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The Global Risks Report 2017

World Economic Forum logoThe World Economic Forum has released its interim Global Risks Report for this year. Now in its 12th edition, The Global Risks Report 2017 highlights the most significant long-term risks worldwide.


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International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 logo2017 is the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. It supports a change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour towards a more sustainable tourism sector.

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Spaces of Australian innovation - report released

Spaces of Australian innovationOur annual Summit focused on ‘Spaces of Australian Innovation’ – whether physical, virtual or metaphorical – and the conditions required for the Australian innovation ecosystem to flourish. The final report and infographic from the Summit have now been released.

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Baird’s early exit means NSW loses a leader whose best years were yet to come

posted by Gregory Melleuish, Jan 20, 2017

On Thursday NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced his resignation from politics. Gregory Melleuish, Professor at the University of Wollongong, has the details.

It used to be the case that participation in political life was considered to be a vocation, and that those who chose it were in it for the long haul, through thick and thin. The most prominent example of this in Australian history was Billy Hughes. Even after he lost the prime ministership in early 1923 he continued to be a member of the House of Representatives until his death in 1952.

That has all changed. Mike Baird’s resignation, both as New South Wales premier and from the state parliament, comes as somewhat of a shock. He is only 48, has been an MP for less than ten years and premier for less than three. One would have thought his best years in public life were ahead of him.

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Productive Ageing

In 1970, only 8% of Australians were older than 64. In 2050, it'll be almost a quarter. Pension age is increasing, but this still lags behind growing life expectancy.

According to the GAP report on Productive Ageing, two million older people are willing and able to work - in fact, their underemployment currently costs Australia $10.8 billion a year in lost GDP. An increase of 3% of workplace participation in people over the age of 55 would increase GDP by $33 billion, while 5% growth would see 750,000 benefit recipients become tax payers and give the economy a $48 billion boost.

So why aren't we employing Australia's mature citizens? Ageist prejudices persist, as a fixed retirement age labels people who reach it as unemployable. Besides affecting job prospects, ageism can have a profound impact on someone's confidence, financial situation and quality of life.

That we are living longer, healthy lives shouldn't be a threat - it is an opportunity to be seized. For the next two months, we will be exploring the many facets of productive ageing. Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au to share your story, opinion or blog idea.

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