Picks of the Week

In this week's reading guide, Bartholomeusz weighs up the Medibank float, Gottliebsen looks at global energy prices and Burgess ponders the future for Australian youth.

Why investors have swamped the Medibank float
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Strong demand for the Medibank Private float has pushed up the indicative price range, which will please retail investors but rankle institutions.

The looming age of low-cost global energy
Robert Gottliebsen
The world will soon use less energy to achieve the same or better outcomes.

Tiger will test Virgin's flight path to stability
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Improved dynamics in the domestic aviation market will be welcomed by Virgin, but question marks remain over its profitability and balance sheet stability.

Costello’s chance to set the investment record straight
Robert Gottliebsen
The former treasurer, now Future Fund chairman, will face some tough questioning at a senate committee hearing tomorrow … but he can use the opportunity to score some political points.

Why younger Australians need a stronger welfare safety net
Callam Pickering
If the Coalition is serious about growth, it should lift unemployment benefits for the young and reduce middle-class welfare.

How now to call for climate inaction?
Tristan Edis
After all these years of saying 'we can’t act because others aren’t', you would think the US-China deal would be a cause for celebration among climate policy blockers - but early signs suggest not.

A reality check for the China-Australia FTA
John Lee
There are many reasons why Australians should be excited about the free trade agreement with China, but there remain a number of unknowns.

NBN Co plots new course with nothing set in stone
Supratim Adhikari
With a disclaimer on every page, the latest NBN Co corporate plan is almost certain to have a short shelf life.

Climate is on the agenda in spite of Abbott
Tristan Edis
The G20 summit has been like a series of cascading shirt-fronts – even from the UK Tories and Turkey - for a government that didn't think anyone cared about climate change.

Australia's housing policy is a total con job
Callam Pickering
The great Australian dream of owning your own home is no longer achievable for most young Australians.

Politicians are forgetting a key cog in energy policy
Keith Orchison
Energy efficiency standards might not make for exciting headlines, but a recent IEA report highlights how vital they are in promoting emissions abatement.

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When the young abandon Australia
Rob Burgess
A tough job market and soaring house prices could push more young Australians to leave our shores. And we'll be worse off for it.

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The RBA's complacency is a dangerous gamble
Callam Pickering
The central bank needs to shake off its complacency and urgently address two key issues threatening Australia's economic growth.

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