Coffs Coast Business Politics

Were it not for JobKeeper, unemployment would be 11.7%, up from 5.2% in one month. Here’s how the numbers pan out

After all the forecasts and speculation, now we know the worst. Yesterday’s numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics lay out the catastrophic impact of COVID-19 on the Australian labour market. By Jeff Borland Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne Total hours worked fell 9.2% – in just one month, […]

Local Politics

State government attempts to limit Council’s expenditure on new administration buildings for next two years

Draft legislation that went before state parliament last night includes, among other things, changes to ban certain expenditure by councils for the next two years. The amendment (COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill (No 2) 2020) bans all expenditure on council administrative buildings above $1 million for the next two […]