• The power of parity: Australia’s progress on gender equality

    Virginia Haussegger     |      May 6, 2018

    Australia ranks well in terms of gender equality in the Asia-Pacific, however progress on key indicators such as gender wage gaps and women’s political representation has stagnated in recent years. Shifts in attitudes towards gender are required to unlock the full potential of women in society.

  • Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist

    Kate Raworth     |      April 11, 2018

    Economics will matter just as much in the future as it has in the past, but its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date. Kate Raworth argues for a radical transformation in thinking to create a more sustainable and equitable society.

  • Assessing Australia’s South Pacific guest worker programme

    Open Forum     |      April 10, 2018

    A new report from the World Bank offers a detailed examination of the impact of Australia’s guest worker programme on labour from the South Pacific. The study also suggests eleven ways to improve inclusion, equity and economic returns.

  • The world’s richest 1% took 82% of the wealth created last year

    Open Forum     |      April 4, 2018

    Eighty two percent of the wealth generated last year went to the richest one percent of the global population, while the 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world saw no increase in their wealth, according to a new Oxfam report. 

  • Forget about GDP, it’s time for a well-being economy

    Kate Pickett     |      April 3, 2018

    Robert Kennedy criticised the obsession with gross domestic product half a century ago and to avoid another fifty years of pursuing increasingly inappropriate goals, we need to cultivate a new economic vision that relates to people’s daily experiences, rather than the growth of abstract numbers.

  • The foundations of home ownership are being shaken

    Rachel Ong ViforJ     |      April 2, 2018

    Rising house prices are destroying the Australian dream of home ownership, with consequent effects for welfare and financial independence in old age.

  • Tackling the dark side of crypto

    Christine Lagarde     |      March 19, 2018

    The attributes which make crypto-assets so appealing are what also makes them dangerous. The IMF is taking steps to ensure ensure financial integrity and protect consumers in the crypto world just as it has for the traditional financial sector.

  • ACCC slams opaque mortgage deals

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2018

    An interim report by the ACCC has found the opaque pricing of discounts offered on residential mortgage rates makes it difficult for customers to make informed choices and penalises borrowers who stick with the same lender over time.

  • Australia must lift the incomes of the bottom 40%

    Cassandra Goldie     |      March 13, 2018

    Australia should pledge to improve the incomes of the less well off to meet its international development commitments.

  • Will Australia choose growth or stagnation?

    Andrew Pickford     |      March 12, 2018

    News that the United States grew by 2.6% in the last quarter of 2017 produced commentary which reflects two vastly different visions and outlooks for modern, Western economies.

  • Re-imagining Australian housing affordability

    Open Forum     |      March 7, 2018

    Building an extra 50,000 homes a year for a decade could leave Australian house prices 5 to 20% lower than they would be otherwise, and stem rising public anxiety about housing affordability, according to a new Grattan Institute report

  • Boost for Western Sydney from ‘smart city’ transport plans

    Barney Glover     |      March 6, 2018

    Professor Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University, believes the new Western Sydney transport deal will help create a ‘smarter city’.