• Infrastructure

    Lost in transit


    Nerissa Hannink |  August 26, 2019


    Australian cities have seen a considerable increase in the work commute since 2002, but the 2019 HILDA survey suggests we have finally reached peak travel times.


  • Culture

    Joining the dots


    Open Forum |  August 26, 2019


    The ‘key player’ concept devised by Professor Yves Zenou offers a window into how social networks influence behaviour.


  • Security

    The hard edge of soft power


    Dom Dwyer |  August 26, 2019


    The original Colombo Plan gave students from Asia and the Pacific a chance to study in Australia, and now a New Colombo Plan is sending Australians abroad to learn from our regional neighbours.


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    Democracy not Disunity

    Douglascomms     |      May 21, 2008

    Let's drop the drivel and find a real story.

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    Salute to the worker, who works for the”Green” cause

    foggy     |      May 20, 2008

    How many people since the planet Earth was created must have had their favorite spots?

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    US soldier refuses to serve in ‘illegal Iraq war’

    editor     |      May 20, 2008

    Andrew BartlettBy Andrew Bartlett

    A US soldier has appeared at Congress, stating his refusal to serve in Iraq, citing grounds that the US military presence there "is unconstitutional and illegal."

    Sergeant Matthis Chiroux had already served in Afghanistan, Germany, Japan, and the Philippines before he was honorably discharged and placed in the reserves, which immunises him against any cheap shots that he is just a coward.  As a reservist, he was due to be deployed next month in Iraq. He's also showing further bravery by staying in the US and opening himself up to charges, rather than heading off to Canada or elsewhere.

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    A comprehensive national feed-in law

    editor     |      May 20, 2008

    Tim HolloBy Tim Hollo

    A new Bill by Greens Senator Christine Milne advocates greater financial support for the commercialisation of renewable energy technologies.

    Against the backdrop of several appalling Rudd Government Budget decisions that will undermine the renewables industry in Australia even further (some of which are detailed here), Christine Milne introduced a Private Member's Bill in the Senate this morning to establish an comprehensive national feed-in law.

    Feed-in laws support the rapid and unlimited growth of the renewables sector by giving certainty to investors, guaranteeing them a market at a set price.

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    The climate Budget betrayal

    editor     |      May 20, 2008

    Christine MilneBy Christine Milne

    Tuesday night's Budget was a slap in the face for all those Australians who voted for the Labor Party at the last election in the belief that a new government would be willing and able to make Australia a true global climate leader.

    From the day he took leadership of the Labor Party, Kevin Rudd worked hard to present himself in contradistinction to John Howard on climate change. Climate was, more than anything else, supposed to be symbolic of the generational change from Howard to Rudd. My warnings at the time, that the Rudd Opposition had not fully digested the science, did not understand what was required, and was not offering well-thought out policy alternatives, did not fit into that narrative and were largely ignored. Hate to say it, but …

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    Measuring Success

    Peter Fritz     |      May 16, 2008

    If someone takes the time to find your number and approach you with an idea or proposal, the very least you can to is return their call.

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    It’s who they are not what they are that makes great Australians really great

    Neil Batt     |      May 15, 2008

    It's the people that matter, not the role.

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    Let kids ‘skin their knees’ to beat Cyberbullying

    editor     |      May 15, 2008

    Jody MelbourneBy Jody Melbourne

    Give your kids freedom on the Internet rather than impose authority or try to limit them.

    The "command and control" approach to keeping children safe from online Cyberbullying is doomed to fail in this age of social networking. Parents need to adopt a high-vigilance, low-touch approach when supporting their children to survive the epidemic of Cyberbullying that is sweeping Australia and many other countries. Last year, South Australian police revealed they were receiving reports of Cyberbullying on an almost daily basis.

    "Cyberbullying" is a term coined to describe the age-old practice of schoolyard bullying extended online, using technology as a tool to harass an individual. Examples of Cyberbullying include spreading nasty rumours by email or online postings; publishing online or emailing embarrassing photos or videos; making abusive comments online; and even threatening or intimidating someone online.

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    The sorry state of our economy

    StephenWilson     |      May 14, 2008

    Who do you get from business — which captain of industry — to enlighten us about the budget?

    Here’s proof positive of the malaise that besets our once-clever country. In the lead-up to the budget last Monday, ABC radio’s “The World Today” interviewed just one senior business identity for their view on what the economy needed from the government. It was Gerry Harvey.

    In a progressive, innovative, competitive country – like Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Ireland or Finland perhaps – you’d expect to hear from CEOs in smart, export-oriented industries, such as biotech, energy, IT or communications. But in Australia, the most influential magnate we have is a consumer goods retailer. Isn't it really pathetic that a country's economy can be so dominated by the retail sector? No wonder the chief economic policy lever in Australia is the blunt instrument of interest rates.

    And to add insult to injury for those of us who wish we were cleverer, when interest rates are hiked to slow things down, the Gerry Harveys of the world proudly proclaim it's not making any difference to them. Nope, sales just keep on keep rising!

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    When interests collide…

    Douglascomms     |      May 14, 2008

    Who comes first, the customer or the shareholder?

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    Define a “Working Family”?

    alison gordon     |      May 14, 2008

    Is the introduction of means testing for welfare payments such as the baby bonus really going to bring us all closer together – or just reinforce a class divide and "us vs. them" mentality? 

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    Combating the skills shortage means rebuilding from within

    Megan Motto     |      May 14, 2008

    Megan Motto

    We need to shift our organisational paradigm to measure our peers and ourselves based on results, not hours spent in the office.

    We have to stop deluding ourselves. We have to let go of this baseless notion that the current skills shortage is somehow cyclical, and that someday soon we'll wake up to an economy where sourcing skilled staff is again a challenge but not an impossibility.

    The problem is now critical. For the third year running a survey of our membership at the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia indicated that up to two thirds of projects are having to be delayed or put off indefinitely due to insufficient personnel to do the job.