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Host Max Tillman finds the people who are the movers and shakers in business, and brings them together to get to the essence of the financial issues of the day.

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Host Max Tillman finds the people who are the movers and shakers in business, and brings them together to get to the essence of the financial issues of the day.

    Is Money The Cure to All Ills?

    Is Money The Cure to All Ills?

    It was the 18th century philosopher Voltaire who once said; '"The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease."

    And, with the Federal Budget's delivery in health funding of a record $115.5 billion in 2020-21- and $467 billion over the forward estimates-there's more than enough to amuse ourselves with here at Think Business Futures.

    It's a lot of money, a dizzying amount, but what are the real stories behind that wall of zeroes?

    Joining me today to pull apart the portfolio is Dr Stephen Duckett, Health Program Director at the Grattan Institute and former Departmental Secretary to the Australian Government Department of Human Services and Health from 1994 to 1996.

    • 29 min
    Budget Bite #2: Extended Interview With Industry Professor Warren Hogan

    Budget Bite #2: Extended Interview With Industry Professor Warren Hogan

    The full, unabridged interview with former ANZ chief economist Warren Hogan on this year's Federal Budget.

    • 11 min
    Budget Bite #1: Nicole Sutton breaks down the $2 Billion R&D Tax Incentive

    Budget Bite #1: Nicole Sutton breaks down the $2 Billion R&D Tax Incentive

    We covered the murky waters of R&D tax incentives in this week's coverage of The Federal Budget 2020. But for those who's curiosity was piqued, Nicole gives further detail on the evolution of the R&D tax incentive scheme from the Turnbull days of 2016 until now.

    • 9 min
    A Tale of Two Budgets

    A Tale of Two Budgets

    Deck the halls with forward estimates!

    Christmas for the finance world has finally arrived, with the Federal Budget 2020 putting pen to paper on a fiscal year for the ages.

    And with a deficit to the piercing tune of $213 billion dollars, this year's tea leaves do not paint a pretty picture.

    Can we hitch our recovery wagon to tax cuts?

    Will big-spending in business add up alongside a continuation of social distancing?

    As they say in economics, 'You can never judge a budget until it's at least a week old.'

    Joining me to find out whether this financial Christmas we'll be getting a new bike, or a pair of socks is Nicole Sutton from the UTS Business School's accounting discipline, Richard De Abreu Lourenco with the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation at the University of Technology Sydney and UTS Business School Industry Professor Warren Hogan.

    • 39 min
    Carrot and Joystick; The Future of Australian Video Games

    Carrot and Joystick; The Future of Australian Video Games

    You've probably heard of Flappy bird, and you've definitely heard of Fruit Ninja and Temple Run. Little did you know, those games were developed in Australia. And despite their global popularity and literally billions of downloads, the domestic game deployment industry can't seem to get past the first level.

    In anticipation of this evening's budget, the Australian video game industry have asked for a 30% refundable tax offset and a restored Interactive Games Fund for video game development to be featured in the 2020-2021 Federal Budget.

    Joining us today is Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA), Australia's industry body for game developers.

    • 24 min
    Viable Gas or Hot Air? Can Hydrogen Power a Post-COVID Economy?

    Viable Gas or Hot Air? Can Hydrogen Power a Post-COVID Economy?

    The last time the Liberal Party turned their heads to energy, we had the NEG, which drove a factional wedge between the party room and led to the downfall of a PM. This time, it's a global pandemic. You'd think once bitten twice shy, but politics is full of surprises.
    Are we going to be lifted above the pandemic by a hydrogen powered economy? Or is it just a lot of hot air?

    Max Tillman is joined by Richie Merzian, Climate & Energy Program Director at the Australia Institute. And Dr. Paul Brown, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Trans-disciplinary Innovation at the Centre for Business and Social Innovation at The University of Technology Sydney.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

ZoeLBrown ,

Compelling and thought provoking

David Brown and Nicole Sutton, intellectuals bringing interesting real world topics matched with research - great hosts! And amazing podcast!

Frog's Ma ,

Biz publisher

Such a refreshing business podcast. Finally, a focus on the theory and meaning of business in Australia and not an endless litany of interviews with celebrity founders.

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Super Informative

Loving the podcast

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