EDITORS' PICKS: Make Australia Work

In your essential reading guide to the campaign Kohler looks at ideas to keep Australians employed, Gottliebsen examines strategies companies can use in the downturn and Bartholomeusz explains why confidence is key.

MAKE AUSTRALIA WORK: The crisis is just beginning
Alan Kohler
Australia has been in denial about the coming recession, but what's needed now is not fatalism about the global tsunami that is about to hit, but ideas that will make the nation work better and will help keep Australians in work.

MAKE AUSTRALIA WORK: Strategies for the downturn
Robert Gottliebsen
There have been many excellent ideas put forward in our Make Australia Work series, many offering sound advice for companies looking to re-orient their strategy to make the best of the recession.

MAKE AUSTRALIA WORK: Confidence is the answer
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The Rudd government's latest $4 billion funding vehicle is a sensible precautionary measure. However, moves to protect jobs and therefore confidence must be at the heart of any federal response.

MAKE AUSTRALIA WORK: Adapting to a new world order
Tony Boyd
The scenarios prepared for the World Economic Forum in Davos should give Australia and the limited number of outward looking Australian financial institutions cause for optimism.

MAKE AUSTRALIA WORK: Job market needs irrigation
Q&A by Isabelle Oderberg
Australia's best hope of keeping its economy afloat and creating new jobs is in water, says former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett, who believes investment in national water infrastructure could be a beacon of hope.



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