Economic Policy Forum

The purpose of the blog is to provide a central source of information on the South Australian economy. In addition to providing updates on the latest economic data released for South Australia, the blog provides commentary on economic and social issues of relevance to South Australia and Australia, information on upcoming events, and insights into the latest research undertaken by SACES.

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Data Wrap - final demand growth slows to a standstill

In this edition of the Data Wrap we consider what today's National Accounts say about South Australia's recent macroeconomic performance, and review the latest statistical releases in respect of construction activity and retail sales.

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Small venues initiative provides economic boost and blueprint for undertaking reforms

The State Government's small license initiative has revitalised Adelaide's CBD, help change drinking culture, supported the creation of at least 1,250 jobs and provides a case study in how to cut through bureaucratic inertia, the first research report released on behalf of the SACES Independent Research Fund reveals.

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Data wrap – unemployment rises while wages growth remains weak

In today’s Data Wrap we review recent key statistical releases for the South Australian economy, including the latest results for the labour market, wages growth, business confidence and inflation for the local government sector.

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Report: Australia should learn from global hydrogen focus

Countries around the world are now making rapid advances in hydrogen energy technologies and strategy – and Australia has much to learn from their experience, according to the authors of a new report by the University of Adelaide.

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Data wrap – employment growth continues but building approvals remain weak

In today's Data Wrap we review the latest statistical releases for South Australia in respect of the labour market, job vacancies, retail trade, building approvals and house prices.

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Betting operations tax revenue options

Department of Treasury and Finance has released a report prepared by SACES regarding the revenue impacts of the Betting Operations Tax (BOT). 

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Judgement day for the Doctor

In the final episode of our series exploring the current and historical nature of regulation in South Australia, The Doctor makes her final defence against breaching the state’s shop trading laws.

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Global and national slow down affecting SA economy

In their latest Economic Briefing Report University of Adelaide economists from SACES are predicting that South Australia’s economic performance will continue to be affected by slowdowns round the country and overseas, as well as weakening employment growth and household spending.

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Taking on the system

In this week’s edition of our Dr Who series, The Doctor’s attempts to flout South Australia’s shop trading laws have finally caught up with her.

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Recent trends in South Australian manufacturing

In this excerpt, taken from the Centre’s upcoming June Economic Briefing Report, we briefly review recent sectoral trends in employment for the manufacturing industry

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What price eggs?

The Doctor uncovers the peculiar history of egg regulation in South Australia in the latest episode of our series which explores the laws and regulations that are confronting business and constraining the local economy.

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The shopping conundrum

In this week’s edition of our Dr Who series, The Doctor explores the never-ending saga of shopping regulation in South Australia.

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Business cost savings on state government contracts

South Australian businesses could save more than $20 million a year on tendering for State Government contracts if the procurement process was streamlined and improved, according to Visiting Research Fellow, Darryl Gobbett from the University of Adelaide’s South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES).

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Why should we pay for roads?

In this week’s edition of our current Dr Who series, The Doctor explores the historical context of rules and regulations in respect of South Australia’s roads.

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Skirting the regulations

If you missed the first episode of our Doctor Who series last week….The Doctor will appear on the SACES blog in coming weeks as we take a light-hearted but incisive look at the policies and politics of the past fifty years. So, sit back and enjoy the ride, and feel free to join the conversation with comments on the blog.

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Adelaide's golden mile

Who better to comment on SA’s regulatory environment? Doctor Who has been travelling through space and time for more than half a century since the start of the BBC television series of the same name in 1963. The much-loved Time Lord has had many guises, most recently played by Jodie Whittaker. 

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May 2019 Economic seminar and luncheon – rethinking strategies for growth

The South Australian Government has made a “promising” start to the micro-economic reform that will underpin economic growth, according to Steven Joyce, the author of a major report on the State’s public sector institutions and functions.

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Data wrap - employment levels improve as inflation slows

In today’s Data Wrap we review the latest statistical releases for South Australia in respect of the labour market, price inflation for the local government and household sectors, and wages growth.

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Better working conditions delay retirement, but tiredness after work remains a major obstacle to working in later life

Extending the working lives of Australians has long been discussed but two studies involving the SA Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) have produced some interesting European perspectives on the subject.

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Drop the dole bludger tag, increase newstart

The unemployment benefit, Newstart, has not increased in real terms since 1994, nearly 25 years ago. But the genesis of this entrenched inequity occurred two decades earlier when Victorian (Liberal) Premier, Rupert Hamer, urged governments to “tighten controls against bludgers on unemployment benefit”.

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Data wrap - jobs growth insufficient to bring down unemployment

The South Australian economy added about 1,100 jobs in March1, according to ABS Labour Force Survey data released today. However this rise was only sufficient to keep pace with growth in the working age population. As a consequence the state’s trend unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.9 per cent for the fourth consecutive month.

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Data wrap – sluggish retail sales as job vacancies decline

In this edition of the South Australian Data Wrap we review the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases in respect of retail sales, overseas exports of goods, building approvals and job vacancies.

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Unemployment remains steady as population loss from interstate migration abates

Labour market performance, population growth, house prices, and business and consumer confidence are all featured in our latest review of South Australian economic data releases.

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Social and economic costs of alcohol in the NT

The costs of alcohol to the Australian community from alcohol misuse are substantial, nowhere more so than in the Northern Territory, where per capital alcohol sales are well above the Australian average.

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Independent review of the South Australian GM food crop moratorium

A moratorium on the production and transportation of genetically modified (GM) food crops in South Australia has been in place since 2013, and is currently scheduled to continue to 2025.

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Data wrap - final demand moderates amidst a cooling national economy

In the Data Wrap we review yesterday’s quarterly National Accounts which provides one of the most comprehensive insights into the recent macroeconomic performance of the state and national economies. We also consider the first retail sales estimates for 2019.

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Data wrap - more signs that building activity is easing

In this edition of the Data Wrap for South Australia we cover the latest data on building approvals and construction activity which point to easing conditions in the construction sector, while recent estimates of business investment provide some positive signs for the state economy.

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Data warp - another disappointing jobs market report in spite of improved business confidence

In this edition of the Data Wrap we find a silver lining in another round of disappointing labour market figures, a familiar story regarding wages growth, and positive news on business confidence in South Australia. The latest inflation outcomes for local government are also considered.

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A decade on, the same story on the Murray-Darling Basin

A decade ago the eminent Australian water scientist, the late Peter Cullen, lamented the declining technical expertise in water management in government agencies while highlighting the need for good science to underpin decision-making about the nation’s water resources.

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New SACES fund boosts relevant research

The SA Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) will further strengthen its contribution to public policy development in South Australia with the establishment of the Independent Research Fund (IRF).

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Economics survey points to bleaker times post-election

The Australian economy will remain healthy for long enough to enable the government to claim it as a strength in the lead-up to the May election, but the first Conversation Economic Survey points to a fairly flat outlook beyond that, with a 25% chance of a recession in the next two years.

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