• #StandwithUkraine

    Peace through strength not surrender


    Justin Bassi |  June 16, 2024


    The free world must give Ukraine the capabilities it needs to fight against Russia and help give them something to fight for.


  • Culture

    The proper study of man


    Matthew Sharpe |  June 16, 2024


    The term ‘humanism’ has meant many things over the ages, and understanding its evolution offers insight into both the history of philosophy and the


  • China

    Meeting the challenge of communist China


    Michael Pezzullo |  June 16, 2024


    The problem of dealing with a belligerent communist China is the geopolitical challenge of the age. Its favourable resolution will open the door to global amity. The alternative is enduring global instability, confrontation, and the risk of a major war in the Pacific, fought with nuclear weapons standing ready on a hair trigger.


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  • Mitigation and Adaption in Agriculture: World Bank Summary Note

    Andrew Jones     |      November 5, 2009

    The World Bank have recently published an agriculture and rural development note on ‘Reduced Emissions and enhanced adaptation in Agricultural landscapes’ which reports key messages from a Bank conference in January.

    It includes some succint messages about the potentiality and issues related to integrating adaptation and mitigation in agriculture, including in the context of the post-2012 framework.  With the meetings in Barcelona and Copenhagen, the timing of the release of the note is clearly opportune.

    On the mitigation potential represented:

  • The Importance of Conversations Across Sectors for Social Innovation

    Raul Caceres     |      November 5, 2009

    Last Friday, 31 October 2009, an article appeared in the Sydney Morning Hearld (SMH) titled "Getting to know all about you". It was about the Sydney Leadership Program, a great initiative delivered by the Benevolent Society which I completed this year. 

  • Jackson Jive Response Part 1: But we never even had Blackface in Australia!

    Ceredwyn     |      November 3, 2009



    All over most forms of media recently was the Hey Hey it’s Saturday Revival show with its infamous Red Faces segment, and by now even more infamous 2009 Jackson Jive skit.

  • Imagination in Public Administration

    David Stephens     |      November 3, 2009
    Considering the full spectrum of regulatory instruments and applying them to risks appropriately is at the core of making better regulation choices.
     
    In the Griffith Review, Edition 24: Participation Society released on 1 May 2009 there appeared an article from Dr Peter Shergold titled "Been there, done that, still hoping for more".
     
    His subject was government service delivery.
     
    In the article Shergold writes that, ‘the problem is a lack of imagination, insufficient courage and too great an abundance of caution’.
     
    He describes the tendency of public servants to microman

  • Some Thoughts on Gov 2.0 in Australia

    Andy Williamson     |      October 30, 2009

    The Director of the UK Hansard Society’s eDemocracy Programme on the progress of Gov 2.0 in Australia. 

    It was great to attend the recent CeBit Gov2.0 conference in Canberra. Beforehand, I’d got the feeling that Australia was finally starting to limber up and get moving.

    Back in the early days of eDemocracy, it’s safe to say that Australia was a leader. The Queensland government was innovative and original and the Federal Government through the National Office of the Information Economy (NOIE) starting doing some good things too.

    Then things stalled. 

  • When Less is More

    Malcolm Crompton     |      October 28, 2009

    Last week the Sydney Morning Herald published, “When the small print leaves us all at sea”, a very good article by Annette Sampson. It really got me going.

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    International Students

    sally.rose     |      October 28, 2009

    Gang Shen, a Chinese Journalist undertaking postgraduate studies in Australia cautions that nobody likes to feel like Frogs in the Melting Pot. Sue Ellson from the Newcomers Network challenges us to consider how we view International Students, Cash Cows or Lonely Hearts?

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    Small Business Start-Up Stars

    editor     |      October 27, 2009

    From New York, Karen Wilson talks about what The Kauffman Foundation see as the Challenges Facing Entrepreneurship Education. Closer to home, Peter Fritz tells how indulging a sweet tooth turned into a business opportunity in How I Became a Chocolate Merchant and Olga Sawtell shares her start-up story The Eels Star, the Family Tragedy and the Innovation.

  • International Students: Cash Cows or Lonely Hearts?

    Sue Ellson     |      October 26, 2009

    Australia is fortunate to have an excellent education system that can prepare Aussie students for an international career anywhere in the world without having to go to boarding school during secondary school or a non-English speaking university or tertiary college. 

    I have been working with newcomers from all backgrounds since 1999.

  • Sydney Peace Foundation to Honour John Pilger

    Uli Kammerer     |      October 26, 2009

    Sydney Peace Prize laureate 2009 John Pilger is internationally known for his uncompromising reporting on human rights abuses and his criticism of dubious governments’ policies. As a journalist he made speaking up against the peddling of Western influence and the oppression of minorities his business. It is most fitting that he be honoured by receiving this distinction.

    Amongst other things, Pilger’s work has dealt with Western engagement in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, East Timor, Cambodia and the humiliation of Aboriginal people in Australia.

    "No other filmmaker has consistently exposed the reality of Western governments’ policies”, comments Historian Mark Curtis.

    Pilger acts as a mouthpiece for the powerless to be heard and has helped raise the political consciousness of many.

  • Frank Brennan’s explosive recommendations

    Edward Santow     |      October 23, 2009

    This article was originally published by Inside Story on 15 October 2009

    You might have heard some small explosions coming from Melbourne last week. Mostly, it was the sound of champagne corks popping, as supporters of an Australian Human Rights Act greeted the release of the much-awaited report of the National Human Rights Consultation.

    But not all the noise was in celebration; some of it might well have been the sound of blood vessels bursting among a group of disappointed Human Rights Act opponents.

  • How I Became a Chocolate Merchant

    Peter Fritz     |      October 23, 2009

    I like chocolate.