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SME's and young workers face significant COVID-19 lockdown challenges

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Nearly a quarter of jobs in South Australia are in sectors such as hospitality, transport, and retail trade which are not suited to working from home and have been hard hit during the pandemic. As a consequence, the young, less educated and casual employees are particularly vulnerable during the current crisis. There is a need for the Federal Government to re-examine the JobKeeper program to ensure that it best suits the coming emergent economy.

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How COVID-19 may impact employers and employees in the longer term

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In today’s article, Darryl Gobbett, Research Fellow of SACES, identifies some key issues that employers, the self-employed and employees may encounter as the Australian economy emerges from the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Expect problem gambling to worsen under reforms

Gambling

Giving gamblers ready access to cash and allowing electronic gaming machines to accept banknotes will only worsen the situation for problem gamblers in South Australia.

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Land tax debate: wholesale reform needed

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A new report from University of Adelaide economists argues that the South Australian Government should consider wholesale reform to land tax.

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Does South Australia have an unemployment problem?

Labour

In this post we examine the veracity of the view that the recent increase in South Australia’s unemployment rate is due to increased numbers of people looking for work as workers’ confidence in the South Australian economy has increased.

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Judgement day for the Doctor

judgement

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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Taking on the system

justice

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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What price eggs?

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

Shop sign

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

Local government price index

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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