Last week, we launched a new weekly podcast series by seasoned business journalists Leon Gettler and Gary Barker, produced in association with the RMIT College of Business.
Talking Business is a weekly 15-minute podcast review of the Australian economy, featuring interviews with prominent business leaders and expert analysis from RMIT academics.
The podcasts are in three parts: a review of the week in business, an interview with a leading figure in business (Australian mostly, but also visitors from overseas) and an examination with an economist of the latest significant Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.
Part 1 – The Interview: Gerry Harvey
Gerry Harvey, chief of Harvey Norman, is now in his 70s. In this rare interview, he talks about the stupidity of people retiring at 65. He also shares insights on the future of Harvey Norman.
Part 2 – Economic Trends: The Budget
Garry and Leon analyze the Federal Budget (and its implications) and the class action against the banks for exception fees. They look at the housing shortage and signs of falling confidence in the Australian economy with weaker retail figures and interest rate rises. They examine the response of markets to the euro-zone bailout package and whether it’s going to work. There is a close look too at Lion Nathan’s performance, pulling well ahead of its rival Foster’s. The miners’ war on the Federal Government’s super profits tax is also examined. And finally, they discuss the National Broadband Network and whether it can go ahead without Telstra.
Part 3 – Week In Review
RMIT economist Alberto Posso looks at the latest stats for union membership. Membership is up marginally but the overall trend is down with the unions facing serious difficulties recruiting young people. Posso also discusses falling housing figures and the Federal Budget.
Garry Barker and Leon Gettler both have established careers with ‘The Age’ newspaper, where Garry Barker is its Technology Editor, and Leon Gettler is a Senior Business Journalist. Gettler also works freelance on a number of other publications.