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    Gene therapy is still in its infancy but the future looks bright


    Merlin Crossley |  October 17, 2018


    Once genetic lesions for diseases such as cystic fibrosis and haemophilia were identified, the idea of replacing or correcting defective genes grew into what we now call “gene therapy” but when will the promise of cures become a reality?


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    Ending sexual violence as a weapon of war


    Jacqui True |  October 17, 2018


    The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege in recognition of their personal struggles to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.


  • Environment

    Modelling the tsunami threat to Sydney


    Open Forum |  October 17, 2018


    Whirlpools at the Spit, inundation of Manly Corso and major disruptions are possible impacts revealed in a first-of-its-kind study into the tsunami threat to all of Sydney Harbour.


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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.

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    Cultural Melting Pot: Productive Diversity in the Workplace

    Warren Reed     |      August 25, 2008

    Scratch most Australian organisations and you'll discover a productive diversity that's too good to miss.

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    Working smarter

    msweeks@cisco.com     |      August 25, 2008

    With a rich mix of work tools and capabilities, you can be as productive in the office, at home, in hotel rooms and airport lounges all around the world. 

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    Flexibility – Just do it

    Juliet Bourke     |      August 22, 2008

    Implementing flexibility is a challenge and may require some "hand-holding", especially for managers who have not gone through their own flexibility experience.

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    Predicting tomorrow’s skills requirements, today

    Amanda Green     |      August 21, 2008

    The country that produces the best equipped talent pool to work in the global economy will receive the cream of the world's work.

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    Tired old cliché’s the greatest obstacles to flexible work practices

    Kate Rimer     |      August 21, 2008

    Women can balance challenging interesting careers with motherhood so long as their employers are willing to look at different arrangements in terms of work practices.

    Since joining then workforce in the mid 1980’s, I have often experienced the mindsets and assumptions that are barriers to combining work, family and flexibility – often through recruitment processes.

    In 1988, I was shocked when in an interview for my first role in HR and I was asked if I planned to have children and what did my husband think of my working if I had a family.

    I was saddened when 15 years later in 2003, these questions were asked again. I was being reference checked for my role at Mallesons and a referee was asked if having a young child (Ben) had hindered my efforts or quality of work.  My referee explained that I had  volunteered to go on secondment to London for five months with Ben (who was 2.5 yrs at the time) to work on that major project.