• Numeracy the poor cousin in Australia?

    David Tout     |      October 20, 2013

    Low literacy and numeracy skills hurt Australians and the economy. David Tout from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) outlines the results of an international study assessing literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills in adults that give some cause for optimism but also concern.

  • The Ageing Workforce – Problem or Opportunity?

    Rod Irvine     |      October 17, 2013

    Mature workers are sometimes dismissed merely based on stereotypes. Rod Irvine, managing director of Leaderboard, explains why baby boomers looking for a job should be seen as a gold mine of experience and advice.

  • Investing in Agriculture’s future: The role of natural capital in enhancing productivity

    Martijn Wilder     |      October 14, 2013

    Baker & McKenzie partner Martijn Wilder was a guest speaker at the IV Global Access Partners National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit on Friday 20 September 2013. He reviewed the economic importance of healthy agricultural landscapes. 

  • Food sovereignty

    Fiona Simson     |      October 3, 2013

    NSW Farmers Association President Fiona Simson was a guest speaker at the IV Global Access Partners National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit on Friday 20 September 2013. She explored the discussion around food sovereignty and foreign ownership of agricultural land.

  • The retail duopoly that rules the nation

    Peter Strong     |      September 25, 2013

    Coles and Woolworths are the duopoly who control what we buy. Peter Strong, CEO of the Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) explores their role in Australian retail and what needs to be done to create a level playing field. 

  • A new global food market: trends and opportunities for Australia

    Bruce Gosper     |      September 22, 2013

    Austrade CEO Bruce Gosper delivered the keynote address at the IV Global Access Partners National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit dinner on Thursday 19 September 2013. He outlines how economic and democratic factors in the developing world are creating a new global market for food. 

  • Buying local the key to sustainable purchasing

    Ian Harrison     |      September 11, 2013

    Buying Australian products is becoming increasingly important to Australian consumers. Ian Harrison, Chief Executive of the Australian Made Campaign, explains how you can be sure that the product you are buying is really Australian.

  • End anti-competitive discounting of national supermarket chains

    Russell Zimmerman     |      September 5, 2013

    The two national supermarket chains are locking shoppers in with cross-subsidised fuel and grocery deals, argues Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association. He urges both Government and Opposition to stand up for the consumers in Australia.

  • Homeward bound: Australia gets even smarter

    Louis Zacharilla     |      September 4, 2013

    Australia has matured in regard to recognising the importance of the Broadband Economy. Social entrepreneur and initiator of the global Intelligent Community movement Louis Zacharilla highlights the power of Broadband to unite the country and in particular benefit rural areas.

  • Paid Parental Leave should not be used for political point scoring

    Michael Cosgrove     |      September 3, 2013

    One of the hottest topics of Election 2013 is Paid Parental Leave. IR consultant Michael Cosgrove outlines where the parties sit on the issue.

  • The world food crisis

    Kevin Parton     |      August 12, 2013

    Not only Australia is affected by rising food prices. Professor Kevin Parton from the Institute for Land, Water and Society describes causes and effects of the current situation and offers solutions to a global problem.

  • Why we should be concerned about food security

    Sarah Norgrove     |      July 31, 2013

    Australian food prices are going up and Asia’s food demand is increasing, while environmental and logistical risk factors are at play. Sarah Norgrove from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute analyses the challenges lying ahead.