• Politics and Policy

    Is democracy a victim of COVID-19?

    Tom Gerald Daly |  August 13, 2020

    The sidelining of state and federal parliaments during the COVID-19 crisis, and the emergence of a dominant National Cabinet has raised few public concerns, but is it weakening our democracy?

  • Human Interest

    Turning back the clock

    Zachariah Wylde |  August 13, 2020

    As modern medicine improves, so too does our ability to stave off disease. But can we overcome the most inescapable of afflictions – old age? Researchers around the world are trying to find out.

  • Science and Technology

    Robot wars

    Ben Knight |  August 13, 2020

    An armed weapons system capable of making decisions sounds like it’s straight out of a Terminator movie. But once lethal autonomous weapons are out in the world, there could be no turning back.

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    Small business and creating technology ignored by Summit

    editor     |      April 23, 2008

    Russell Yardley

    Small business will provide the majority of new jobs and will be the core innovators in the next decade, says Russell Yardley.

    Having just had my knee operated on last week I spent a good deal of my weekend looking in at the summit on ABC2. It was clearly a wonderful exchange of ideas amongst a well informed and diverse group of people.

    The medical book (as in facebook) idea to share medical information with those who you choose was a clever twist on a proven idea that could solve the problem of the universal medical record that is consuming millions of dollars around the world.

    It was not so much an event to create new ideas (they don't seem to come when requested) but rather a powerful way to sift and sort the best ideas to help create a longer term agenda. I think this was acheived and will prove a substantial challenge for the Liberal Party in the coming few years.

    Nelson did hit on the obvious weakness in the selection of summitteers. In the entire broadcast I did not hear one single speaker raise issues impacting small business. The Productivity stream often spoke of business issues and on business but it was either educators, researchers or big business and they were as was specifically identified in their idea only thinking of the "top 100" businesses in Australia!

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    Social networks in organizations: balancing risk, reward, and transparency

    Ross Dawson     |      April 22, 2008

    Lack of transparency has a negative impact on the company’s value.

    A rather popular topic these days is the risks to organizations of using social networks. An article in today’s Australian Financial Review examines the issue in detail, with an interview of me (excerpted below) hopefully balancing out the other opinions expressed in the article. Unfortunately the way I was quoted seemed to overemphasize my cautions relative to the benefits I discussed.

    I am finding it very tiresome to continuously hear security consultants and vendors with big PR budgets go on endlessly about risks, without ever mentioning business benefits. This drone gets into executives’ heads, and as a result discussion of social networks – and many other potentially valuable business tools – focuses on risk and not benefit.

    My Enterprise 2.0 Governance Framework explicitly addresses risks, benefits, and actions. It is critical to acknowledge, understand, and minimize risk, but executives are equally culpable if they ignore business value as if they ignore risk.

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    Can the ads

    editor     |      April 22, 2008

    Justine Hodge

    Last week the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) released its revised ‘Advertising to Children Code’ heralding "major changes". This was a great opportunity for the advertising industry to demonstrate corporate responsibility and to attempt to make significant impact towards improving the health of Australian children.

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    International Students (ELICOS)

    neil roberts     |      April 21, 2008

    According to the ABS: "Education services provided in Australia to international students were valued at over $9 billion in export earnings in the financial year 2004–05. This was the third highest export for Australia, and generated more than wool ($2.3 billion), wheat ($3.2 billion) and beef ($4.5 billion) in terms of value." http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts This is […]

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    Climate Change / Sustainability

    CourtG     |      April 21, 2008

    1.  CSIRO / Uni Alternative fuels / engines research with success qualifying for incentives & extensive IP rights to ensure the fruits of the research see the light of day! 2.  Biomass fuels developed from landfills / tips for both power generation and transport fuel requirements, soas not to dedicate farmland to the provision of growing […]

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    Controlling excessive financial rewards to public company board members

    KEITH O A JONES     |      April 20, 2008

    Criticism some time ago resulted in the treasurer of the day, Mr Costello, saying it was up to the shareholders to vote against the excessive rewards to public company board members.

    The average shareholder does not have the power to do this. He or she is outnumbered by the number of shares being voted by the fund managers.

    It should be made necessary (possible in this electronic day and age) for the fund managers to approach the people whose funds they are managing to obtain thier direction as to how to vote their shares. 

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    Australia, Ethanol and its dependence of Crude Oil

    GavanS     |      April 20, 2008

    The most impressive thing about search engines is that one can quickly find relative topics on subjects of interest within milliseconds. With 1000 "brain-stormers" in action on the weekend, I'm totally stunned  there is not a mention of Ethanol apart from the fact that one Australian car manufacturer is working towards exporting cars that include […]

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    HECS and Stopping the Brain Drain

    Robert_Pitts     |      April 20, 2008

    Putting HECS payments into a trust fund and potentially rolling them over into superannuation may help to slow or prevent the "Brain Drain" from Australia.

    There has been much talk about the HECS debt burden placed on students and how much it impacts on their lives. However, Australia suffers another problem with many of our best graduates being drawn overseas to pursue careers because of better remuneration.

    An alternative which might help to address both of these problems would be to maintain HECS fees in trust for a period of say ten years after graduation. After that time, if the graduate has residence and a job within Australia, the HECS monies plus interest are rolled into the graduate’s superannuation fund.

    If however the graduate is employed outside Australia by a foreign company, their initial HECS fee is retained by the government for the benefit of Australia.

  • User Centric ID management – Heading for New Zealand

    Malcolm Crompton     |      April 19, 2008

    The upcoming identity conference in New Zealand is going to be a high spot for ID management in this part of the world; indeed anywhere.

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    Fair go for the over 45’s

    Catriona     |      April 18, 2008

    The government should create mandatory protection for any investment or business purchase made by a person who is investing life savings or the family home.  If the investment is being made by an over 45 individual then this advice should be free but also tax deductable for every one.  Independent banking and legal advice should […]

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    proposal to ease longterm rental for public housing

    studio24     |      April 18, 2008

    To eliviate the chronic housing shortage in Australia I propose a system where public investments is tied to public realestate, where industries and companies who flote a share issue on the stockmarket are required to invest a fixed percentage of the raised capital into realestate for public rental purposes. ownership is retained as part of […]

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    De link Tax collection and Welfare payments

    TheTribe     |      April 18, 2008

    Many people in society including myself support the idea of "From those according to their ability to pay and to those according to their need".

    However in reality what we actually practice is "To those according to their ability to pay".