Student Name:__Nicole Hutchinson_______________________________________
Tutorial (eg Monday 10.00am-11.30am): ____Tuesday 8:00pm-9:00pm_____________
Reading full reference
Conley, T. 2010. ‘Globalisation and the Australian Economic Vulnerability’, in Business and the Politics of Globalisation: After the Global Financial Crisis, edited by G. Curran and E. van Acker. Frenchs Forest: Pearson, chapter 5.
Main point(s) made by the author(s)
The author describes the Australias economic vulnerabilities as the balance of our trades (importing and exporting), current account deficits, foreign debt and inequality.
The author also identifies Australia’s three major economic vulnerabilities as:
1. “The changes in international demand for commodities”
It is explained that Australia has missed both recessions in a row. One of the fundamental aspects to the booming economy was from the mining sector and and Asian demands for minerals. Royalties and taxes also boomed. However the boom came to an end when the demand and price for commodities droped, the decline in foreign sources of capital, intensified the problems caused by over expansion in the wool industry, property speculation, banking collapse and over-investment by colonial government infrastructiure.
2. “Changes in international financial sentiment and supply”
It is explained that although Australias public debt position is reasonably sound, a lot of other countries are not financially stable and the effects this could have on Australia are quite significant. For example, the significant government debt the US has could take a considerable amount of global capital.
3. “The rising of inequality.”
Evidence and examples used
The author summarises the history behind how and why the Australian constitutions was formed the way it was, pg20-21. It explains how the functionalities of the Australian constitution were formed and the roles