Spectators

Why Beijing beats Berlin for young professionals

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Young Aussies are favouring Beijing and Hong Kong over London and New York according to a recent survey, but efforts to promote Asian literacy are lagging behind.

China's manufacturing bounces back

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Official figures say manufacturing output to rise after recent worrying declines.

Our apartment-building boom is on another level

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The construction boom is still too small to drive the rebalancing process, but it has turned out to be a bright spot amid the economy's bleak outlook.

An ageing population calls for more reverse mortgages

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Reverse mortgages provide homeowners with access to a lump sum when they need it most, but there are a number of factors to consider.

Renewable energy slays the doubters with a stellar 2014

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Those who saw non-hydro renewables as a European fad just a few years ago, must now contend with a sector that provided 49% of global power-capacity additions last year, saw investment lift 17% to $270 billion, and now produces 9.1% of the world's electricity.

Solar PV hits 1% market share of global electricity – should we care?

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This is significant when it’s considered only a few short years ago solar PV barely qualified as a pimple on a flea in any country other than Germany, Italy, Spain and Greece. Solar PV is just getting started.

China needs to get the integration ball moving

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If China wants to see even growth and social cohesion, it needs to encourage better integration between provinces.

There's no relief yet for iron ore and oil producers

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In both the iron ore and oil markets, the rebalancing of supply and demand will only occur once higher-cost, sub-economic production is displaced.

Abbott's copyright kowtow a step backwards

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The Abbott government has introduced copyright laws into parliament that appear to have the sole purpose of stamping out the consumer rebellion against delayed access to content and rip-off prices.

SolarJuice deal shows there's life yet in the RET-wracked sector

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Shanghai-based Solar Power International will acquire a $25.5m, 80% stake in Australian wholesaler SolarJuice, setting a new record for the sector in Australia and providing a great reward for the latter's two innovative co-founders.

The 'pub economics' of structural reforms

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When it comes to structural reform, people often believe that long-term gains come with short-term pain, but the evidence suggests a more nuanced picture.

Home loan limits just hurt the underdog

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Recent examples of macroprudential meddling in mortgages reveal some unintended consequences.

Disrupting your way to success

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The most successful businesses in the 21st century will be those that embrace digital disruption as an ­opportunity, and not something to guard against.

Can the Harper review compete with business interests?

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The Harper report has proposed many ways to create a more competitive Australia, but the willingness of Canberra tackle this issue remains in doubt.

A Swiss model for NBN Co

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Switzerland leads broadband development measures in Europe and the success of the incumbent telco Swisscom presents a handy primer for NBN Co.

God save the planet: UK renewables rise to 20%, emissions fall 8% in year

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The week in clean energy saw UK renewables generation rise to 19.2% from under 15% just two years ago, with the country revealing an 8.4% emissions cut last year while, elsewhere, its green bank agreed to tip $US300m into Africa and India renewable projects.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S6 - Turning the tables on the iPhone 6

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The Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge are the best phones Samsung has ever made and the best Android phones you can buy. Plus, there's that curved screen.

Paris pact takes shape, as US submits climate plan

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The US last night submitted its five-page climate goal to the UN ahead of December's key Paris talks, meaning it, the EU, Mexico, Russia and Switzerland have met the 'soft' deadline negotiators called for at Lima last year.

This is how sensible reform should be sold

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Voters are fed up with broken promises and empty rhetoric. But the electoral success of Mike Baird shows that a reform agenda is possible if it is informed by conviction and goodwill.

Hilmer and Harper are being swamped by Google and Facebook

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Oligopolies and the competition regulators continue to battle over regulation, yet it's increasingly clear that technology has done far more to increase the power of consumers.

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