Opinion Pieces

Where's the plan to confront technological change?

March 09, 2015

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

December 19, 2014

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

September 08, 2014

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

September 01, 2014

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

August 22, 2014

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

July 21, 2014

​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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