• My Chance, Our Future

    Jo Buick     |      November 12, 2014

    The Australian unemployment rate for 15 to 24 year olds has reached 14 % in October. Jo Buick explains how the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s campaign is raising awareness about this alarming figure.

  • Redefining growth

    William Bourke     |      November 11, 2014

    The Group of 20 (G20) is meeting in Brisbane this week to discuss the global economy. William Bourke says we should focus less on the GDP and instead look at real progress indicators like high employment, a diverse economic base and sustainable resource management.

  • Debunking myths about jobs and disabilities

    Tom Baxter     |      November 10, 2014

    Minister for Employment Eric Abetz recently said that improving job opportunities for people with disabilities was a major priority for the Australian Government. Tom Baxter, CEO of not-for-profit organisation Ostara Australia, challenges all Australian employers to give people with a disability a go.

  • Creating a good society, a better society or a more civil society?

    Eva Cox     |      November 3, 2014

    Do we have a healthy balance between the state, the market and the community? Sociologist and activist Eva Cox says we need to work on how to restore government and community power to avoid dire consequences for our society.

  • Financial technology and the consumer revolution can help find better financial advice

    Christopher Zinn     |      October 29, 2014

    The pressure has been rising for more consumer-friendly ways to navigate financial advice. Christopher Zinn has launched Adviser Ratings to help consumers find the planner they need.

  • Ending age of entitlement – resources under threat yet again

    Laurence Strano     |      October 10, 2014

    While he was in opposition in 2012, the then-shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey had promised to end ‘the age of entitlement’ in Australia. Laurence Strano says this raises the question of where to start.

  • What happened to our retirement?

    Nicole Orr     |      September 23, 2014

    Australians born after 1965 will have to work until they are 70 years old. Nicole Orr says we need a greater understanding of the secondary effects this will have on the individual, the economy and the communities of Australia.

  • Community services for children or commercial economic services for GDP?

    Eva Cox     |      September 15, 2014

    The Government has asked the Productivity Commission for a public inquiry into future options for childcare and early childhood learning. Social and political researcher Eva Cox explains why she is critical of the recommendations in the draft report.

  • Keep the Renewable Energy Target

    Kevin Parton     |      September 2, 2014

    A government-commissioned review has recommended scaling back the Renewable Energy Target (RET). Professor Kevin Parton, an expert in the economics of climate change policy, believes this would be a mistake.

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

    Alexandra Loftus     |      July 31, 2014

    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

    Open Forum     |      July 21, 2014

    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).

  • HECS-style loan scheme for Paid Parental Leave provides fairness for women and taxpayers

    Matthew Taylor     |      July 11, 2014

    The Abbott government’s proposed Paid Parental Leave scheme remains controversial. Matthew Taylor from the Centre for Independent Studies lays out an alternative to the Coalition’s reforms.