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0:54 - Talking Business news
32:54 - interview Deloitte Access economist David Rumbens on the RBA decision and outlook for the economy.
44:48 - An interview with Elaine Saunders, proprietor of Blamey and Saunders which makes hi tech hearing aids.

News overview:

Leon and Garry discuss the week’s news in business. This week we hear, among other things, that:

. Australian borrowers will have to wait for more interest rate relief after the Reserve Bank surprised pundits by leaving its key rate unchanged.

Chapter times:
0:38 - Talking Business News
37:07 - Interview with Jim Stewart, who runs search engine company StewArtMedia.

eon and Garry discuss many topics including:

- The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) lowering its inflation and growth forecasts for the first half of 2012 as uncertainty about Europe's debt crisis weighs on domestic household and business spending.

- All the banks raising interest rates independently of the RBA and the politicians attack but they are defended by the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Joost was raised on a farm in Monbulk Victoria. Originally from Holland, Joost started using recycled materials such as steel to create planter stands for flower and plant displays in cafes, bars and restaurants. While he continues to create extraordinary installations, he has literally taken on the world with his greenhouses. These greenhouses showcase what can be done by using recycled building materials. Customers are served organic produce and sit on chairs made from recycled materials.

Interview with Rob Roe, AirWatch managing director Australia and New Zealand. Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen from Lateral Economics

Leon and Garry talk about topics including:
. The world heaving a sigh of relief that Eurozone ministers have sealed a 130-billion-euro ($172 billion) bailout for Greece to avert a massive default but it’s not over yet.
. Treasury boss Martin Parkinson giving an upbeat appraisal of the Australian economy, saying the outlook is "incredibly promising".

An interview with Craig Scroggie, vice president of Symantec (Asia-Pac).
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
. The new Microsoft logo
. The Fair Labor Association, a watchdog monitoring working conditions at makers of Apple Inc. products, uncovering “tons of issues” that need to be addressed at a Foxconn Technology Group plant in Shenzhen, China.
. A study showing that of owners of iPads tend to be older and richer than people who buy rival tablet computers.
. A US study showing that students who use iPads score better in every literacy test than those who don't.

Interview with Frank Milne, BMO Professor of Economics and Finance, Queens University, Ontario,

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry talk about topics including:
. News Corporation has announced that James Murdoch has stepped down as executive chairman of News International in response to damning revelations about his role in the hacking scandal.

Architect Andrew Maynard has received numerous awards for his homes, many of which break the traditional mould. His distinctive designs are regularly featured in the media, which have a strong emphasis on sustainability. Recycled materials usually appear in his work and colour is often used for great effect -limes, reds. He also adhere to sustainable issues in his own life, preferring to ride a bike rather than drive a car. Maynard recently received an architectural award at the Architectural Festival in late 2011.

www.maynardarchitects.com

Interview with Ian Chalmers, chief executive officer of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
Interview with Lachlan Smirl, economist at Deloitte Access Economics

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
. Greece making the biggest debt writedown in history, providing much-needed breathing room for European nations living beyond their means and paving the way for Greece to receive an enormous second bailout in the hopes of containing the crisis before it drags the entire continent further into chaos.

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson.
Interview with Hooman Zahrai, chairman of the Institute of Factors and Discounters.
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
An NAB survey showing business confidence slumping in February even as conditions improved.
Consumer sentiment falling
Consumers are increasingly reluctant to take on personal debt, with new figures showing the average credit card limit recorded its slowest growth in 17 years over the past 12 months, according to The Reserve Bank of Australia.

Interview with RMIT economist Alberto Posso
Interview with Don Meij, CEO, Domino’s Pizza

Leon and Garry talk about topics including:
- The Federal Government pushing its mining tax through the Senate as Parliament resumed in Canberra this week.
- Fortecue leading a legal challenge to the mining tax in the High Court.
- The Reserve Bank flagging interest rates in Australia could remain on hold for the next few months as the domestic economy deals with the "significant structural adjustments".

Designer Michael Jan is a fascinating figure in the design world. Trained in Architecture, studying at RMIT, Jan was sidelined early in his career when he discovered the Habitat homewares store in London by Terrence Conran. Returning to Melbourne, he established homewares store House. Jan returned to Architecture establishing JAM Architects with Architect Chris Manton -More recenly, Jan has established his own practice, designing bespoke housing.

http://www.michaeljanstudio.com.au/

Interview with economist Lynne Pezzullo from Deloitte Access Economics
Interview with Russell Ivanovic, founder of Shifty Jell, one of Australia’s leading iPhone, iPad and Android app development companies.
Leon and Garry talk about issue including

In this week's talking design, Stephen Crafti speak with furniture designer John Parker. John started he professional life as a stock broker, but was always interested in design. Eventually he founded Space Furniture, and has since been designing furniture for many years. He now runs Format Furniture in Carlton and is speaking with Stephen about his life in design.

http://www.formatfurniture.com/

Mark Douglas is a leading glass artist. He has been in practice for over two decades and now creates extraordinary lights and glass installations for some of Australia's leading architects and interior designers. More recently he has worked in China, creating large scale glass installations for hotels.

http://www.markdouglassart.com/

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen from Lateral Economics
Interview with Andrew Bennetto, the founder and managing director of EdSoft Interactive, the largest educational e-learning company in Australia.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
- The ACCC creating a monopoly by approving the merger between Foxtel and Austar
- The government going on the offensive over its plans to cut the budget surplus in the face of criticism by economists and big business.

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson.
Interview with Geoff Elwood, founder of the ETech group of companies.

Leon and Garry look at issues including:
- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the Australian economy to expand by three per cent in 2012, as the threat of a sharp global economic slowdown recedes and activity in the United States rises.
- The Greens under former leader Bob Brown could have done a better job of selling their economic vision for Australia, according to the woman who replaced him in the top job.

Interview with RMIT economist Jonathan Boymal
Interview with Phillip Gronvold, product manager at Opera Software, speaking from Norway.

Leon and Garry discuss issues including
Australia's inflation rate easing by more than economists expected. The inflation figures are seen as crucial to the central bank's deliberations on the official interest rate next week. The consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.1 per cent in Australia in the March quarter, for an annual inflation rate of 1.6 per cent, down from 3.1 per cent previously, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.

Ronnen Goren is co-director of Fabio Ongarato -a design led agency that is known for its advertising campaigns. The company no longer sees itself as a traditional graphic design company, but more as a branding company. Fabio Ongarato works with leading designers in Australia + overseas and has worked with major hotel chains, as as the W Hotels in Asia creating extraordinary interiors.

http://www.fodesign.com.au/

Interview with PricewaterhouseCoopers economist Jeremy Cooper
Interview with Steve Quane, executive vice president of Trend Micro, the second biggest Internet security company in the world
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cutting the official cash rate by 50 basis points to 3.75 per cent, beating market consensus of a 25 basis point reduction.
The Australia Institute saying the big four banks save $12 million for each day they don’t pass along the Reserve Bank’s rate cut.

Interview with economist Saul Eslake on the Budget
Interview with Deloitte head of strategy Gerhard Vorster who is also chair of the RMIT Industry Advisory Board
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
Europe is now in for a period of uncertainty with the election of socialist leader Francois Hollande and a parliamentary election in Greece delivering a second hammer blow to Europe's political order, with voters flocking to anti-austerity candidates at the expense of the two traditional ruling parties.

Architect Rodney Egglestone is co-director of March Studio. A relatively new practice, March studio first created 'waves' with its stacked cardboard interior for Aesop in Flinders Lane. The practice have now designed numerous fit-outs for Aesop, including Paris and Switzerland. They are also designing a new boutique in Paris for leading fashion designer Damir Domar

Interview with Patrick Llewellyn, CEO of 99designs
Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson on corporate tax
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
Eurostat figures showing that Europe is edging closer to recession, dragged down by the crippling debt problems of the 17-country euro bloc
The Greek economy contracting 6.5 per cent in the first quarter
A senior German MP declaring that Germany will block any new aid to ailing Greece if Athens does not fully comply with the terms of previous rescue packages, even if other countries support unlocking funds

RMIT Social and Environmental Enterprise Developments (SEEDS) helped an RMIT student develop a profitable business providing low cost energy alternatives to suburban communities.

RMIT Social and Environmental Enterprise Developments (SEEDS) helped an RMIT student develop a profitable business providing low cost energy alternatives to suburban communities.

RMIT Social and Environmental Enterprise Developments (SEEDS) have helped African Women and an RMIT student develop a new business venture using recycled materials

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson
Interview with Illumination Solar founder Shane Thatcher - www.illuminationsolar.com
Leon and Garry talk about issues including
- Conflicting polls about the response to the Federal Budget with some saying voters reject it and others pointing to a small lift in the government’s standing.
- Treasurer Wayne Swan reassuring business the federal government is still on the case to reform the tax system, despite ditching a promised cut in the corporate tax rate in last week's federal budget.


Interview with David Cunningham who founded near field communications company Tapit.
Interview with RMIT economist Jonathan Boymal

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
Australia living up to its nickname of "the lucky country", with a new OECD survey marking it as the happiest industrialised nation in the world based on criteria such as jobs, income and health.
But the top economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is warning that the 17-country eurozone risks falling into a "severe recession"

Mardi Doherty is co-director of Doherty Lynch, an Interior Design Practice based in Melbourne. A graduate of RMIT's Interior Design program, Doherty worked for Chris Connell for several years before moving to London to work with leading design practices. Her business partner, Interior Designer Fiona Lynch, worked for JCB Architects before forming her own practice with Doherty.

http://www.dohertylynch.com

Interview with John Casella, CEO of Casella Wines
Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
how the debt crisis that has ravaged Europe for the best part of three years has exposed a dislike of the single currency but little desire to abandon it. The big worry now is Spain overtaking broken Greece as the new flashpoint for the wobbling Eurozone.

Paul Barclay from ABC’s Radio National leads the discussion between Dr Bruno Mascitelli, President of the Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA); H.E. Mr Sven-Olof Petersson, Ambassador of Sweden to Australia and H.E. Mr Patrick Renault, Ambassador of Belgium to Australia.

"Australia and Europe in Conversation" took place at the EU Centre at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

Interview with Frank Farrall, lead partner of Deloitte Digital

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

Top European finance ministers vowing to respond "speedily" to the continent's debt crisis as Spain pleaded for help for its struggling banking system so as to avoid a full and humbling bailout. Billionaire investor George Soros meanwhile says Europe has three months to save the Eurozone.

Interview with Dave Stevens, managing director of Brennann IT about his business.
Interview with Jeremy Thorpe, economist with PricewaterhouseCoopers
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
Spain being given a eurozone lifeline of up to €100 billion ($A128 billion) to save its stricken banks and Greece going to the elections which will determine its future in the Eurozone, with massive implications for the global economy.

Interview with Kevin Dwyer, management consultant from The Change Factory
Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
The situation in Greece with a new pro-bailout government, Spain’s debt problems, the G20 meeting in Mexico and Europe’s problems pushing the Australian dollar to a six week high. The US Federal Reserve has decided to extend existing stimulus measures until the end of the year, in a bid to tackle subpar US jobs growth.

Interview with Adina Jacobs, founder of STM Bags.

Interview with RMIT economist Jonathan Boymal.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
The EU summit, Greece’s tribulations, Spain and Cyprus asking for bailouts, Moody’s downgrading 28 Spanish banks and the Bank for International Settlements backing a pan-European banking system
Australia’s banks now the most profitable in the world but ANZ’s standing with the public has gone down
News Corporation splitting into two companies. The split will separate the company's publishing assets from its entertainment businesses.

Architect Fiona Winzar is know for her bespoke homes, many of which have received awards. Whether it's the conversion of a modest cottage into a family home or extending a larger home for a family, each detail is meticulously conceived.

http://www.fionawinzar.com/

Interview with Innes Willox, CEO of the Australian Industry Group
Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry discuss the latest issues including:
The latest eurozone deal bolstering world markets hoping for a long-term solution to the debt crisis
Greece facing a worse-than-expected recession
US manufacturing shrinking
The International Monetary Fund paring its growth forecast for the US economy
Growth in China's manufacturing activity falling to a seven-month low
Barclays Banks losing its chairman and CEO because of the rate rigging scandal

Interview with Andrew Birt from IT incubator AngelCube
Interview with economist Jeremy Thorpe from PricewaterhouseCoopers
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
The eurozone offering Spain an initial €30 billion to help its distressed banks. This comes as Spain's borrowing costs on its benchmark 10-year bond hits the critical seven per cent level
China's trade surplus rising to 42.9 per cent year-on-year in June as demand from emerging markets offset stagnation in the eurozone and Japan

Interview with RMIT Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Vice-President, Professor Ian Palmer
Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen
Leon and Garry discuss issues including
The International Monetary Fund stepping up its warnings on risks to the global economy, especially from Europe, as it trim its growth forecast for the rest of the year
The European Union's bailout fund working on a 100 billion euro ($A121 billion) package for Spanish banks
Hundreds of firemen, police and nurses demonstrating against Spain's latest austerity plan, a day after thousands hit the streets in protest

Interview with Nick Waterworth, executive chairman and co-founder of recruitment company, the Ambition Group
Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson.
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

A lecture with Dr Gerhard Sabathil: The Asian Century: what it means for the EU and Australia - 30 July 2012

Interview with Craig Scroggie, CEO of Next DC, Australia’s largest data base company

Interview with RMIT economist Jonathan Boymal
Leon and Garry discuss issues including
The leaders of Germany and France adding their weight to the battle to preserve the European single currency, issuing a joint statement promising to do everything they can to stop the 17-country bloc from breaking up.
Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics office, revealing that the number of people unemployed across the 17 countries using the Euro has hit a record high in June.

Architect Peter Malat is a director of Six Degrees, an architectural practice formed more than 20 years ago. The award winning practice were one of the first to use second hand materials in their designs and bringing sustainability to the wider public.

Interview with Danny Gorog, founder and chief executive of Melbourne-based Outware, one of the largest and most successful mobile app developers in Australia.
Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen on introducing competition for Australian banks
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

Interview with economist Saul EslakeF on the Australian dollar
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
Greece's creditors saying it must cut €14 billion ($A16.56 billion) from its budget in the next two years, €2.5 billion more than they originally demanded while Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras declares Greece intends to stay in the Eurozone
The European Central Bank (ECB) considering buying the bonds of crisis-wracked eurozone countries to ensure borrowing costs do not rise beyond a pre-determined level

CJ Lim is Professor and Vice-Dean at the Bartlett, University College London and the founding director of the multi-disciplinary and international award-winning Studio 8 Architects. His practice encompasses sustainable urban planning, architecture and landscape, focusing on interpretations of social, cultural and environmental programmes. CJ has produced award winning eco-urban planning designs for sustainable cities in China and Korean and speculative projects for Victoria + Albert Museum London, Berkshire Medical Heritage Centre UK and the Aga Khan Foundation.

Interview with RMIT economist Jonathan Boymal on the impact of the carbon tax and future of the mining industry
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
Total net profit for China's major industrial companies declined during the month of July
Spain falling deeper into a recession and moving closer to a full bailout while German Chancellor Angela Merkel offers a ray of hope to Greece Friday, stressing that she wanted the debt-burdened country to stay in the Eurozone and pledging German help after crisis talks. At the same time, German business optimism is falling more than expected

Interview with Ruslan Kogan from Kogan Electronics
Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
·         Hopeful signs that the Eurozone economy might be picking up with better than expected figures on unemployment, manufacturing and inflation and Greece’s finance ministry says Greece narrowing its public deficit to 6.6 per cent of output in 2012
·         Unemployment in the United States ticking up in January and the labour market having a better year in 2012 than previously estimated

Interview with Neil Campbell from Dimension Data
Interview with RMIT economist Jonathan Boymal

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· Leading members of the European Parliament threatening to veto the seven-year budget agreement reached by government heads 10 days ago, seeking more money for Europe as they prepare for negotiations on a final deal.

· US President Barack Obama cranking up the blame game over "meat cleaver" budget cuts due in 10 days, painting a dire picture of damage looming for the US economy and accusing Republicans of refusing to deal.

Interview with British Telecom Customer Experience Futurologist Nicola Millard
Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· The EU Commission saying the EU recession is worse than we thought

· Italy at an impasse after an election seen as crucial for the eurozone failed to produce a clear winner and provided a shock debut for a populist anti-austerity party, rattling world markets and setting off alarm bells across Europe.

Interview with Jefferson Harcourt from Grey Innovation
Interview with RMIT economist Alberto Posso
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· EU governments delaying a decision to introduce controversial bank bonus caps after Britain, partly backed by Germany, sought adjustments in extra-time negotiations.

· Leaders from both sides of the bitterly divided United States Congress optimistic about a funding bill averting a possible government shutdown at the end of the month.

Interview with
Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· Eurozone unemployment running at a record 12 per cent in February, with more than 19 million people on the dole

· Signs of a pickup in the US economy with US economic growth in the fourth quarter faster than originally thought at 0.4 per cent and manufacturing growing. As a result, Wall Street has hit a record high

· Manufacturing activity in China growing at its fastest pace in almost a year

Interview with Xero Australia's Managing Director Chris Ridd
Interview with economist Alberto Posso

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

· The US labour market being much weaker than expected in March, with the economy adding only 88,000 jobs, a third of the number in February and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke saying the United States economy still has a long way to go to recover to an acceptable state of health

· China posting a shock trade deficit in March, against expectations of a trade surplus

The centrepiece of RMIT University’s $700 million capital investment program, the Swanston Academic Building, is today being officially launched by RMIT alumnus Jacques Nasser AO, Chairman of BHP Billiton.

The Swanston Academic Building (SAB), a 35,000 square metre, 11-storey educational facility, contains innovative lecture theatres, classrooms and specialist spaces that support the most advanced teaching and learning methodologies.

RMIT's Swanston Academic Building. Photo: John Gollings.

Interview with Colin McCabe of Red Hat
Interview with RMIT economist Jonathan Boymal
Leon and Garry talk about issue including:

Interview with Tom Griffith from Emma and Tom’s juice company. Griffith, who started his career as a chartered accountant, talks about how he started the company.

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson.

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

The talk addresses the question of the public interest in payments – the public good provided by the means of value transfer, and whether and how the state’s monopoly of the legitimate means of exchange (state-issued currency) is challenged by new, private payment infrastructures, which
often “ride the rails” of public systems. The case study is mobile phone-enabled banking and payment, heralded as a boon for “financial inclusion,” the formalizing of informal or the “cash only” world.

Interview with La Porchetta CEO Sara Pantaleo, a former Franchise Woman of the Year (2010) and a Telstra Business Woman of the Year Finalist (2012).

Interview with PricewaterhouseCoopers economist Jeremy Thorpe.

Leon and Garry discuss issue including:

Interview with Danny Gorog, head of app development company Outwear

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· The Eurozone's private sector shrinking for the 15th consecutive month in April – suggesting the single currency area will fall deeper into recession but Portugal receives a boost from investors with its bond sale

Interview with Asanga Wanigatunga, End User Computing Expert from VMware Australia on the impact of the bring-your-own-device movement

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas on the Federal Budget

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· Chinese retail sales and industrial production growing in April on the previous month, in a promising sign of activity in the world's second-biggest economy after a slow start to the year.

Interview with Dan Flynn, founder of Thank You Water
Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson on Tony Abbott’s Budget  In Reply Speech
 
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
·         US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke telling Congress that it is too soon to end the central bank's monetary stimulus programme or raise interest rates.
·         The Bank of Japan holding off introducing new easing measures
 
 

Interview with Bernard Salt, demographer at KPMG
Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen talking about Ford and Australia’s car industry
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

Interview with Nicole Kersh from Australian IT retailer 4Cabling

Interview with economist Saul Eslake

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· Unemployment in Europe hitting a record high in April of 19.38 million while the International Monetary Fund lowers its forecast for German growth this year

· Growth in China's non-manufacturing economy slowing in May

· The US trade deficit growing in April and US manufacturing activity contracting

· Australia's manufacturing sector extending declines for the 23rd consecutive month in May

Interview with Jeetu Patel, General Manager, Syncplicity Business Unit at EMC

Interview with RMIT economist Jonathan Boymal

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) saying banks have done their bit to help economic recovery and governments must do more.

· China's financial system convulsing in the throes of a cash squeeze, with interbank lending rates spiking and bank-to-bank borrowing stalling, as the government tries to restructure the economy and punish speculators.

Interview with Lee Hawksley from email marketing and cross channel marketing firm ExactTarget
Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· President Obama indicating that Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke will be leaving his post in September. Fed indicates stimulus will continue

· Construction of new United States homes rebounding modestly in May from a plunge the prior month

· British 12-month inflation accelerating to 2.7 per cent in May, rebounding from a seven-month low point struck in April

Interview with Nick Simcock, Managing Director of Futurestep’s New Zealand business and member of Futurestep’s Global RPO Leadership team.

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· Official figures showing unemployment across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro reaches another record high in May. Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, says that eurozone unemployment rose 0.1 percentage point in May to 12.1 per cent.

Interview with John Calabro (director, Made in Gippsland) and Marcus Westbury (director, Renew Newcastle) - How are new industries helping to revitalise regional areas?

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson regarding Chris Bowen's Treasury history, Wayne Swan's 'legacy' and other economic issues.

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

Interview with Kosmas Smyrnios from RMIT with Lucio Dana and Sue Prestney from MGI
Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· The OECD warning that unemployment in the eurozone is set to hit a record 12.3 per cent in 2014

Interview with Susan Heron, managing director of the Australian branch ADP, an American provider of business outsourcing solutions
Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe planning to reboot the Japanese economy following his massive victory in the elections

· Chinese Premier Li Keqiang saying that 7 per cent GDP growth in China is the bottom line for tolerance of an economic slowdown

· Signs of a pickup in the United States housing market.

Interview with Tom Tobin from Tobin Brothers

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
The International Monetary Fund releasing €1.72 billion ($A2.48 billion) in aid for Greece after completing a review of the country's performance under the international rescue program.
China's central bank injecting 17 billion yuan ($A3.06 billion) into the domestic banking system after a liquidity squeeze rocked financial markets in the world's second-largest economy last month.

Interview with Gary Swart from oDesk, the largest online workplace for freelancers
Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· China being stuck in low growth with activity in China's services continuing to expand modestly in July

· Signs that the Eurozone might be emerging from the recession with key growth indicators giving a surprisingly strong showing although the IMF says Spain will be stuck with an unemployment rate above 25 per cent for at least five more years

Interview with Allen Cullen from Cullen Capital
Interview with economist Saul Eslake
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· Data showing the Eurozone is emerging from its worst recession on record

· Japan disappointing markets with its gross domestic product growing by 0.6 per cent in the second-quarter of 2013, less than expected

· United States retail sales edging up in July despite a drop in car sales.

Interview with retirement specialist Bernard Kelly
Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon Gettler and Garry Barker discuss issue including :

Leon and Garry talk to Phillip Osborne and Geoff Boxer about how the accounting industry has adapted to the Government's financial planning reforms.
For information on RMIT's RG 146 Financial Compliance course, which can be done online, visit http://bit.ly/17no3wT or call +61 3 9925 8111.

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· The US Congress being urged to raise the limit of its debt ceiling which it will hit in mid-October

nterview with Rajiv Shah, communications, data and security solutions director at BAE Systems Detica Australia on risks of the BYOD movement

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen on promises that could have been made in the election campaign, but weren’t.

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

Interview with Michael Overell, from RecruitLoop, Australian recruitment industry startup which has just opened an office in the United States

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas on the future direction of interest rates and Australia’s GDP

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

· Introducing the iPhone 5s. Faster with a dual-LED flash, the much-vaunted fingerprint scanner on the home button and iBeacon. And then there’s the cheaper 5c

Interview with Bevan Mailman. The brother of actress Deb Mailman, Bevan is a lawyer working with indigenous business and he talks here about their challenges.
Interview with economist Francis Grey
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· World Bank president Jim Yong Kim saying China is likely to achieve its growth target of 7.5 per cent this year despite planned structural reforms to rebalance the world's second-largest economy

Interview with Tim Brown who helped start e-commerce site, Goodz.com.au, sourcing quality products directly from China, which has grown into www.360dsc.com, a supply chain solutions business for various third party sales and group buying sites in 11 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. The business now employs more than 100 people and helps local Australian and New Zealand consumers get better deals online.

Interview with PricewaterhouseCoopers economist Jeremy Thorpe

Interview with Clive Rabie, the CEO of accounting software company Reckon
Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
- How Tony Abbott as Prime Minister will impact industry, especially the Beef Industry
- The US government shutdown: lessons from history, and how this could affect Australia.

Interview with the Small Business Minister Bruce Billson. He reveals the Abbott’s government’s plans to revitalise small business.

Interview with economist Saul Eslake on housing prices and bubbles

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

Interview with Dean Williams, managing director of Williams 3D which provides 3D printing services, also known as additive manufacturing, to Australian business

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen on the ecology of innovation

Leon and Garry look at issues including:

Interview with Andy Sheats, founder and CEO of online health insurance company health.com.au

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas about the state of the US economy and its impact on Australia. He says the Australian dollar is heading to parity

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

Interview with Paul Rosenberg who founded Party Higher, an events company that specialises in SILENT DISCOS where everyone gets headphones that provide music.

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson on the Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

Interview with Sam Chandler, CEO and founder of now international software company Nitro, second only to Adobe in the PDF/digital document market.

Interview with RMIT economist Jonathan Boymal
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

Interview with Bruce Hansen, a lawyer, who in partnership with a policeman has started a company called Anaconda which is tackling the global international roaming SIM card business.
Interview with economist Francis Grey on the economics of carbon
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

Interview with Doug Sleeter from the Sleeter Group as he talks about the impact of technology on accounting.
Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen on public private partnerships
Leon and Garry analyse issues including:

Interview with Andrew Bassat, CEO and co-founder of seek.com.au
Interview with RMIT Economics professor Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· China's manufacturing growth in November maintaining strong pace from the previous month to stay at a 19-month high. The purchasing managers' index (PMI) was at 51.4, unchanged from October, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

Interview with motoring industry consultant and commentator Ian Porter
Interview with economist Steven Koukoulas
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:

Interview with McAfee Asia-Pacific chief technology officer Sean Duca and economist Steven Koukoulas
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· The gloom from fund managers about emerging markets

· The end of the Ben Bernanke era at the US Federal Reserve

· Britain's economy growing last year at the fastest rate since before the financial crisis and German business confidence rising

· Tips that Chinese investment in commercial property in Australia will grow by at least 30 per cent this year

Interview with Gabby Leibovich, co-founder and director of Catch Of The Day
Interview with economist Francis Grey
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· China's official gauge of its manufacturing sector slipping to a five-month low, US manufacturing activity stalling and a rise in consumer prices slowing across the world's largest economies in December, fuelling concerns that too little inflation, rather than too much, could threaten the global economy's fragile recovery.

Ziggy Switkowski outlines how the NBN is shaping. He says it’s on schedule and the costs will be contained. It will hit top speeds. He outlines the schedule of when it should be operational and how the costs will be managed

Interview with motor industry specialist Ian Porter on the state of the Australian car industry

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· China unveiling rules aimed at making sure banks keep on hand enough cash and other liquid assets after three credit squeezes hit the nation's financial system last year.

· Construction of new homes in the US tumbling 16 per cent

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· China's manufacturing growth falling to an eight-month low in February, reflecting further weakening in the world's second-largest economy but China's government pledges to deliver economic growth of about 7.5 per cent this year

Interview with Bryce Dunn, Senior Vice President, Global Product Management at recruitment firm PageUp People
Interview with PricewaterhouseCoopers economist Jeremy Thorpe

Leon and Garry talk about issue including:

Interview with economist Francis Grey on the economic fallout from the Ukraine crisis
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· China loosening its grip on its currency and accelerating exchange rate reforms while US industrial production rebounds in February. At the same time however, wheat prices are rising on the back of events in the Ukraine

· The Abbott government planning changes to speed up an FTA with China and a fight is looming with a proposed $670 million restructuring of the GST which will leave Victoria and WA worse off.

Interview with Tony Nicholson, CEO of the Brotherhood of St Laurence on youth unemployment
Interview with RMIT professor Sinclair Davidson on the GST
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· Businesses in the 18 nations that share the euro cutting their prices at the sharpest pace since July, German business confidence slumping in the wake of the Ukraine crisis and weak readings from China’s manufacturing sector

· A Deloitte report outlining the key areas of growth for the Australian economy in the post-mining boom

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas
Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· China’s five biggest banks collectively writing off RMB59 billion ($US9.5bn) in debts that could not be collected in 2013, representing a 127 per cent increase on the previous year. At the same time, activity in China's manufacturing sector slowed for the third straight month in March

· Australia's standing as a global trade competitor has tumbled with exporters dogged by regulatory barriers.

Interview with Gus Hashem from Diamond Emporium, an online jewellery business
Interview with economist Francis Grey on China
Leon and Garry discuss issues including:
· Forecasting bodies saying that the eurozone economy is expected to recover steadily in the first quarter of this year with growth of 0.4 per cent pulled by industrial production, but then flag slightly. At the same time, the IMF is saying global growth will be slightly lower than forecast in January

· An analysis of the Free Trade Agreements negotiated by the Abbott Government with Japan and Korea

Interview with Abigail Forsyth, founder and CEO of KeepCup

Interview with economist Steven Koukoulas

Leon and Garry discuss including
· The Eurozone central bank hinting at going into territory where no central bank has gone before and creating negative interest rates while the World Trade Organisation says global trade will grow at double the rate it did last year at 4.7 per cent

· The Abbott government facing a tough battle to ease foreign investment restrictions for the new freed trade agreements