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    Productivity and Competitiveness

    editor     |      May 31, 2007

    One of the key issues facing organisations and developed societies in the post-industrial age is increasing productivity in order to meet the demands of the changing global economy. There are calls to lift Australia's productivity to the top five in the world by 2012.

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    Innovation in Australia

    editor     |      May 31, 2007

    As in most advanced capitalist economies, innovation in Australia is primarily defined narrowly as the application of scientific knowledge or radical technological change. But this is at odds with the reality of innovation, which is more likely to involve sustained, incremental improvements in products and processes, rather than technological breakthroughs. It is also likely to be driven by the need to solve customer and market problems more imaginatively than competitors.

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    Health & Wellbeing

    editor     |      May 31, 2007

    Australians are now living longer than at any other stage in history. At the same time, our society has been burdened by a dramatic increase in chronic disease. In 2005, it was estimated that 77% of Australians are living with a long-term chronic condition.