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Economic development

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Working paper

Bridging the global digital divide

This paper outlines an initiative that would allow the United States, along with a range of public and private partners, to seize the opportunity to reduce the digital divide between nations and people in a way that benefits inclusive economic advancement in low- and middle-income...
Report

The challenges to China’s national rejuvenation – part one: the demographic and technological deficits

China’s aggressive and confrontational policies have seen many countries come together to counter its mercenary expansionism in terms of territory, trade and commerce, military capacity and political influence, writes Lindsay Hughes.
Report

Productivity Commission white paper 2021

This document outlines a new productivity reform agenda for New South Wales that could lift productivity growth and boost real wages, without raising the tax burden.
Case study

Collaborative nation building: Port of Townsville case study

This report looks at what’s happening in the Townsville region, using the Port of Townsville as an example of what’s possible when planning and embarking upon major infrastructure developments. It also examines what others at the regional, state and national levels of government can pursue...
Report collection

Australian cultural and creative activity: a population and hotspot analysis

The creative industries, while not well recognised as such, are strong contributors to local economies. This collection of reports focuses upon a number of specific regions around Australia.
Discussion paper

Technology and trust: priorities for a reimagined economy led by technology

The pace of change in digital technology and the challenge of designing effective regulation after the fact, make the stewardship of emerging technologies challenging. This paper argues that appointing a Chief Technologist and committing to transparent and independent technology assessments could help Australia become a...
Discussion paper

Budget blueprint: the roaring twenties

This paper outlines four policy areas that could provide tremendous potential for Australia to improve its economic development.
Article

Tearing up the Belt and Road Initiative: Australia’s rejection of China’s new Silk Road in Victoria

The Australian federal government recently resolved to scrap the Victorian state government’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The timing of this decision needs to be contemplated as ongoing developments may trouble bilateral relations between Australia and China, writes John Varano.
Report

Senate Select Committee on the effectiveness of the Australian Government’s Northern Australia agenda: final report

This Select Committee report examines the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of the Australian government’s Northern Australia agenda.
Report

A good match: optimising Australia’s permanent skilled migration

The recommendations in this report could help ensure that permanent skilled migration can satisfy the skills needs of the Australian economy. This will help make the system work better for both employers and skilled migrants, with flow on benefits for the broader Australian community.