• Forget about GDP, it’s time for a well-being economy

    Kate Pickett     |      April 3, 2018

    Robert Kennedy criticised the obsession with gross domestic product half a century ago and to avoid another fifty years of pursuing increasingly inappropriate goals, we need to cultivate a new economic vision that relates to people’s daily experiences, rather than the growth of abstract numbers.

  • The foundations of home ownership are being shaken

    Rachel Ong ViforJ     |      April 2, 2018

    Rising house prices are destroying the Australian dream of home ownership, with consequent effects for welfare and financial independence in old age.

  • Tackling the dark side of crypto

    Christine Lagarde     |      March 19, 2018

    The attributes which make crypto-assets so appealing are what also makes them dangerous. The IMF is taking steps to ensure ensure financial integrity and protect consumers in the crypto world just as it has for the traditional financial sector.

  • ACCC slams opaque mortgage deals

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2018

    An interim report by the ACCC has found the opaque pricing of discounts offered on residential mortgage rates makes it difficult for customers to make informed choices and penalises borrowers who stick with the same lender over time.

  • Australia must lift the incomes of the bottom 40%

    Cassandra Goldie     |      March 13, 2018

    Australia should pledge to improve the incomes of the less well off to meet its international development commitments.

  • Will Australia choose growth or stagnation?

    Andrew Pickford     |      March 12, 2018

    News that the United States grew by 2.6% in the last quarter of 2017 produced commentary which reflects two vastly different visions and outlooks for modern, Western economies.

  • Re-imagining Australian housing affordability

    Open Forum     |      March 7, 2018

    Building an extra 50,000 homes a year for a decade could leave Australian house prices 5 to 20% lower than they would be otherwise, and stem rising public anxiety about housing affordability, according to a new Grattan Institute report

  • Boost for Western Sydney from ‘smart city’ transport plans

    Barney Glover     |      March 6, 2018

    Professor Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University, believes the new Western Sydney transport deal will help create a ‘smarter city’.

  • Solutions to Australia’s housing affordability woes

    Derek Grima     |      February 16, 2018

    Housing affordability continues to be a key issue in Australian cities. Founding Director of BeFinancial and CPA ‘changemaker’ Derek Grima looks at action that government and individuals can take to face ongoing housing affordability challenges.

  • Australia must innovate to prosper and thrive

    Bill Ferris     |      February 2, 2018

    In his address to the National Press Club, Bill Ferris explains why innovation should be celebrated and encouraged in Australia, not feared or tiptoed around like some “elephant in the room”.

  • Paid Parental Leave for foster and kinship parents

    Kylie Cutting     |      January 19, 2018

    A gap in the Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme means that foster and kinship parents are ineligible for payments. Foster carer and PPL advocate Kylie Cutting explains how extending the scheme could leader to better outcomes for vulnerable children.

  • Opportunity knocks for Australian MSEs in Asia

    Valentin Henrio     |      January 17, 2018

    The rapidly expanding Asian economy offers unprecedented opportunity for Australia’s mid-sized enterprises. Valentin Henrio considers the possibilities.