• Society

    Paternal perceptions

    Alistair Thomson |  August 23, 2019

    New research is examining the evolution of Australian fatherhood and family responsibilities over the past 100 years.

  • International

    Hong Kong: The canary in the coal mine

    Brendan Clift |  August 23, 2019

    Hong Kong continues to be wracked by civil unrest as its people protest against Chinese oppression. How did it come to this, what does it signal, and where is it likely to end?

  • Business

    That Instagram post may cost you more than you think

    Chris Culnane |  August 23, 2019

    We don’t really know how social media posts are being used or evaluated by banks. We need greater transparency around exactly how our data will be used and the ability to challenge decisions.

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  • Long-term Disability Care and Support Scheme report released today

    Les Pickett     |      August 10, 2011

    The Australian Government Productivity Commission report on a long-term disability care and support scheme released today. Read the Executive Summary or Full Report.

    Most families and individuals cannot adequately prepare for the risk and financial impact of significant disability. The costs of lifetime care can be so substantial that the risks and costs need to be pooled.

    The current disability support system is underfunded, unfair, fragmented, and inefficient, and gives people with a disability little choice and no certainty of access to appropriate supports. The stresses on the system are growing, with rising costs for all governments.

  • Cloud Standards: What, Why, How and Who

    Bob Hayward     |      August 9, 2011

    Bob Hayward, chief technology & innovation office CSC Australia & CSC Asia delivered  the following address at Global Access Partner’s Workshop on Cloud Computing in Sydney on Friday 24 June 2011.

    Standards are really important. We wouldn’t have the internet if it wasn’t for standards. Those of us that have been in the industry a long time can recall even things like TCP and IP; the fundamental plumbing of the internet. It was a standard. It wasn’t until that standard became adopted and endorsed and used that we really had interoperability across networks.

  • Latest highlights

    editor     |      August 9, 2011

    • Making headway in 25 years of Daffodil Day -Dr Andrew Penman »» Today on the 25th anniversary of Daffodil Day, we celebrate hope. Hope for better outcomes for cancer patients, hope for better understanding of all cancers and ultimately, hope for a cancer free future.

  • Caring for Older Australians report released today

    Les Pickett     |      August 8, 2011

  • Let’s create a Constitution free from racial discrimination

    Jacqueline Phillips     |      August 8, 2011

    Jacqueline Phillips, National Director of ANTaR, a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's rights and reconciliation advocacy organisation, highlights the importance of International Day of the World's Indigenous People for the Australian Constitution.

    The Australian Constitution forms the basis of our laws and political system. In fact, it has been described as the ‘fabric’ of our nation. Given this, most Australians would be surprised to learn that our Constitution permits racial discrimination. They might also think that its silence regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, status and rights reflects an outdated (and racist) blindness from which we have matured as a nation.

  • Implications of Cloud Computing for Consumers

    Peter Kell     |      August 7, 2011

    Peter Kell, Deputy Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) delivered the following presentation at the Global Access Partners Workshop on Cloud Computing on 24 June 2011.

    Cloud Computing offers clear benefits and opportunities for consumers. However, it will be important for regulators to facilitate appropriate market conduct to ensure that these benefits are achieved. In this context cloud computing poses some new regulatory challenges for all stakeholders to ensure consumers remain adequately protected. 

    The ACCC will be closely watching key areas of interest as Cloud computing becomes more widespread. The ACCC’s aim in consumer protection regulation is to ensure that consumers can benefit from innovation and competition through minimising the impact of market failures, information problems and rogue traders.

  • Data in the cloud

    Timothy Pilgrim     |      August 5, 2011

    Technological advancements and the protection of personal information are not irreconcilable goals. When we take the effort to implement new technologies correctly, they can actually be complementary.

    Take cloud computing[i], whereby the computing capabilities from an organisation or agency’s in-house facility are transferred to third parties, generally using the internet to transport data.

    Cloud computing can raise important privacy questions such as:

  • The trouble with pessimism

    patrickcallioni     |      August 4, 2011

    This week I will be considering the plague of pessimism that appears to be infecting our media, aided and abetted by that spreader of (often concocted) bad news, the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott.

    Am I the only one who can see that pessimism about our present and our future is largely unwarranted? Am I the only one who can see that if we stay on this path of gloom we will do our nation enormous damage?

    Surely not, but reading the press or watching TV I get that impression, sometimes. 

    What I see and hear is one tale of gloom after another, with each would be opinion leader striving to outdo all others in denigrating our country, our government and our capacity to think for ourselves.

  • Historical insights into the Census

    Les Pickett     |      August 3, 2011

    Australia’s national census will take place on Tuesday 9 August and celebrates 100 years of information gathering.
    Around 14.2 million census forms will be delivered to Australia’s 9.8 million households with more than 46 million pages of data transported and processed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Almost 30 per cent of the population are expected to fill out their forms online using eCensus.

    The first population counts of Australia were known as musters and were conducted as early as 1788. Musters involved all members of the community gathering at specified locations to be counted. These were important as a means of matching food and other supplies to the number of people needing them. From 1795 the convict population was mustered on an annual basis.

  • Best Practice for Cloud Security and Privacy

    Alan Bennett     |      August 2, 2011

    Alan Bennett, vice president, Enterprise Services Hewlett-Packard South Pacific delivered the following address at Global Access Partner’s Workshop on Cloud Computing in Sydney on Friday 24 June 2011.

  • Government and business policies for the cloud computing era

    Paul Strassmann     |      August 1, 2011

    Professor Paul. A Strassmann delivered the following keynote address at Global Access Partner’s Workshop on Cloud Computing in Sydney on Friday 24 June 2011.

  • Friendship can inspire peace

    Bronwyn Polson     |      July 29, 2011

    In April 2011, the United Nations declared July 30 to be the International Day of Friendship.  When I mentioned this to a friend, he scoffed: Why would the United Nations make a fuss over something as trivial as friendship?  To those who might share his incredulity, consider the potential of friendship to inspire peace.