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    Productivity Commission gets Web 2.0

    editor     |      December 20, 2009

    The Productivity Commision has entered the wonderful world of Gov 2.0 with the launch of a blog designed to gather feedback on the recently released Draft Report into Market Mechanisms for Recovering Water in the Murray-Darling Basin. Check it out at »»

  • Where does all the money go?

    Sara Hudson     |      December 20, 2009

    In the last 12 years, Commonwealth funding for Indigenous specific health programs has increased by 328% with no noticeable improvements in Indigenous health outcomes.

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    ALP Pollie blogs against Mandatory ISP filtering

    editor     |      December 20, 2009

    The Hon Penny Sharpe MLC, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, is urging all Australians who oppose mandatory internet filtering to contact both Senator Stephen Conroy and their local MP to make their views known. Read her blog, Why The Internet filter is not the solution we wish it was »»

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    Vlogs for Health Reform

    editor     |      December 20, 2009

    The team at have created a nifty video wall. Watch what patients and healthcare professionals are saying about the proposed National Health and Hospitals reform, or upload your own video here »»

  • The R18+ rating, internet censorship, and our local games industry

    Paul Callaghan     |      December 18, 2009

    The double whammy of policy announcements on clean-feed and classifications mean that it's been a big week for the Australian gaming industry.

    On December 15, 2009, the Attorney General’s office release their long delayed public consultation paper on introducing an R18+ rating for video games in Australia. Later that same day, Stephen Conroy finally released his office’s report on mandatory ISP level filtering. In combination, the flow-on effects from both of these policy developments has the potential for broad and unforeseen consequences on the future of our local game development community.

  • Combating Climate Change Deniers: Simple Responses

    Brad Gray     |      December 16, 2009

    Heard the one about cosmic rays? Got a climate change doubter in your family? Not sure how to respond when they criticise climate science? Read these scientific responses to the most common sceptics’ arguments and you’ll be ready for anything.

    To tackle the issues raised by climate change deniers, a new report has been prepared with scientific responses to common climate change objections. Objections to climate change "have been repeatedly shown to be false, weak or irrelevant in the peer-reviewed scientific literature,” says the author, scientist Dr Parris.

    For instance, it is FALSE that ‘Climate change is due to the effects of cosmic rays’. The latest scientific research suggests any effect from cosmic rays is too small to play a significant role in climate change.

  • Are skilled people the new Legion of the Lost?

    Les Pickett     |      December 16, 2009

    One of the greatest challenges facing organisations is how best to harness the great wealth of under-utilised knowledge and experience that is progressively walking out the door.

    Every time someone leaves an organisation there is the potential for a loss of know-how.

    Sometimes, in the cases where the long serving are departing, the culture of the organisation also dies a little.

    People change jobs, the average length of employment in one organisation in Australia is around three years and seems to be reducing: they retire, often earlier than has been the case; or resign for a variety of reasons. Some are retrenched or sacked.

    There is an increasing pool of people with a range of competencies in the community that provide an opportunity to reduce the much touted skills gap. The trick is to match the demand and the supply, but nobody knows what the true supply situation really is.

  • Girlfriends or natural socialists?

    Luke Malpass     |      December 15, 2009

    Ever heard the tired old cliché about women always wanting a man they can change, and men always wanting a woman who will not?

  • Empowering individuals to control their personal information

    Malcolm Crompton     |      December 11, 2009

    Here is a seriously interesting paper that came out of the UK a year ago: “Empowering individuals to control their personal information”.  It is a background paper presented to a conference on Privacy by Design which was all about providing a proactive approach to privacy protection.  It was held on 26 November 2008 and hosted by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office in Manchester.

  • The Digital Revolution to drive Business@100Mbps

    Jim McKerlie     |      December 9, 2009

    The Digital Revolution is having a profound impact worldwide in terms of social, economic, psychological, technological, and regulatory changes and interactions. Not since the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions have we seen such fundamental changes occurring in and unlike these “evolutionary” events the Digital Revolution is happening at breakneck speed.

  • What Prime Minister Rudd’s Asia Pacific Community Conference delivered

    Peter Drysdale     |      December 6, 2009

    This editorial is published with the kind permission of the East Asia Forum.

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    Realising Our Broadband Future: Consultation Open

    editor     |      December 2, 2009

    A National Summit “Realising Our Broadband Future”, was convened by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) on 10-11 December at the University of NSW. The five discussion streams were: smart infrastructure, digital education, e-Community, e-Health & e-Business.

    It’s not to late to get involved. Watch the webcasts. Add to the Wiki. Follow and Tweet #bbfuture.

    For all the info visit