifying them as employees.According to a survey of 279 Australian Deliveroo contractors, conducted for the company by Censuswide, 49% of riders cited work/life balance as an important factor when considering what work to do, while benefits like sick pay was cited by 44% of riders. The most popular reason was fair compensation, which was cited by 56% of riders.
New South Wales, Australia's biggest state, had the lowest jobless rate of 4.8 per cent.
Nonetheless, the number of jobs advertised with Seek in NSW plunged by 14.5 per cent during the past year, which was steeper than the Northern Territory's 11.2 per cent decline, Victoria's 6.5 per cent fall and Queensland's 5.5 per cent drop.
Last month, the Reserve Bank's deputy governor Guy Debelle suggested workers could get a five per cent pay rise if they found a new job or gained a promotion - more than double the national average of 2.2 per cent.
'Promotions can be a key source of earnings growth for individuals,' he told the Australian Council of Social Service's national conference in Canberra.
'On average, a promotion leads to a five per cent boost in hourly wages, which is comparable to the wage rise a worker gets when switching firms.'
Morrison govt 'faces its biggest challenge' on the economy .
Sky News contributor Campbell Newman says the "biggest challenge" faced by the Morrison government, " is the "issue of the economy".It comes as the Australian will report the budget has been hit by a $30 billion writedown in government revenue.