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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.

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    Waiting for a real revolution

    Tony Smith     |      August 19, 2008

    We cannot think about raising standards in our schools if we think that teachers don't deserve incentives and rewards for better performance.

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    Spatial Information has a very bright future

    Warwick Watkins     |      August 19, 2008

    The "institutional" barriers and structural failures have hampered the wider understanding and adoption of spatial information across the public and private sectors, and that is one of the greatest challenges we need to address.

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    The ALRC Report on Privacy

    Peter Ford     |      August 19, 2008

    In a digital environment, approval of a data transfer makes about as much sense as approval of an ocean current.

    In its preoccupation with a perceived threat to its independence arising out of the recommendation for a private right of action for invasion of privacy, the media commentary on the ALRC’s Privacy Report has missed its most significant aspects. 

    Among its many recommendations, the following deserve wide public discussion: regulating cross-border data flows; rationalisation of exemptions and exceptions; and uniform privacy principles and national consistency.

    Regulating cross-border data flows

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    Australia’s not so secret shame

    Anne Summers     |      August 17, 2008

    Sexual assaults remain disturbingly prevalent, seem to be increasing and the rates of successful prosecution for these offences is declining.

    Sexual harassment in the work place is a challenge to which we all must rise if women at going to gain access to any kind of economic equality with men. However, the last decade has seen our basic rights to a safe workplace free from harassment seriously challenged politically, legally and culturally. And as a result the incidence of abuse has skyrocketed.

    We know that women still endure constant sexual harassment at work and elsewhere. The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission reported in 2001/02 that there had been a 700 per cent increase in complaints about sexual harassment over the previous ten years.

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    In response to David Evans

    Jim Staples     |      August 15, 2008

    The explanations given  for the melting of the Arctic ice due to the presence of CO2 are at least plausible and so are its consequences upon the Atlantic and the Gulf Stream and thus immediately upon the lives of all the communities of the Northern Hemisphere.

    Evans’ case about the state of the atmosphere needs to be addressed by people of a contrary view to the alarmists and competent in the relevant science.

    I am a skeptic about the changes spoken of on both sides and about the causes and effects spoken of.  I know that in many cases good measurements are the basis of good science. 

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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.