• International

    Arvanitakis on American politics: Can the Democrats win?

    James Arvanitakis |  February 22, 2020

    The turbulent Democrat primary process has revealed a party at war with itself over its own identity. The winner – whoever it may be – will face a tough struggle to unite the party for the battle that counts against Donald Trump this November.

  • Health

    Fighting weight gain after breast cancer

    Carolyn Ee |  February 22, 2020

    Cancer often causes sharp declines in weight, but after a diagnosis of breast cancer, weight gain in some women can cause further problems over time.

  • Education

    Elite private boys schools in crisis

    George Variyan |  February 22, 2020

    The crisis facing St. Kevin’s College should prompt a public rethink over the culture of private school education, and its wider social consequences.

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  • Encouraging Edupreneurs

    Sheryle Moon     |      September 30, 2009

    Australia needs outstanding teachers. Yet the best and brightest chose careers in finance, medicine or law. Many of those who do choose teaching end up leaving the sector within 3-5 years to take up opportunities in other industries.

  • Xinjiang: Where the Truth Goes to Die

    Erland     |      September 29, 2009

    Believe it or not, Rebiya Kadeer is not the enemy.

    She is not some omnipresent, stalwart leader of separatist forces. She does not single handedly lead terrorists with her every whim. She does not walk on water, nor does she breathe fire.

    Actually, she is a mother of 11; she is also a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, and philanthropist. Rebiya Kadeer is one who seeks peaceful anonymity for the Uyghur people. She has written that she “advocates for the peaceful establishment of self-determination with genuine respect for human rights and democracy.” She is not the problem.

    The problem is that Chinese officials are tacticians when it comes to directing the discourse. Rather than talking about the real issues, we are here debating whether or not Ms. Kadeer is a liar.

  • Mass Collaboration is Driving Specialisation

    yardley     |      September 29, 2009

    It has been 235 years since Adam Smith identified the importance of specialisation, now mass collaboration is taking the potential for innovation to a new level.

    The things we are best at, we enjoy doing.

    The converse is true things we don’t do well we rarely enjoy.

    Most small businesses are built around the passion and expertise of the founder. But there are many tasks that must be done if a small business is to prosper. Do you have to do it all? Should you do it all?

    Back in 2004 Acumentum employed a techo to manage our network. We didn’t want our staff wasting time maintaining PCs. Soon he wanted a more challenging position. We wished him well, advertised and appointed a replacement but a week later he resigned because he got a better offer. Right at that frustrating moment The Grid came to us with a better offer too!

  • Uncategorised

    “Privacy Proofing Your Organisation: for NOW and the Future” – Conference, 14 Oct ’09

    editor     |      September 28, 2009


    Privacy Proofing Your Organisation: for NOW and the Future

    iappANZ Annual Conference, Wednesday, 14 October 2009
    Federation Square Melbourne, Australia


    The International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia and New Zealand (iappANZ) invites you to attend the most important privacy conference to be held this year.

  • Death to Dead Water

    Leighton Jenkins     |      September 28, 2009

    When you turn on your hot water tap at home how long does it take to become warm? It is typical in a kitchen for 2-3 litres to flow before it becomes warm, let alone hot. This water in the pipes between the outlet and the water heater is called “dead water”.

  • The Seven Lies of Kadeer

    Open Forum     |      September 25, 2009

    The July 5 riot that happened in China’s Xinjiang led to 184 dead, about 1,680 wounded, and many public facilities being were destroyed. Among the death, 137 were Han, 46 were Uygur and 1 was Hui. The deadly riot also brought Rebiya Kabeer,  Rebiya Kadeer leader of World Urghur Congress (WUC), into spotlight. China believes the WUC were the planners and instigators of the riot. 

  • The Experiment that May Change the World

    quagga     |      September 24, 2009

    Today a small group of scientists and a technician at Lawrenceville Plasma Physics plan to do a test run of a nuclear fusion device that *may* one day forever change the way we produce electrical power!

    Over the next few years they will experiment with this device to test their theories that they can produce positive net power from the fusion reaction of Boron and Hydrogen. Successfully harnessing the energy of this particular fusion reaction is revolutionary because its reactants and products are common non-radioactive elements.  

    If this machine works as planned it has the potential to revolutionise the power industry because it will produce power at a fraction of the cost of all known current methods in a safe way.

  • Abolishing the States a Step Too Far

    Tony Abbott     |      September 24, 2009

    When I talk publicly about battling the dysfunctional federation most responders want to go much further than I propose and to abolish the states altogether.

    I appreciate that constitutional change can fail because it’s seen not to go far enough as well as because it’s seen to go too far. Witness some direct election republicans’ failure to support the 1999 referendum.

    Still, the supporters of change will often back some movement on the grounds that a little progress is better than none at all. Invariably, the chief obstacle to improving the federation is the number of people who think that change is wrong in principle or that the constitution is inherently sacrosanct.

  • Challenges Facing Entrepreneurship Education

    Karen Wilson     |      September 23, 2009

    In my last blog, Entrepreneurship Education: Unlocking Potential, I wrote about the key success factors of entrepreneurship education.

    Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills are core components to building socially inclusive and highly participatory economies in an increasingly global and competitive world.

    Innovation and economic growth depend on being able to produce future leaders with the skills and attitudes to be entrepreneurial in their professional lives, whether by creating their own companies or innovating in larger organizations. It is imperative to develop entrepreneurial skills, attitudes and behaviours in school systems (primary, secondary, higher and vocational education) reaching across all ages as part of a lifelong learning process.

  • Looking straight past a golden opportunity to get the work/life balance challenge right

    Juliet Bourke     |      September 22, 2009

    I fear we are looking straight past a golden opportunity. For years Australian employees have talked about the need for greater work/life balance (with an emphasis on getting the life side of the equation right), and employers have resisted by raising concerns about whether flexible work practices might hamper productivity and performance. As a result of changes introduced by the Federal Government in the Fair Work Act 2009, from 1 January 2010 we will have access to a National Employment Standard to help resolve these tensions in a practical way.

  • Some Practical Advice for Government to Truly Support Innovation

    Olga Sawtell     |      September 21, 2009

    One of my proudest professional achievements has been the success rate of the start-up companies that were supported during my time as Director of the Federal Government Industry Research and Development Board.

  • Kill a Chicken to Scare the Monkeys

    Sonia Han     |      September 21, 2009

    You would not expect the Australian ambassador to China Geoff Raby to appear at a small university festival concert among a crowd of less than a hundred and stay for the whole four hours till midnight on a Friday night.

    Unless of course it’s Askar Grey Wolf, a rock band from Xinjiang province in China, with eight Uyghur and Han musicians, who performed at the University of Sydney’s Verge Art Festival on September 4.

    There are tensions between the two countries. Then we saw the cautiousness from Australia.