By Australian standards, those seeking drought-assistance operate relatively productive enterprises.
Another relevant finding from our research on age stereotypes was this: a common reaction to the shopping experience for older people was a feeling of invisibility. Invisible customers don't buy things.
And that need for convenient data predisposes them to a particular view of innovation that ignores the constant minor adjustments that people make in their lives, products and businesses.
Having once lived there, I know Tasmania is a pleasant place to live. But so is Greece. And if Tasmania was an independent country, it would be in more trouble than Greece.
First, remember that a 14.2% vacancy rate is the same as an 85.8% occupancy rate. Most industries with that sort of capacity utilisation would be over the moon.
Others want to drive down wages (apparently so they can match those of the Chinese) in order to keep turning a profit.
Innovation is at the core of Australia's future prosperity, and Western Australia is as well placed as any part of Australia to capture its benefits.
It was probably easier for a Coalition Government to do it than a Labor Government, but even the latter would finally have had to say, 'Enough is enough'.
The gas production trend is likely to continue without hitting a geological 'peak', and along with this trend will come new marketing opportunities for America.
As the number of closures in the manufacturing and minerals-processing sector grows, it is worth reflecting on how and why the repeated warnings from these sectors about the debilitating impact of steadily higher energy costs were ignored.
Australia's respect for intellectual property has helped create a sophisticated economy with diverse hi-tech industries. Our biotechnology sector is perhaps the most compelling example.
Abbott believes it is all about individual firms, dud managers and greedy workers. Let them go broke and the economy magically creates new jobs.