• Society

    Behavioural economics in times of uncertainty

    Peter Fritz |  July 14, 2020

    The new edition of the Journal of Behavioural Economics and Social Systems explores the potential of Second Track processes to tackle wicked problems by focusing on several specific examples, from mergers and acquisitions, responses to the pandemic and university-industry collaborations to Pacific development, disruptive technologies and workforce transformation.

  • Human Interest

    Two leaders with the right stuff

    Ian Munro |  July 14, 2020

    Gladys Berejiklian and Sally Capp, the winners of the 2019 McKinnon Political Prize for Political Leadership, have successfully mixed strength with empathy in recent years.

  • Business

    Saving Melbourne’s small businesses 

    John Vaz |  July 14, 2020

    Six more weeks of lockdown for Melbourne’s five million residents will kill off many small and medium-sized businesses unless there are critical changes to federal and state government assistance policies.

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  • Science Week aims to inspire

    editor     |      August 10, 2012

    Australians will be encouraged to celebrate all things science and technology related as the annual National Science Week kicks off on August 11.

  • How do we encourage children to value science?

    Lynne Selwood     |      August 10, 2012

    In spite of recent progress fewer girls pursue careers in science than their male counterparts, effectively shutting the door on a growing jobs market crying out for engineers and computer scientists. Lynne Selwood says all Australian children need to be encouraged to become scientists.

  • Pregnancy discrimination at work still alive and well

    Eliza Bateman     |      August 9, 2012

    When new Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer announced she was pregnant before she even started her high profile job it re-opened an old dialogue about pregnancy and women’s rights in the workplace. Eliza Bateman says it is surprising that in 2012 it still creates controversy.

    On 16 July 2012, Marissa Mayer was appointed CEO of Yahoo! Three hours after her appointment was announced, Mayer disclosed that she was six months pregnant. When asked about maternity leave, Mayer said: "I like to stay in the rhythm of things… My maternity leave will be a few weeks long and I’ll work throughout it."

  • Is an NDIS the sound of a new Australian settlement?

    Craig Wallace     |      August 8, 2012

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to provide disabled people with  the equipment, therapy and support they need. Craig Wallace says the rights-based scheme will be an exciting change.

  • Taming the banks, but at what cost?

    Robert Carling     |      August 7, 2012

    As the world’s financial institutions regroup following the devastating global financial crisis economic policy is under the spotlight. Robert Carling believes many are seeking revenge when they insist on tight new regulations.

    Economic history tells us to expect that major financial crises will be followed by lengthy periods of sub-par economic growth, or worse.

    The performance of the global economy – and particularly the US and Europe – in the wake of the global financial crisis is consistent with the lessons of history. There is, thus, a certain inevitability about the pain they (and, to a lesser extent, other regions) are experiencing. It is also true, however, that economic policies can make the aftermath of a crisis more or less painful than it needs to be.

  • Uncategorised

    Curiosity takes us further

    Lynne Hughes     |      August 7, 2012

    Earth and Mars (Getty Images)When NASA’s  Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, landed on the surface of the red planet on Monday it was not only a giant step forward for science, it also signalled the restart of the famous ‘space race’ with Russia.

    US President Obama said the landing "will stand as a point of national pride far into the future."  But the US faces strong competition from Russia, which is reportedly planning to develop a network of research facilities on Mars, a manned mission to the moon and probes to Venus and Jupiter, by the year 2030.

  • The erosion of privacy for jobseekers

    Carolyn Smith     |      August 6, 2012

    It's a fine line between private and public these days and some jobseekers have found that out the hard way. Carolyn Smith says that while many may lament the widespread Googling of candidates it's the reality of the modern jobs market.

  • Uncategorised

    Homelessness Week looks for reasons

    editor     |      August 6, 2012

    Homeless person (Getty Images)Homelessness Australia is promoting awareness of the reasons behind homelessness during Homeless Persons’ Week, which runs from 6-12 August.

  • What Gives? Corporate investment in communities

    Joanne Schofield     |      August 3, 2012

    Businesses are not traditionally thought of as investors in community, but the reality is that more are showing an interest in corporate citizenship and responsibility. Jo-anne Schofield says the sector is hampered by a lack of guidance about what constitutes good practice in community investment.

    Philanthropy is probably not a topic that’s agonised over in the board rooms of corporate Australia, but behind the scenes, some of our biggest companies performers are investing large sums in community initiatives.

    Unlike their mega-wealthy overseas counterparts who have set up high profile foundations to tackle global health and poverty, Australian firms appear to be quietly going about their giving.

  • Roller Derby embodies a community spirit

    Lethal     |      August 2, 2012

    The sport of roller derby may have its origins in America’s banked-track roller skating marathons of the 1930s, but today’s participants are thoroughly modern. Lethal says the sport ticks all the boxes for her with it’s full-contact rules and community spirit.

  • Accessible taxis missing in action

    Tricia Malowney     |      August 1, 2012

    Although response times for accessible taxis should be the same as for other taxis it’s not something that is enforced. Tricia Malowney says governments around Australia need to ensure more taxis suit the needs of the disabled.

  • Australia, clever country or nitwit nation?

    Donald Meyers     |      July 31, 2012

    A lot has changed in Australian tertiary education in the past decades and not all of it has been good for the country, says Donald Meyers. He looks at the impact of reforms on our academic standards.

    Prior to 1990, Australian universities enrolled students largely from the top 20% of high school leavers. All degree programs had academic entry requirements.

    The “reforms” imposed on universities by the Hawke government in the late 1980s in the name of “access” and “equity” provided the perverse incentive to enrol large numbers of students, irrespective of ability, as the easiest way to generate income. A number of institutions now routinely enrol many students from the bottom half of high school leavers.