• 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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    Marine network details released

    editor     |      July 15, 2012

    Great Barrier Reef (Getty Images)The Australian Government has finalised the details of its national marine reserve network, following stakeholder consultations and submissions on the draft and with detailed socio-economic assessments.

    The federal government announced in June this year the creation of 44 new marine parks covering more than a third of Australia’s waters, making it the largest marine reserve network on the planet.

    The Director of National Parks is inviting public comment on the proposed Proclamations of Commonwealth marine reserves. The public comment period closes on Monday 10 September 2012.

  • Tackling sporting misconduct not an easy win

    Tim Fuller     |      July 13, 2012

    When high profile sports men and women behave badly it can mean the end of their career. Tim Fuller says behavioural clauses in standard sporting contracts are deliberately vague, resulting in a range of actions which can be interpreted as disreputable.

    A common term applied to any inappropriate behaviour off the sporting field is behavioural misconduct in sport.  It is not a recent development by any means in high level sport. It is just that the publication of behavioural misconduct or off-field conduct is becoming more prevalent.

  • Buy Nothing New encourages conscientious consumption

    Tamara D     |      July 12, 2012

    Social activists protesting against consumerism is a modern day cause, drawing attention to the pitfalls of Affluenza. Tamara DiMattina says the goal is to promote conscientious consumption not the end of the retail sector.

    Recently, Buy Nothing New Month has achieved it’s primary goal of create debate around consumption.

    To be clear, Buy Nothing New Month is about conscientious consumption. It aims to encourage us all to think about how we buy, what and why and to consider the alternatives.  It promotes the second hand economy and the collaborative consumption options we now have access to that save our resources from landfill and extend the life of existing goods. (Time Magazine calls Collaborative Consumption one of the 10 ideas that will change the world.)

  • The Ultimate sporting spirit

    Richard Moore     |      July 11, 2012

    Sports critics often say that modern sport lacks a spirit of fair play and honesty. Richard Moore says there is one sport that operates on a principle of player responsibility when it comes to following the rules and playing fair.

  • Community Radio still connects 40 years on

    Kath Letch     |      July 10, 2012

    Australia's first community radio station, Radio Adelaide, turned 40 this year. There are now more than 300 community stations across Australia and, according to Kath Letch the sector is stronger and more multicultural than ever.

    One of the key findings of the Government’s recent Convergence Review was the importance of local content and the Australian community broadcasting sector has been delivering on that for decades. With Radio Adelaide 101.5FM marking 40years of broadcasting in June, the sector is now stronger and more diverse than ever. 

    I started broadcasting at 6UVS FM (now RTR) in Perth in the late 70’s and by that time the third tier of Australian broadcasting was fully licensed under a legislated public radio broadcasting structure with a handful of stations on-air.

  • Football identity reflection of culture

    Les Murray     |      July 9, 2012

    Australia’s style of football has changed as it has developed as a nation. Today it is characterised by mental fortitude, self-belief and a winning ambition. Les Murray explains why. 

    Australia had no distinctive style for the first 80 years of its football history. It was played just like it was in England, only nowhere near as well.

    But national styles can be fashioned, moulded and altered by migratory movements and this is what happened in Australia, beginning in the 1950s.

    The immigrants from outside Britain that flooded the country during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, brought an influence that would not only change the way the game was played in Australia. That influence would conspire to finally give Australian football a stylistic and cultural identity.

  • Netball is more than just a sport

    NadineCohen1     |      July 6, 2012

    Earlier this week Dianne Jones wrote a blog about the coverage of women’s sport in the Australian media. She discussed the idea that support from gamblers is key to viewer interest and said netball was now Centrebet’s biggest women’s team sport. Netball Australia’s Nadine Cohen wrote this blog in response.

    Firstly, in answer to your question Dianne of whether Netball Australia foresaw an increase in gambling in the sport – of course we saw it coming!! After months of research, engagement and consultation, in March 2012, the Netball Australia Board approved a National Policy on Match Fixing in Netball, an application for recognition as a Sports Controlling Body under the Victorian Legislation has been submitted, and discussions with Sports Betting Operators to enter into Integrity Agreements have been underway for months.

  • Climbing mountains for the Smiddy Challenge

    Katrina Cousins     |      July 5, 2012

    Riding your bicycle through the French Pyrenees might sound like a lovely way to spend a holiday, but when you add in the incentive of raising money for cancer research it just became a challenge. Katrina Cousins shares her experience in the saddle.

    The Pyrenees is my second Smiddy Challenge. The first being the iconic Smiddy brisbane to Townsville Challenge ride last year which raises funds for cancer research. This epic ride began over six years ago with Mark ‘Sharky’ Smoothy challenging himself and two other friends to do the ride in eight days and remember a lost mate – Adam Smiddy. Smiddy was only 26 years old when he succumbed to melanoma.

    I first heard about the iconic Smiddy challenge in 2008 when I moved to Queensland. I had recently completed the Melbourne bay in day (210km) and the Great Ottways (150km) on a newly purchased road bike, so I thought I wasn’t a bad rider.

  • Message in a discarded bottle

    Ian Keirnan     |      July 4, 2012

    As politicians debate the formation of a national container deposit scheme, container manufacturers are as determined to stop it as environmental groups are to support it. Ian Kiernan says it is time we had in place new behaviours that benefit the environment.

  • Coverage of women in sport a gamble

    Dianne Jones     |      July 3, 2012

    Limited media coverage for women's sport means limited commercial opportunities for women's sport. Dianne Jones says female athletes will get their time in the spotlight during the London Olympics, but will it last once the flame has been extinguished?

    Coverage of women’s sports is about to get as good as it gets – but not for long.

    During the Olympics, a cocktail of nationalism, opportunity, success and convenience propels mainstream media coverage of female athletes to record highs. Nationalism because we want to support those competing in our name. Opportunity because, finally, there’s near parity in the number of events open to women and men (women competed in 45 per cent of the events at Beijing). Of course, success and the expectation of it generates coverage. It’s also convenient for journalists when women’s and men’s same-sport events happen in close proximity to each other.

  • Why childcare matters to us all

    Jen Dalitz     |      July 2, 2012

    With the cost of childcare up 11 per cent in the past year the Government moved to address the issue last month at a roundtable meeting with childcare providers and unions. Jen Dalitz says that childcare is an important issue for all Australians.

    Prime Minister Gillard’s rushed childcare summit earlier this month has put the spotlight back on the issue of affordable, quality care and why – like it or not – childcare is an issue for all. 

    There is now wide acceptance that childcare involves a learning and socialising process that provides the vital first step to life-long learning, and that affordable quality care is key to optimising the productivity of Australia’s workforce. 

  • Career development strategy to meet labour needs

    editor     |      July 2, 2012

    The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) is developing a National Career Development Strategy, enabling a more strategic approach to providing improved career development for Australians.