Here in the business and economy team at The Conversation, we love charts – this year we’ve made plenty of good ones with academics, writes…
Here in the business and economy team at The Conversation, we love charts.
This year we’ve made plenty of good ones with academics.
But it would be wrong of us to finish the year without just a few more charts, three in fact.
Not so many jobs, maybe forget innovation
We’re hearing a lot less of the “jobs and growth” and the “innovation” mantras from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison.
Maybe Jesse Stein was right when she suggested at the start of 2017 that it was time to ditch the spin around innovation.
Speaking of other policies, there’s not much doing in jobs either.
Despite the enthusiasm about recent unemployment figures, underemployment (where you can’t get enough hours despite having a job) remains high.
The Amazon apocalypse that didn’t happen
At The Conversation, Gary Mortimer correctly predicted that Amazon won’t be the end of shopping as you know it.
At least so far.
But this isn’t the end of the story.
The likes of JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman will likely feel the heat, considering Amazon’s scale.
And shopping centres are already scrambling to offer customers something new.
Now that Amazon is finally here, it’s time to start thinking about what it means for our own habits.
Should we “click and collect”?
And what’s with everyone trying to sell you a subscription box?
Maybe I will invest in Bitcoin…
One Bitcoin, as of mid day on December 15, was worth about A$22,000.
Although you’d have to have at least two Bitcoins to buy a Tesla Model 3 Roadster, but as Tesla is not yet ready to deliver this model in Australia, you may want to wait until you only need one Bitcoin.
But of course Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency so unless you exchange it for cash at the right time, all these comparisons are meaningless.
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