OPINION PIECES

Service Exports Key to China
19 Oct 2015

Service Exports Key to China

Earlier this year, we asked a group of Sydney bankers whether exporting financial services to China was part of their growth strategy. Their laughter was enough to reveal that without language expertise, regulatory networks and deep cultural understanding, they considered the China opportunity just too murky, complex and risky.

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 Time for a flag of our own?
22 Sep 2015

Time for a flag of our own?

There’s no enduring flaw in our nation that says we’re incapable of imagining – in time, in our way – a flag that is instantly recognized as ours at home and around the world. 

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 Austalgia: Homesickness for the Past
18 Sep 2015

Austalgia: Homesickness for the Past

I grew up in Logan City to the south of Brisbane. In my twenties I travelled back and forth to Canberra for work. There I learned a bit about being homesick. I got through it, but I knew people who really struggled to succeed in their endeavours because they just wanted so badly to be back home.

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Where's the plan to confront technological change?
09 Mar 2015

Where's the plan to confront technological change?

Today's economists are asking us to embrace technology and prosper from it, despite the challenges to our labour market. So where are the Government's forward-thinking policies, asks Jim Chalmers.

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Kids should code: why 'computational thinking' needs to be taught in schools
19 Dec 2014

Kids should code: why 'computational thinking' needs to be taught in schools

Unchecked, automation will destroy many skilled jobs and push people into insecure, unskilled work. The winners will be those who learn how to code

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Technology, teaching and the future of work
08 Sep 2014

Technology, teaching and the future of work

We can ensure automated technology doesn't destroy the labour market, but only if we educate more tech-savvy graduates and don't price them out of universities, writes Jim Chalmers. 

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Turnbull's NBN vision has no future in sight
01 Sep 2014

Turnbull's NBN vision has no future in sight

When electricity was first reticulated in the north-eastern United States in the 1880s, its primary application was street lighting. Doubters at the time argued against the investment of what would today be many billions of dollars in a lighting network.

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By following the US, Australia consigns future generations to social immobility
22 Aug 2014

By following the US, Australia consigns future generations to social immobility

Among Joe Hockey’s many mistakes, the most damaging may be his pursuit of American-style job outcomes and intergenerational stagnation here in Australia.

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Second Generation of Success
21 Jul 2014

Second Generation of Success

​During a recent meeting at my local Khmer Buddhist Temple, a visiting senior Asian politician recounted to me a joke that got me thinking: what’s the difference between a migrant taxi driver and a university professor? The answer: one generation.

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Budgeting for Inequality
12 Jun 2014

Budgeting for Inequality

Joe Hockey’s speech this week shows the Budget will make Australia less equal, not by accident but by design, argues Jim Chalmers.

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