Business lobby outgunned by trade unions, left-wing think tanks: Menzies Research Centre (with audio)

Original article by ABC's Senior Business Correspondent Peter Ryan  

Australia's once influential business lobby is now "completely outgunned" by trade unions and left-of-centre think tanks, according to a growing force in conservative policy development and debate.

The Liberal Party-aligned Menzies Research Centre has reignited questions about a schism between business lobby groups, including the Business Council of Australia (BCA) which has been criticised …


Anti-business forces outgun the pro-business groups by 3-to-1

Original article by Tony Boyd in The Financial Review:

When Andrew Bragg was employed by the Menzies Research Centre to develop an enterprise policy agenda his first task was to work out what he was up against.

He started by adding up the amounts of money being spent each year by organisations with an "anti-business" agenda. He wanted to compare it to the amount spent by those in favour of business.

Bragg was not surprised to find that the left-leaning organisations …


Taking on the anti-growth brigade requires business to stand up and fight

MRC Director of Policy and Research Andrew Bragg writes in The Financial Review:

Despite a small domestic marketplace, Australia is the world's twelfth-largest economy. We rely upon open markets and the rule of law to trade our wares to the rest of the world: from iron ore to milk powder and financial services.

To succeed in global markets, our businesses must be efficient, nimble and competitive. Our country's fuel is strong enterprise policy.

Yet a sick culture has …

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