Saturday Extra


The cost of government consultants

A parliamentary inquiry is looking at government departments' growing expenditure on consultants - whether it's necessary, how transparent it is, and whether taxpayers are being well-served.
Audio interview

The economic divide

The agricultural sector is booming but are the benefits flowing to regional Australia? Saul Eslake and Fiona Simson discuss the regional economy and what is needed to drive growth. Saul Eslake is an economist, company director and Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Tasmania...
Audio interview

Agribusiness reality check

World demand for food is booming but Australia's participation in that growth is not inevitable. The Australian Farm Institute warns we need to bust some myths about the nation's relative competitiveness, invest capital, build skills and marketing capacity and play smarter if we are going...
Audio interview

Rethinking public services

Harper Review of Competition policy panel member Su McCluskey explains how a new approach to competition and choice in government services could be a win-win for taxpayers and for those who need health, housing and other community services. Canberra's successful National Health Co-op is one...

Indonesia: end of year wrap

In a recent address to his cabinet, President Joko Widodo, said that infrastructure plans should not to be limited to the short term, but should be thought out 50 to 100 years ahead. He has other ambitious plans, including health care for all citizens, improving...