• Society

    The shape of far-right extremism in Australia

    Clive Williams |  March 23, 2019

    Right-wing politicians like Pauline Hanson and Fraser Anning have tapped into popular concerns about immigration for political purposes, but in the process have probably generated recruits for extremist organisations.

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    Backlash and gender fatigue – Why progress on gender equality has slowed

    Sue Williamson |  March 23, 2019

    The MeToo movement has swept the globe, but women’s equality issues are increasingly facing opposition. The increasing push-back in society against gender equality issues is also spreading into the workplace.

  • Health

    Data sharing by popular health apps is “routine”

    Open Forum |  March 23, 2019

    Mobile health apps are a booming market targeted at both patients and health professionals. However these apps also pose unprecedented risk to consumers’ privacy given their ability to collect sensitive user data of great value to commercial interests.

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    Social networks in organizations: balancing risk, reward, and transparency

    Ross Dawson     |      April 22, 2008

    Lack of transparency has a negative impact on the company’s value.

    A rather popular topic these days is the risks to organizations of using social networks. An article in today’s Australian Financial Review examines the issue in detail, with an interview of me (excerpted below) hopefully balancing out the other opinions expressed in the article. Unfortunately the way I was quoted seemed to overemphasize my cautions relative to the benefits I discussed.

    I am finding it very tiresome to continuously hear security consultants and vendors with big PR budgets go on endlessly about risks, without ever mentioning business benefits. This drone gets into executives’ heads, and as a result discussion of social networks – and many other potentially valuable business tools – focuses on risk and not benefit.

    My Enterprise 2.0 Governance Framework explicitly addresses risks, benefits, and actions. It is critical to acknowledge, understand, and minimize risk, but executives are equally culpable if they ignore business value as if they ignore risk.

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    Can the ads

    editor     |      April 22, 2008

    Justine Hodge

    Last week the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) released its revised ‘Advertising to Children Code’ heralding "major changes". This was a great opportunity for the advertising industry to demonstrate corporate responsibility and to attempt to make significant impact towards improving the health of Australian children.

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    International Students (ELICOS)

    neil roberts     |      April 21, 2008

    According to the ABS: "Education services provided in Australia to international students were valued at over $9 billion in export earnings in the financial year 2004–05. This was the third highest export for Australia, and generated more than wool ($2.3 billion), wheat ($3.2 billion) and beef ($4.5 billion) in terms of value." http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts This is […]

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    Climate Change / Sustainability

    CourtG     |      April 21, 2008

    1.  CSIRO / Uni Alternative fuels / engines research with success qualifying for incentives & extensive IP rights to ensure the fruits of the research see the light of day! 2.  Biomass fuels developed from landfills / tips for both power generation and transport fuel requirements, soas not to dedicate farmland to the provision of growing […]

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    Controlling excessive financial rewards to public company board members

    KEITH O A JONES     |      April 20, 2008

    Criticism some time ago resulted in the treasurer of the day, Mr Costello, saying it was up to the shareholders to vote against the excessive rewards to public company board members.

    The average shareholder does not have the power to do this. He or she is outnumbered by the number of shares being voted by the fund managers.

    It should be made necessary (possible in this electronic day and age) for the fund managers to approach the people whose funds they are managing to obtain thier direction as to how to vote their shares. 

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    Australia, Ethanol and its dependence of Crude Oil

    GavanS     |      April 20, 2008

    The most impressive thing about search engines is that one can quickly find relative topics on subjects of interest within milliseconds. With 1000 "brain-stormers" in action on the weekend, I'm totally stunned  there is not a mention of Ethanol apart from the fact that one Australian car manufacturer is working towards exporting cars that include […]

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    HECS and Stopping the Brain Drain

    Robert_Pitts     |      April 20, 2008

    Putting HECS payments into a trust fund and potentially rolling them over into superannuation may help to slow or prevent the "Brain Drain" from Australia.

    There has been much talk about the HECS debt burden placed on students and how much it impacts on their lives. However, Australia suffers another problem with many of our best graduates being drawn overseas to pursue careers because of better remuneration.

    An alternative which might help to address both of these problems would be to maintain HECS fees in trust for a period of say ten years after graduation. After that time, if the graduate has residence and a job within Australia, the HECS monies plus interest are rolled into the graduate’s superannuation fund.

    If however the graduate is employed outside Australia by a foreign company, their initial HECS fee is retained by the government for the benefit of Australia.

  • User Centric ID management – Heading for New Zealand

    Malcolm Crompton     |      April 19, 2008

    The upcoming identity conference in New Zealand is going to be a high spot for ID management in this part of the world; indeed anywhere.

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    Fair go for the over 45’s

    Catriona     |      April 18, 2008

    The government should create mandatory protection for any investment or business purchase made by a person who is investing life savings or the family home.  If the investment is being made by an over 45 individual then this advice should be free but also tax deductable for every one.  Independent banking and legal advice should […]

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    proposal to ease longterm rental for public housing

    studio24     |      April 18, 2008

    To eliviate the chronic housing shortage in Australia I propose a system where public investments is tied to public realestate, where industries and companies who flote a share issue on the stockmarket are required to invest a fixed percentage of the raised capital into realestate for public rental purposes. ownership is retained as part of […]

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    De link Tax collection and Welfare payments

    TheTribe     |      April 18, 2008

    Many people in society including myself support the idea of "From those according to their ability to pay and to those according to their need".

    However in reality what we actually practice is "To those according to their ability to pay".

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    A “Business” approach to the business of Social Inclusion

    mbagshaw     |      April 18, 2008

    By Dr Mark Bagshaw

    Social Inclusion has emerged at the top of Australia's political agenda, and the business sector in "making complex things happen" has much to offer.

    After such a long, dark period in Australia's social development history, it feels so good to feel the warmth of the social inclusion agenda. Michael Chaney, until recently the President of the Business Council of Australia, couldn't have said it better in his final address at the BCA Annual Dinner last year when he said that, after a significant period of change that had delivered enormous benefits for the business sector and those who benefit most from its success personally, it is now time that our wealthy nation applied its capacity to make things happen to sorting out some of the nation's most pressing social challenges.

    And to me it doesn't matter what the driving force for this shift in thinking is-the economic imperative of the skills shortage, pressure from those who have been excluded, or a genuine recognition across the community there are real solutions to even our most pressing social problems-the fact is that for the first time in a long time our nation is poised for a new and exciting period of genuine social reform.