We get a lot of free advice from billionaires about how to deal with our largest trading partner China.
And the big men fly in Dubai, Dalain and Delhi: The international dimensions of Aussie Rules Football.
I’ve been very lucky in my life. I’ve been lucky to watch a lot of games of footy. I’ve seen almost every SANFL grand final in the 1970s and 1980s in Adelaide and every AFL grand final (bar 2) since 1992 at the MCG in Melbourne.
Poke a Russian bear with a stick and he will retaliate. That’s the lesson facing Australian exporters today. When Australia announced they were joining the USA and Europe in placing trade sanctions on Russia in response to Malaysian Airlines MH 17 being shot down in Ukraine, it could do so realising there wasn’t much trade to talk about.
As a frequent flyer, particularly around the Asia Pacific region, I, like many, awoke to the horror of more bad news for Malaysian Airlines. This time Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 was allegedly shot down over the disputed Ukraine-Russia territory while making its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. This comes in the same year that the world – particularly Australia – has been searching for MH 370 in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia. Same country, same flag carrier, but a disaster of potentially even greater proportion in global terms.
The days of a high Australian dollar can lead to doom and gloom amongst Australian exporters, so the headlines go, or do they? It’s clear that the high exchange rate means different things to different sectors in the economy. As they say, with a high dollar you can export to Asia, and import online from America; take your holidays in Tuscany and Thailand rather than Tully and Townsville. But new research from the DHL Export Barometer shows the issue is a lot more complicated that you think.
We are just a few days away from the long awaited FIFA World Cup in Brazil – the most watched sporting event in the world. Like the Olympics it happens every four years since it began in 1930 and this time the event has been controversial because of protests against the hosting of the World Cup (and Rio Olympics in 2016) by local Brazilians and most recently by suggestions of corruption in FIFA’s decision to hand the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
Tim Harcourt travels
the globe in search of
Australia's export successes
& explains how you could be next!
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