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    Innovation is for everyone

    Brad Howarth |  October 15, 2019

    It’s generally accepted that Australia could be doing more to lift its rate of innovation, but assigning responsibility to one group alone is unlikely to solve the problem and may be the reason we find ourselves in our current malaise.

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    Selling surfing’s soul

    David Gilbert |  October 15, 2019

    The corporate high-performance, merchandise-heavy, social media-driven vision of modern surfing won’t be one shared by most wave riders on Australia’s beaches this summer.

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    Contractor safety is good for business

    Stella Ryne |  October 15, 2019

    Over 30 Australian construction workers are killed through falls, vehicle accidents, being hit by objects or contact with electricity every year, and more than 10,000 are seriously injured. It’s the most dangerous job in Australia and it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep things safe on every building site.

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    Creating a Global Compact

    Matthew Tukaki     |      July 22, 2008

    Responsible business practices can in many ways build trust and social capital, contributing to broad-based development and sustainable markets.

    As many of you know, I have been a strong and passionate advocate of the work of the United Nations, as it has applied to matters relating to governance, intellectual property and the protection of rights, particularly for small business. More recently I have taken the decision to align my business interests with those of the United Nations through the signing of the United Nations Global Compact. I am pleased to inform SansGov partners and clients that this morning I signed the final remaining letter of intent from the UN Secretary General in order for SansGov to become a full member of the Compact. You may wonder what the Compact is all about and perhaps, more importantly, what it means to you as a client or as a partner.

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    What’s next on the agenda after the Pope?

    jim.macnamara     |      July 22, 2008

    An ever-widening mediascape brings the hope that a greater plurality of views, issues and attributes will see the light of public attention.

    Last week while the Pope was in Sydney and World Youth Day dominated the media agenda, the founding father of media agenda-setting flew in for a quick visit after speaking at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference in New Zealand and, while attracting a much smaller audience, had some interesting things to say.

    Professor Max McCombs who gained worldwide attention in 1972 after publishing research with his colleague Donald Shaw showing media set the agenda of issues during the 1968 US Presidential election, has evolved his views since, but says the media are still setting and framing the agenda of issues and debate.

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    Solar Compressed Air, Sequestration of CO2 and Coal Exports

    Jim Staples     |      July 21, 2008

    Whatever course we adopt, it will cost. I make the following proposals for laws and expenditure to meet the menace of global warming brought on by the burning of coal and oil:

    1. Postpone the introduction of carbon trading until after the next  Federal election. We need more time for the formation of a public consensus and  sound community support for meaningful action,  for something more than mere soft support for laws that will keep the government in office. The political imperative may well lie elsewhere.

    2.  Side by side with a licensing and carbon trading regime, we need taxes of the nature of ground rent of mine sites and of an excise on coal produced for use, or for domestic and export markets.

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    Beyond the Greenwash – can we ensure Global Sustainability?

    Ronald Forbes     |      July 21, 2008

    This is the first blog in a ‘Sustainability Insight' online series created by the Society for Sustainable Business – a group of business and academic professionals motivated to provide leadership to accelerate the change to an economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially healthy society.

    This is the first blog in a ‘Sustainability Insight' online series created by the Society for Sustainable Business – a group of business and academic professionals motivated to provide leadership to accelerate the change to an economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially healthy society.

    As the pressure to be green and to do green, heats up, we run into two major questions:

    1. What criteria do we use to choose the route we follow?

    2. How do we know that we are successful?

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    E-Health system

    foggy     |      July 20, 2008

    With the click of a button e-health system will answer all the needs of all in the health care picture as it exists. That is wishful thinking.

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    Thank you to all survey takers so far

    JoeyPin     |      July 18, 2008

    The response to our survey "Houses and Humpies" has been tremendously huge. A great big "thank you" to everyone out there who has participated.. your contribution to this task has meant a lot to us, and we will do our best in writing up the results from this. Statistics will be available for all to […]

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    Green Paper sends no signal for change

    editor     |      July 16, 2008

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    The Rudd Government's Green Paper has failed the test of true leadership by neutralising the carbon price signal and still providing no responsible target, says Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne.

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    Dealing with the Datacentre power usage

    David Blumanis     |      July 16, 2008

    Power and cooling are becoming part of the IT strategy for the first time in history.

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    Overlooking Facts on Fact-Finding Missions

    Warren Reed     |      July 16, 2008

    Fact-finding missions are often driven by a quest for grand ideas, especially of the type that looks good when you present on them on return. They mightn't ultimately lead anywhere, but they can be helpful to promotion in the short term.

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    Emissions Trading in the age of IT, how will it affect your business?

    Simon Hayes     |      July 16, 2008

    Regulation for large organisations and pressure from supply chain partners for smaller organisations are the key drivers for Green in the IT space.

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    Kill the Car or Kill Us

    Oscar Lima     |      July 16, 2008

    Oscar LimaWhy is the Federal Government so inert on policies that can be easily implemented and that will certainly have an enormous impact on emissions immediately?

    Despite all the glossy rhetoric of our Prime Minister and Penny Wong, nothing, excluding lip service, has been done so far, to attack the looming menace of Global Warming.

    There are many powerful economic interests wanting to maintain the status quo: Car Manufactures, Oil Companies, the Carbon industry.

    All of them want to implement a carbon trading system in which those with enough cash will be able to continue polluting and the rest of us will have to curtail consumption.

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    What is a Spatially Enabled Government?

    Gary Nairn     |      July 15, 2008

    Imagine a spatially enabled tax office that would have real-time information on owners, land identity, geo-coded address, interests and transactions as they occur – or a spatially enabled Centrelink which could minimise fraud and overpayments…