• 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.


Latest Story

  • Getting closer to Base Camp: the sherpa’s are unpacking the tents

    Malcolm Crompton     |      May 25, 2011

    Privacy will finally be on the agenda of the next G8 meeting. In an encouraging sign G8 leaders’ ‘sherpas’ (or policy emissaries) are on the job to help them scale the issue.

    I wrote a blog in March titled Towards a Global Privacy Framework: Arriving at Base Camp.  The basis for making this statement was that, "Privacy is becoming a global leadership issue at last" because the first announcement had just come out from the CNIL that privacy would be on the agenda of the next G8 meeting for the first time.

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    Stilgherrian: On stage for the Microsoft Politics and Technology Forum

    editor     |      May 20, 2011

    Stilgherrian I’ve attended the previous two Microsoft Politics & Technology Forums in Canberra as their guest, but this year there’s a difference. I’ll be on stage. The date is 1 June 2011. The venue is the Parliament House Theatrette.

    And it’s free. Register here, the ticket code is ‘dale’.

    Read more at Stilgherrian’s blog.

  • Practice makes perfect and other benefits of mature-aged workers

    John Kirk     |      May 20, 2011

  • Let’s break the population taboo

    Ulrike Schuermann     |      May 19, 2011

  • A BERD in the hand

    Nicholas Gruen     |      May 19, 2011

    On 5 May 2011 The Australian Business Foundation released The BERD in the hand: Supporting Business Investment in Research and Development which I authored.

    Both Narelle Kennedy of the Australian Business Foundation and myself were members of the Cutler Review which proposed changing the existing R&D tax concession. The paper argues that the government’s proposed scheme is a big improvement on the status quo. It is likely to boost R&D undertaken by small businesses and it gives Australia more value for money from its R&D spend.

    You can download the full report from the Australian Business Foundation here.

  • The nanny state and class war

    patrickcallioni     |      May 19, 2011

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    Politics & Technology

    editor     |      May 19, 2011

    Iain Dale"Yes, blogs are good. So is Facebook. So is Youtube. Even Twitter has its uses, but if a candidate doesn’t get to grips with email communication he or she should be deselected". Register for FREE to hear Iain Dale’s Keynote (ticket code ‘dale’).

  • Big Data: Our Future or Censor?

    Malcolm Crompton     |      May 18, 2011

    Can we gain from the enormous economic benefits of Big Data while maintaining privacy? Is it time for an ethical approach to Search and Personalisation?

    We have a choice in front of us:  Big Data is emerging as one of THE Big Issues.

    It has immense potential to provide us with economic gain, offer individuals free and made-just-for-them services, drive innovation and much, much more.

    So where is the catch?

    And yes, there is a catch or two.  Just like so many ‘too good to be true’ stories, we need to be careful that this one too doesn’t end up that way.

    Here are three evidence points.

  • Can we afford $40 a tonne for carbon?

    John Kirk     |      May 17, 2011

    Our challenge is to pin-point what the tipping  price is to motivate Australian industry to start innovating.

    Much of the debate in the news over the last few days has been over the actual price of the soon to be carbon tax. It has been suggested that a tax of $40 will be the going rate whilst Labor Party Minister Combet says that it will start at much less than that.

  • A sustainable trend

    Fiona MacDonald     |      May 15, 2011

    Despite popular thought, there is a more down-to-earth side of the Sydney Fashion Weekend, it's a new trend which has been labelled 'eco-fashion' presenting the sustainable side of fashion.

    With Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) over for another year and every self-respecting style enthusiast left dreaming of a new wardrobe, Fashion Weekend descends upon Sydney. It’s a glamorous experience with runway shows, champagne and designer pieces. But at heart, it’s a shopping event – an excuse for Sydney-siders to put their money where their mind is and consume.

  • Press freedom and the protection of children

    Campbell Reid     |      May 6, 2011

  • Carbon Tax: Getting our value from the revenue

    John Kirk     |      May 1, 2011

    The introduction of a carbon price has been one of the more controversial decisions from the federal government’s Clean Energy Future plan. John Kirk will be keeping a close eye on where the revenue raised from this tax goes.

    Do we need a price on carbon emissions?  In my opinion there is no doubt that it is necessary. The big question is how to make sure Australia derives the most benefit from funds raised through the tax.

    The only way we as a community will begin to understand the ramifications of our individual carbon emissions is to have a price put on them.  Will this stop us from using electricity, driving cars, or continuing to use products that require intensive carbon emissions?  Not if history is an indicator.