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    How Regulators Can Learn From Business

    Joe Tripodi     |      September 3, 2008

    Working with business, rather than over the top of them, reduces costs to government, encourages private sector expertise and contributes to economic growth.

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    The importance of numbers

    Anne Summers     |      September 2, 2008

    It is now commonplace to see women ministers on the nightly news discussing carbon emissions trading schemes, health funding, Indigenous issues and all of the other big policy areas of our time. 

    Women have a new authority that emphasizes the competence they have always had, but not always been allowed to exercise.

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    The Rise of Russia and the next “American Century”

    Matthew Tukaki     |      September 1, 2008

    Have we really seen the end of the "American Century"? Have we entered the "Chinese Century" as our leaders would have us believe? Should we ignore that biting bear nipping at our knees?

    Have we really seen the end of the "American Century"? Have we entered the "Chinese Century" as our leaders would have us believe? Should we ignore that biting bear nipping at our knees?

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    Tackling the pay differential

    Open Forum     |      September 1, 2008

    The Government's new workplace relations system promises to give women, and men, the opportunity to make their work arrangements more family-friendly.

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    International Privacy – some myths exposed

    Peter Ford     |      September 1, 2008

    Australian business needs to recognise its own interests in international privacy protection and take a more active part in the debate.

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    BLOG is not a dirty word

    sally.rose     |      August 29, 2008

    Sally Rose riffs on why your opinion isn't being heard.

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    Planning for the future: the need for a National Workforce Planning Strategy / where education and employment needs collide

    Matthew Tukaki     |      August 28, 2008

    If we are honestly going to confront the major education and employment challenges we face today and in the next ten years, we need all the stakeholders involved.

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    Capturing Green Innovation

    Gerard Florian     |      August 28, 2008

    There are potentially hundreds, if not thousands of ways in which we can reduce ICT’s consumption of energy – we just don’t have the mechanism to capture this innovation, quantify its environmental benefit and share it with corporate Australia.

    One of the areas of focus for my role at Dimension Data is Green IT, and in that capacity I have attended or spoken at a number of ICT and climate change conferences over the past 12 months. At these events I’ve found that there is always at least one amazing green concept or innovation presented – but once the conference is over, what happens to those ideas?

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    Focused retention strategies key to attracting the workforce of the future

    Kate Sykes     |      August 28, 2008

    Making flexibility work should not be the sole responsibility of the employer. Employees should be provided with a business case proposal that prompts them to think about issues such as work gaps as a result of reduced hours, and the impact it will have on clients, team members, and the organisation. 

    Research shows that it’s not just the traditional students and working parents that are demanding workplace flexibility; generation Y through to Baby Boomers want more time in their busy life schedules to pursue other interests apart from work. This has led to an increase in organisations adjusting their workplace policies to specifically and separately address flexible workplace arrangements. What is sometimes missing is the acknowledgement that students, generation Y, working parents and baby boomers are all at different life stages and there are subtle differences in the needs, challenges and requirements of each group.

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    School of Hard Knocks for Cambodia’s Street Kids

    joelkatz     |      August 26, 2008

    They possess an uncanny ability to regurgitate memorised lines in multiple languages in an effort to squeeze out a few laughs and perhaps a few dollars from besieged tourists, but without the basic fundamentals of a quality education, it’s questionable how far these street smarts will take Cambodia’s kids.

    On a recent trip to Cambodia, my travelling partner and I were constantly harassed by street kids trying to sell tacky trinkets or squeeze us for a few dollars. Sure, we felt like grazing gazelles on the African savannah being constantly stalked by hungry hyenas, but it was hard not to succumb to the street kids’ wily charm. After chatting with a few of these little guys, we discovered that they were full of untapped potential, and we’re sure if given half a chance they’d have bright futures. Shame is those opportunities rarely arise. Here’s a little snapshot of our experience:

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    Reflections on time in Cape York

    Tony Abbott     |      August 26, 2008

    Thanks to the humane realism applied by people like Pearson and former ALP national president Warren Mundine, there's now more ground for optimism about Aboriginal policy than for many years.

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    Government PR from a journalists’ point of view

    Brad Norington     |      August 26, 2008

    Transparency and openness in government apply not only to governmental data and records, but also to the relationship of the public sector with the media.