The Economic and Labour Relations Review : ELRR

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 1, June

Market-Oriented Reform in the Australian Electricity Industry
Introduction From World War II until the early 1980s, electricity in Australia was provided by public monopolies owned primarily by state governments, and operated as statutory authorities. Although the arrangements differed in their details, the...
No Case to Answer: Productivity Performance of the Australian Construction Industry
1. Introduction This article examines the productivity performance of the Australian construction industry and identifies some of the key factors affecting productivity growth. It also evaluates the recent Productivity Commission (1999) report on...
Placing Peak Union Purpose and Power: The Origins, Dominance and Decline of the Barrier Industrial Council
Introduction For all of their importance to organised labour in many countries, peak unions (or union federations) have, until recently, been subjected to surprisingly little empirical study and theoretical analysis. Perhaps this is because peak...
Symposium on Unemployment, Job Insecurity and Health: Introduction
The December 2000 issue of the Economic and Labour Relations Review (Volume 11 Number 2) contained the first Symposium arising from the Centre for Applied Economic Research's conference on the "Costs of Unemployment". In that symposium, it was shown...
The Health and Safety Effects of Job Insecurity: An Evaluation of the Evidence
Introduction Most industrialised countries have experienced persistently high levels of official unemployment since the collapse of the long postwar economic boom (Burgess and de Ruyter, 2000; Watts and Mitchell, 2000). Exacerbated by high levels...
The New Public Management and Workplace Change
Introduction Over the last decade, a New Public Management (NPM) model has become increasingly dominant in the Australian public sector at state and federal levels (Armstrong, 1998; Halligan, 1994; Laffin, 1995; Considine and Painter, 1997). This...
Unemployment and Youth Suicide
Background World Health Organisation (WHO) suicide data (WHO, 2000) indicate that suicide rates appear to vary by broad religious divisions: Roman Catholic and Muslim dominated countries have the lowest recorded suicide rates in the world. This...
Unemployment Is a Health Hazard: The Health Costs of Unemployment
1. Introduction Australians are among the healthiest people in the world with a national health care system envied by many of the other industrial countries. How ever health and health care services are not equally shared. Factors such as, ethnicity,...
Welfare Reform, Work and the Labour Market
1. Introduction There is a certain irony in the fact that at a time when western industrial economies were in the midst of the longest post-war period of economic growth, attention focused on the limitations of the social security (or welfare) system....
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