Economy & Society

Australia’s economy has experienced nearly a quarter of a century of continual growth.

However, it is important that today’s economic policy remains cognisant of the dynamic nature of the global economy, and offers creative solutions to contemporary issues to ensure future generations of Australians enjoy the prosperity of those that came before them.


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    Our Health, Our Wealth

    Early retirement due to ill health imposes a significant economic cost. Work VISES undertook for the APEC Business Advisory Committee and the US Chamber of Commerce estimated the economic cost of early retirement due to ill health (that is, retired early from age 50-64 due to ill health) averaged 2.4 per cent of GDP for a cross section of eighteen countries in 2015.
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    Stalling Wages, Falling Growth

    Australia, like many developed nations post the Global Financial Crisis, is enduring a period of declining wage growth and increasing inequality in income, resulting in living standards falling and stagnant economic growth. Access to fair wages has been facing a relative decline in the past few years, challenging social mobility and the egalitarian society that Australia has prided itself on being.


Chris Lehane, Head of Global Public Policy for AirBnB

Chris Lehane is the head of public policy for Air BnB, and a former democratic political strategist. Hosted by Allens-Linklaters.