Are you dangerously deluded about the future?

You could say “I won’t be around in 20 years so what do I care?” but today’s Australians live generally

You could say “I won’t be around in 20 years so what do I care?” but today’s Australians live generally healthier and longer lives, which means the decisions in the now could still have an impact.

As a country, Australia’s position has been pretty enviable.

You’ve enjoyed the benefits of the mining boom and the demand on the country’s natural resources that have boosted the overall economy, but as they say — all good things must come to an end.

Transitioning to a knowledge-based economy makes the future of Australia just a little bit uncertain according to the experts. However, if Australia is to remain the ‘lucky country’ now is as good a time as any to start creating its own luck.

With that in mind the CSIRO has been looking at what the country’s outcomes on a global scale could be and the findings have been released in the Australia 2030: Navigating our Uncertain Future; a report that identifies four potential opportunities using scientific data and a number of pre-existing global trends.

These include:

  • A dramatic shift towards a digital services and knowledge-driven economy
  • A second wave of the resources boom driven by growth and urbanisation in developing economies
  • Decoupling economic growth and environmental sustainability, where consumers seek out healthier lifestyles
  • Global geopolitical instability increases driven by climate change and regional conflict over land, food and water.

It’s that last one that has people concerned.

However, innovation (now there’s a familiar word) is proposed as the driving force of future productivity in not just established areas but in developing and emerging industries across the country.

Heading up the report is James Devereall who says, “The decisions we make today have a huge result in where we will end up.”

“Our world is changing rapidly. We are more connected than ever before. Industries are being transformed by new business models and disruptive technologies,” the report says.

Rising incomes across the world, new markets and constraints on our natural resources means Australian consumers and businesses need to think more sustainably.

Australia needs to act now if it is not to be left behind, according to the report.

Do you agree? What opportunities and challenges do you think will face Australia in the coming years?

  1. Gerry  

    Thinkers don,t produce anything,it’s no wonder there are a shortage of people to do the “ordinary Jobs” when all the young are told is ,they are a failure if they don’t go to university…

    We need income from resources until we can think of something to replace them,let’s face it the windmills just don,t cut it!!

    And as for climate change,well the climate has been changing for millions of years,we in Australia don’t make a jot of difference,but then there is hysteria,which the press are good at !

  2. Delusion is inevitable when people don’t look into history. History as a subject is not exactely cherished. Climate change is like the C world, it get a shiver responce from most. If it’s true and most scientists say it is and in our hearts we know scientists do know whats happening, we know we are in real trouble. It’s not about losing a few speciest, it’s about losing the future, which may not mean losing the over 60s, but instead the future generations. Some say that climate is always changing and to a point that is true, but not over a short period, more like over a thousand years. In the past when climate changed there were no billions of people, in nuclear capable countries that are vulnerable and dependent on the resources of the planet.

    • Harry  

      Nah mate ,it’s ALL about the money,and truck loads of it going to EU and USA,to bail out their world domination scam,bail out the corrupt/broke countries,and in doing so bring the western civilisations to their knees,and weaken them further by mass unfettered immigration.
      US needs Trump to save them now!!

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