• Education

    Early childhood education is everybody’s business

    Tricia Eadie |  May 22, 2019

    The first five years of life are the most critical for building the foundations for life-long learning, well-being, and health. It is therefore critical we have policy reform and investment in quality early childhood education.

  • Security

    Australia should stop bolstering China’s military

    Alex Joske |  May 22, 2019

    A clear statement that Australia will not increase the war fighting capability of the Chinese military would be common sense and offer a guiding principle for future decision-making.

  • Environment

    Tackling the threat of invasive species

    Linda Broadhurst |  May 22, 2019

    The threat posed by invasive species is often overlooked amid worries over land clearing and climate change, but tackling alien plants and animals which crowd out native species is vital to the future of Australia’s fragile ecosystems.

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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.

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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".