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Are we adequately building the resilience of young Australians as they transition from school to work?

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Young Australians experience disadvantage in the labour market for a number of reasons. Alexandra Loftus says we need to connect young people to the working world as early as possible to expose them to the realities of the job market.

Opportunities for SMEs

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Australian and international thought leaders discussed the role SMEs can play in meeting the G20’s target of 2% growth above trend at the invitation of the Honourable Bruce Billson MP, Australian Minister for Small Business, and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

The moment of inequality

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Growing inequality is one of the big issues of our time in Australia and abroad. Don Perlgut explores why this topic captures our attention to such an extent.

The World of Pyne: Protest, Q & A and corporate education

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On Monday a group of students staged a protest on ABC’s Q & A against Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s proposed higher education cuts. Dr Binoy Kampark says Pyne’s stance is merely taking the project of a longstanding industrialisation and marketing of universities further.

States heading for a debt problem

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The state treasurers are meeting in Canberra today to discuss spending on infrastructure among other things. Robert Carling from The Centre for Independent Studies says that if the states want to be able to spend on infrastructure, they have to keep a tight rein on operating expenses for years to come as the debt of state governments has risen dramatically in the last years.

What can Australia learn from Cuba?

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Australia needs a balance of excellent management, self-interest and a coherent narrative. Peter Fritz recently visited Cuba and reflects on what we can learn from this country.

The political outlook for 2014

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The Government and the Opposition are preparing for the year ahead. Dominic O’Sullivan predicts that the budget is going to be a major talking point in 2014.

How close are we in becoming an ‘insourcing’ economy?

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The Australian economy is one of the largest in the world. Patrick Gibson explains why we are far from becoming an insourcing economy by providing some historical background.

A shock but not a surprise

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Car manufacturer Holden is leaving the Australian market. Simon Cowan argues that structural change is a necessity for Australia, but urges the government to provide a safety net for suffering workers.

On the Future of Australia

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We have to manage our economic interests, recognise opportunities and act on them when they arise. Peter Fritz identifies four initiatives for action now.