Picks of the week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler assesses the impact of the digital revolution, Bartholomeusz delves into the details of BHP's demerger, and Gottliebsen talks to the one minister who has a vision for Australia.

What are human beings going to do?
Alan Kohler
The digital revolution is laying claim to a rapidly expanding number of jobs, with the collision between job intensity and productivity unlike anything we've ever seen. What does this mean for young people?

BHP’s second-best pass the test
Stephen Bartholomeusz
BHP Billiton's omission of the Nickel West assets from its spun-off group underscores the fact that this new venture is not a receptacle for the mining giant's trash.

Only one treasurer spent more than Swan
Rob Burgess
It's all too easy to berate the former treasurer's record, but a look back over Australia's spending patterns tests the 'debt and deficit' attack.

Just what the doctor ordered for Telstra
Harrison Polites
The telco lines up its next avenue for growth.

There's only one cure for the eurozone's terminal disease
Oliver Marc Hartwich
Anaemic growth rates in the eurozone are having a deleterious effect on debt levels, making it near impossible for countries to turn their finances around. There is a solution, but it's a politically messy one.

Global rates to rise in 2015? Not likely
Adam Carr
The mixed signals being sent out by central banks suggest the market is overpricing the timing and magnitude of a rate rise, and that policy coordination between the Fed, BoE and ECB may prove a tricky feat.

Not even cabinet knows the 'real' Abbott
Michael Gawenda
The Prime Minister’s humiliating rebuke of two senior ministers suggests a worrying lack of understanding about what he really stands for, if anything.

Insights from a Chinese grand master
Peter Cai
Lee Kuan Yew, a former mentor of Deng Xiaoping and an adviser to every US president from Nixon to Obama, is optimistic about China’s economic prospects, but he has a unique take on the hurdles facing the country.

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The one minister who has a vision for Australia
Robert Gottliebsen
Amid the chaos in Canberra, one politician has big ideas on growth. At the same time, a corporate titan says there's opportunity to turn our gas crisis into a new era of development. Infrastructure spending is crucial to both plans.

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Abbott must abandon his misguided war on the young and the poor
Callam Pickering
It means nothing for the Coalition to say that it supports growth while failing dismally at the task of creating a coherent economic policy. Here’s hoping the government injects some common sense into the budget.

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