5. Universities and the nation's workforce


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What kinds of work will we be doing in 2040? What industries will still be going strong and which will have fallen away?

The training and education we need now will depend on the kinds of work - the industries and services - around which, as a nation we want to build our economy and society.

Australia is facing possibly the worst economic downturn in its history. So how should that sobering prospect reshape the relationship between universities, government and society - including industry?

Thanks to The New Social Contract episode five guests


Megan Lilly, is head of Workforce Development at the Australian Industry Group (or AIG) - Australia's peak industry association.

The news grabs and additional audio in this episode of The New Social Contract podcast came from the following sites:

‘From Back in Black to recession’, reported on AM, ABC, June 4, 2020.

’The recession we couldn’t avoid’ on RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly, Abc, June 4, 2020.

‘The May 1968 protests that paralysed France’, published on Witness, by the BBC.

‘May 1968 Paris Riots’ on The History Hour, published by the BBC.

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