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  • Telecommunications: When the future calls how will you answer?

    Fergus Neilson     |      October 16, 2011

    There was once a time when people were unable to carry on conversations using voice telephones. Many years of innovation have brought us to where we are today – in a world dominated by a variety of communication devices. What will the technology of the future look like?

    When I was hitch-hiking around the US and Canada as a university student in the late sixties, I sent just two postcards home to my mother during the entire two months I was away.

    Now the gap-year children of my school friends won’t let a day slip without texting or skypeing home. Ten years ago there were no iPhones or iPads. Now they are universal and Apple was briefly, during the first week of August 2011, the most valuable company in the world by market capitalisation.

  • Changing Gear: Preparing for a different world

    Hon. Lindsay Tanner     |      October 13, 2011

    The Hon. Lindsay Tanner, Special Advisor to Lazard and former Federal Minister for Finance and Deregulation, delivered the following address at Global Access Partners’ National Economic Review 2011: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit in Sydney on Friday 16 September 2011.

    The core theme of today’s discussion is ‘Changing Gear: Preparing for a different world’, and hanging from this is of course the impact of demography. As Keith Suter pointed out, it’s not true to say that demography is destiny. But, to steal a concept from Paul Goodman, demography is an awful lot of destiny.

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    ACS Cyber White Paper Consultation Forums

    editor     |      October 12, 2011

    ACS Cyber Consultation logoDuring the week of 17 October, the ACS Cyber Task Force, in association with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, is hosting a series of forums across Australia to gauge public opinion on the key opportunities, priorities and challenges in cyberspace.

    The consultation seeks input on a discussion paper “Connecting with Confidence, Optimising Australia’s Digital Future” released last month by the Australian Government.

  • World Sight Day: Eliminating treatable blindness around the world

    Jennifer Gersbeck     |      October 12, 2011

    It’s easy to dwell on the challenges that we face in eliminating preventable and treatable blindness around the world.

    We know that more than 285 million people are blind or vision impaired and some of our closest neighbours in the Asia Pacific region are among those living with needless blindness every day. We have all seen the pictures which show that blindness and poverty are closely related.

    But on World Sight Day, when we turn our attention to eye health and how blindness can be prevented, it’s also worth noting the positive impact that Australian foreign aid and expertise is having in restoring sight and enhancing the capacity of many developing countries to help them look after their own health needs in years to come.

  • Evidence Speaks – It’s a Scam

    David Evans     |      October 11, 2011

    The term global warming is used to describe the rise in the average temperature of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. But as Dr David Evans argues in his speech at the "No election" rally at Langley Park in Perth on Sunday 18 Sept, it has wrongly become synonymous as an indication of man-made climate change.

    Global warming has become a scam. Let me explain how it works.

    It has superficial plausibility. Yes, global warming is occurring. Yes, carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and levels are rising. And yes, every molecule of carbon dioxide we emit causes some global warming.

  • Getting smart about energy infrastructure

    James Bangay     |      October 11, 2011

    James Bangay, General Manager – ROAMES, at Ergon Energy, delivered the following opening address at Global Access Partners’ National Economic Review 2011: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit on Friday 16 September.

  • Strengthening Australia’s infrastructure

    Dr Ian Watt     |      October 11, 2011

    Dr Ian Watt AO, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, delivered the following address at Global Access Partners’ National Economic Review 2011: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit on Friday 16 September 2011.

    Infrastructure is a term that helpfully groups together net structures and systems that ensure a society can function well, from its telephone connections and airports to its school buildings and hospital technology. Strengthening Australia’s infrastructure has been an important priority for Australian governments for a very long period of time.

  • There is a spatial revolution coming

    Peter Woodgate     |      October 11, 2011

    Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), Peter Woodgate, delivered the following opening address at Global Access Partners' National Economic Review 2011: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit on Friday 16 September 2011.

  • Invest in health now for a better future

    Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AO     |      October 11, 2011

    Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, a General Medical Practitioner and Chair of Council of the World Medical Association, delivered the following address at Global Access Partners’ National Economic Review 2011: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit on Friday 16 September 2011.

    Health is very important to all Australians. The wellbeing of the nation extends beyond good health, ill health, clinical care, and beyond illness prevention to core parameters such as productivity, economic growth, confidence and the state of our own society. There are many social determinants of health that affect this, like nutrition.

  • Healthcare: We all have to play a major role

    Alan Castleman     |      October 11, 2011

  • NSW Government: Committed to addressing the challenges posed by demographic trends

    Hon. Andrew Stoner     |      October 10, 2011

    The NSW Deputy Premier, the Hon. Andrew Stoner MP, delivered the following opening address at Global Access Partners’ National Economic Review 2011: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit on Friday 16 September 2011.

    As Australia’s largest and most diverse economy, home to 32% of the country’s population, New South Wales should play a role in any national debate on the subject of growth.

    The NSW economy is larger than many national economies in the Asia Pacific, including Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, and our workforce is 3.5 million strong.

    Sydney — the business hub of Australia — accounts for almost one quarter of Australia’s total annual output of goods and services.

  • Cyber Security: The bedrock for a better society or a cookie jar for scammers, terrorists and commercial opportunists?

    Fergus Neilson     |      October 9, 2011

    The rise of the digital economy has brought with it a host of new issues surrounding cyber security. Like other countries around the world, Australia is still grappling with its cyber safety future.