• Security

    All planned out

    Andrew Carr |  March 19, 2019

    The Defence Department faces the choice of either sticking with the certainty of insufficient funding or undertaking the whole planning process once again and hoping the next ‘certain’ figure will be more meaningful.

  • Health

    Protecting the world from pandemics

    Anders Furze |  March 19, 2019

    Creating mathematical and computational models of infectious diseases such as pandemic flu gives governments and health policy-makers a toolkit to predict and respond to the threats posed by potential pandemics.

  • Energy and Environment

    Why Bitcoin can never be green

    Open Forum |  March 19, 2019

    While the initial frenzy has faded, Bitcoin mining still consumes as much as energy as the whole of Denmark around the world and even constant renewable sources such as hydropower cannot balance its environmental impact.

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    Australian Business & IT Storage Emissions

    simon.elisha     |      August 14, 2008

    In the past, IT departments never saw the power bill – all this has now changed, and well-proven technologies are being marshalled to address the issue of cost and carbon.

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    Making flexibility mainstream

    Elizabeth Broderick     |      August 14, 2008

    Work place flexibility is about looking for different models of success, rather than creating roles only for individuals, apparently with no extraneous caring responsibilities, who can provide a 24/7 commitment to their paid work.

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    Special role of computers in assisting the wide range of children’ s learning abilities

    foggy     |      August 12, 2008

    Children need to be taught etiquette and ethics regarding internet communications. It would be a good idea if the school teachers have a degree in education with teacher’ s training,as well as a degree in ICT.

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    Global Warming Science Moves On

    David Evans     |      August 12, 2008

    There is no evidence that carbon emissions cause significant global warming. None.

    On global warming, public policy is where the science was in 1998. Due to new evidence, science has since moved off in a different direction.

    The UN science body on this matter, the IPCC, is a political body composed mainly of bureaucrats. So far it has resisted acknowledging the new evidence. But as Lord Keynes famously asked, "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?"

    Four things have changed since 1998.

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    We speak the same language, but that doesn’t mean we understand each other

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      August 11, 2008

    Our environment is what makes and shapes us.

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    Rewards and rewarding experiences of using PCs in schools.

    foggy     |      August 7, 2008

    I think there is a trend to 'reward' children when they perform well, and it cannot be more emphasised, to teach the children computer basics.

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    Can I Enjoy a Guilt-free Olympics?

    joelkatz     |      August 7, 2008

    Although we must remain vigilant, and put pressure on China to improve its human rights’ record, we can also allow them their time in the sun. And, as most people recognise, the sun is just rising over China.

    There’s an undeniable economic and cultural shift towards East Asia, and particularly China. Australians have to tear themselves away from the Anglo-European centric cultural position we’ve held since this young country’s birth. Do we really need French in school? Don’t quote me on this, but I’ve a hunch that learning Mandarin might get you further in your professional career.

    But to change tack slightly… or quite significantly.

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    Reasons for Optimism

    Kate Rimer     |      August 7, 2008

    Many women with children who take on the big roles, have a secret weapon – flexible husbands.

    For almost 20 years I have worked in financial services and professional services. I am also mum to Ben (6 yrs) and Abbey (2yrs). I have been the main breadwinner for my family the past 7 years. What I share today is one person’s experience but I think the themes are common to the experiences of many women (and men) across many industries. We are in still in the first or maybe for some second generation of flexible work for most organisations. We have a lot to learn, but essentially I am cautiously optimistic about the ability to bring greater flexibility to the workplace.

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    Workforce Planning at Every Level

    sally.rose     |      August 6, 2008

    "There needs to be a significant shift in who’s in charge of driving the labour market. What industry needs is a better fundamental understanding, and then a systematic approach to planning. Then industry will be able to drive the direction of the labour market" (Julie Sloan).

    Julie Sloan of JSM management consulting is a well regarded Australian expert in the field of workforce planning.  Author of the book ‘An introduction to Workforce Planning – are you ready for crunch time’?, as well as the principal author of the first ‘Guidelines on Workforce Planning’ for Standards Australia launched in April 2008. 

    I asked Sloan how she felt about the call for a National Workforce Planning Strategy.

    Sloan "strongly supports" the idea.  "It is vital that this issue is high on the agenda now, with a view to having national standards in place by 2009".

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    Advance Australia Fair

    Anne Summers     |      August 5, 2008

    Will women be better off under the Rudd government?

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    PCs in schools: Assure a value added preparation for the future workforce

    foggy     |      August 2, 2008

    Definite stuff. And why not? We expect either too much from a computer or too little. Just tell me,how many spheres of our activities like banks, police, news dailies’ offices, shopping centres, engineering firms, computer science learning centres themselves and IT learning centres, has the computer completely taken over? Can you imagine a giant monitor […]

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    Parting Seas for guest workers unlikely

    Matthew Tukaki     |      July 31, 2008

    The following article relates to the development of a guest worker scheme for Pacific Islanders to fill job gaps in unskilled labour areas.