• 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.


  • Human Interest

    Cutting food waste – through social media


    Open Forum |  July 14, 2020


    Australians who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 are doing it tough. The bills keep coming in and the family still needs to be fed. Yet the average Australian family continues to waste around $3,000 per year on food that isn’t being eaten.


  • 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.


Latest Story

  • Body Image Blues

    alison gordon     |      January 15, 2010

    As human beings, from both genders and most age groups, we inherently have difficulty complimenting ourselves. We readily, however, jump at the chance to put ourselves down.

  • Remedy Healthcare and Health Reform

    Open Forum     |      January 14, 2010

    This speech was presented by John Meckiff at the GAP/ACHR Congress on Australia’s Health on Monday 30 November 2009.

  • Wave and Tidal Energy R&D Exciting

    foggy     |      January 13, 2010

    Over the weekend I treated myself to a perusal of articles about alternative energy. When I came to wave/tidal energy, I was amazed at the abundance and innovativeness of the devices employed. The Research and Development department is seemingly overbalanced with the number of Universities participating in the programs.

  • Uncategorised

    Applications open for ACCAN Independent Grants Scheme

    olgabodrova     |      January 11, 2010

    Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is calling for applications for their new Independent Grants Scheme which will fund projects to assist ACCAN achieve its strategic goal for available, accessible and affordable communications that enhance the lives of Australian consumers.

  • The market fever index

    patrickcallioni     |      January 7, 2010
    In my forthcoming book, Waves of Change: Managing Global Trends in the Financial Services Industry, due out in May 2010, I suggest that it would be useful for investors, especially unsophisticated investors, to have access to a market fever index.
     
    My proposal is based on the same logic that underpins bushfire warnings: to let people know that while they are free to invest as they please, they ought to be aware of the risk that is inherent in the environment. It is almost impossible for retail investors to have any such awareness as things stand. I am hypothesising that a useful indicator of risk would be the number of items that appear on the World Wide Web that refer to activity in the global financial markets.

  • Sustaining Medicare: Everyone needs to be involved

    Just Stoelwinder     |      January 3, 2010

    This speech was presented by Prof Johannes Stoelwinder, Chair, Health Services Management, School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Monash University, at the the GAP/ACHR Congress on Australia’s Health on Monday, 30 November 2009.

    Is Medicare, as a publicly funded universal health scheme, sustainable over the next 20 plus years?

  • Happy New Year!!!

    sally.rose     |      December 23, 2009

    In a couple of hours I’ll be jumping on a plane for a month long holiday… hooray!

  • Health Reform Priorities from Victoria

    Fran Thorn     |      December 21, 2009

    I attend today on behalf of the Health Minister to provide some opening comments on national health reform.

    I want to commence by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Koolan nation. I would also like to pay my respects to their elders past and present.

    The subject of health reform is one of undoubted national and state significance. Indeed this congress, including its location and the breadth and seniority of the attendance today bears testament to the importance being placed on it.

  • Climate change: a post-COP15 diagnosis

    Will Steffen     |      December 21, 2009

    Not surprisingly, interpretations of the outcome from COP15 range from an outstanding success to an utter disaster, and everything in between.  Political leaders claim a big step forward towards climate protection, while the vast majority of the NGOs who flocked to Copenhagen blast the outcome as, at best, a wasted opportunity.

    In many ways, views on the outcome of COP15 were strongly conditioned by expectations, especially for those who thought that the Copenhagen conference would ‘seal the deal’ for limiting anthropogenic climate change to a temperature rise of no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. But a comprehensive, final agreement was never really in the cards, even months before the meeting itself. The real question was whether COP15 would make enough progress to build unstoppable momentum towards a much tougher, legally binding agreement sometime in the next 6 to 12 months.

  • Reforming Health: What Australian Healthcare might look like in 2015

    Andrew Podger     |      December 21, 2009

    This speech was presented by Andrew Podger on 30 November 2009 at the GAP/ACHR Congress on Australia’s Health.

    Let me paint two scenarios, both positive, based on the Australian Government pursuing substantial elements of the National Health & Hospital Reform Commission’s NHRCC’s recommendations.

    2015 is only five years away, so we should not expect revolutionary change by then. But I am hopeful that sufficient action will have been taken to confirm the future direction of the Australian health system.

    I could of course be wrong.

  • Bedfellows or Combatants: the balance between innovating health technology and maximising the value of the health dollar

    Deborah Waterhouse     |      December 21, 2009

    My name is Deborah Waterhouse and I am the General Manager of Glaxosmithkline (GSK) Australasia. I would like to thank GAP for inviting me to speak today.

    The title I have chosen is Bedfellows or Combatants: the balance between innovating health technology and maximising the value of the health dollar.

  • Uncategorised

    Productivity Commission gets Web 2.0

    editor     |      December 20, 2009

    The Productivity Commision has entered the wonderful world of Gov 2.0 with the launch of a blog designed to gather feedback on the recently released Draft Report into Market Mechanisms for Recovering Water in the Murray-Darling Basin. Check it out at blog.pc.gov.au »»