Policy Forum Pod: Does HECS need HELP?

The Australian Higher Education Scheme (HECS) was a landmark piece of public policy. It offers students the chance to undertake higher education and repay the cost only once they reach an earnings threshold. But HECS - these days called the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) - has become an election issue following the release of a recent report showing sharp increases in HECS costs over the next decade.

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Policy Forum Pod: Developing Asia

Joseph Zveglich and Christopher Edmonds from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) chat with Policy Forum Pod about the findings of ADB’s flagship economic publication: Asian Development Outlook 2016. They discuss key issues including economic prospects for developing Asia and the Pacific, the impact of China’s slowdown on the region, and approaches to boosting future growth.

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Policy Forum Pod: Agricultural development in Pakistan

Agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan's economy, contributing over 20 per cent of the national GDP. But, what does the future hold for this important sector and will the government protect farmers while opening up the sector to private business? In this Policy Forum pod, Dr Aamer Irshad of the Planning Commission of Pakistan talks about the short, medium and long-term goals of the sector and its role in the region.

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