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    The 2015 Taxation Inquiry

    The 2015 Taxation Inquiry

    Governments have lots of inquiries: they sound good, are a good distraction, take a long time, and are rarely acted upon. The current government has continued the trend with the Commission of Audit, Workplace Relations Framework (Productivity Commission), Harper Competition Policy Review and others – all headed by eminent chairpersons. And now, a taxation debate […]

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    Food fight: Demand for quality food blurs lines between industries

    Australia’s insatiable demand for quality food has blurred the lines between food-services industries over the past five years. Operators across a range of food-services industries have sought to capitalise on trends towards premium dining, disregarding traditional business models. Over the past five years, many fast food operators have sought to expand their range of restaurant-quality […]

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    Taking cover: Private equity firms show interest in Australian vegetable growers

    The under-cover vegetable growing industry has remained sheltered from the erratic weather conditions of the past five years. As a result, international private equity firms have expressed interest in some of Australia’s major horticulture companies. Costa Group’s impending initial public offering (IPO) is the latest example of the trend. Vegetables grown under cover (i.e. in […]

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    Australia raises the stakes in the global grab for gambling dollars

    Three new mega-casinos set for launch in next five years Australian casino giants are placing all bets for revenue growth on gamblers from Asia, due to burgeoning wealth in Asian nations and a boom in spending by high-rolling gamblers. Australian casino industry revenue is tipped to grow by 10.3% between 2014-15 and 2019-20, to reach […]

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    Urbanisation spurs demand for Chinese cinema

    The cinema and movie production industries in China are benefiting from urbanisation and the rapid shifts in consumption trends that have come with the population’s continued migration from country to city. While rising urbanisation has spurred strong demand for construction and real estate services through the construction of housing and commercial hubs, city living has […]

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    Australian SMEs hold their own in times of consolidation

    Australian SMEs hold their own in times of consolidation

    IBISWorld examines the industries dominated by small and medium-sized enterprises. Size matters – and in business, scale matters. Scale often brings lower overheads and reduces the cost of production, which allows firms to improve their profit margins and expand operations. Although this is often a recipe for success, some businesses tend to flourish with smaller […]

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    Privatisation: What’s all the fuss about?

    Privatisation: What’s all the fuss about?

    Privatisation has been a bête noire for many voters and the Labor Party in recent times, particularly at state elections, including the dramatic Queensland election earlier this year. This seems odd given that over the past few decades, governments at federal, state and local levels have sold around $200 billion (in today’s money terms) in […]

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    Full tank: Sharp falls in oil prices due to oversupply have divergent effects

    After a long period of historically high oil prices, recent dramatic falls have significantly altered the cost structures of many industries across Australia. A global oversupply of oil, driven by strong production of American shale oil, has pushed oil prices lower. OPEC members, which produce over 40% of the world’s oil, have responded to this […]

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    Top 1000 Companies 2014

    Top 1000 Companies 2014

    IBISWorld’s 2014 Top 1000 Companies list is an overview of the country’s biggest firms, and provides an insight into the industries that have been making their mark on the Australian economy in 2014. IBISWorld’s 2014 Top 1000 Companies list provides an overview of Australia’s largest private, public and government organisations, ranked by revenue. During 2014, […]

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    An industry perspective

    An industry perspective

    Australians have a general idea that most jobs are in the service industries these days, yet often worry that the nation may suffer with the decline and loss of jobs in the traditional sectors. But it has long been that way, as the first chart reminds us. This chart shows the relative importance of industries […]