When Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney spoke off the cuff about American welfare recipients not paying tax, he drew a lot of criticism, even though he was factually correct. Robert Carling looks at the situation in Australia.
It's not the first time Australians have heard about how important Asia is to our future, but when PM Julia Gillard released a road map China was the main focus. Stephen Kirchner says we still have some unfinished business in the region.
The Queensland Government has decided to recommence uranium mining following Julia Gillard's recent dicussions with India over the sale of uranium to the country. Michael Angwin says that decision supports the national interest.
New research from CPA Australia warns that Australia is losing the race to stay competitive in crucial Asian markets. The survey found that Australia's innovation, competitiveness and engagement with Asia are falling behind the regional powerhouses of India and China.
The global economic environment is harsher than ever leaving even established businesses struggling to remain viable. Fergus Neilson says it is important to reduce the risk of failure by applying long-term vision.
David Murray is today warning that Australia could face debt levels like those in Europe unless productivity is lifted and debt is addressed. Last month he spoke at the GAP Economic Forum about the need for strong leadership.
David Masters gave the opening remark from the Chair at the GAP Economic Summit on 14 September. He believes Australia's role in Asia requires an honest and frank debate about our strengths and weaknesses.
The Federal Government has been forced to re-write the Budget it released just months ago due to a slump in Australian mineral prices. Robert Carling says a stable tax regime is more important than whether the budget is a few billion in surplus or deficit.