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Watching the industry watchdogs

Watching the industry watchdogs

Australia's regulators are too easily influenced by the business groups they supposedly police.

  • by Norman Abjorensen

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Life's lessons on the screen, not PowerPoint
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Life's lessons on the screen, not PowerPoint

Can cinema show us how to govern ourselves, and even our countries?

  • by Mark Thomas
Should we be worried about artificial intelligence?
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Should we be worried about artificial intelligence?

Not really, but we do need think carefully about how to harness, and regulate, machine intelligence.

  • by Jenny Stewart
Russian mystique and the bush capital
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Russian mystique and the bush capital

The strange day a visiting poet laureate riffed on Lenin at an official Australian ceremony.

  • by Stephen Holt
Workers' compensation for the birds or the bees, but not both
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Workers' compensation for the birds or the bees, but not both

Deciding who pays for injuries suffered 'on the job', even when off the job, isn't always clear.

  • by John Wilson
Does letting everyone inside the tent reduce the 'insider threat'?
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Does letting everyone inside the tent reduce the 'insider threat'?

Agencies' addiction to security vetting is causing long delays and encouraging illegal recruiting. There is a solution.

  • by Markus Mannheim
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Defending the ABC is easy, even without fudging the figures
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Defending the ABC is easy, even without fudging the figures

Any other publisher, broadcaster or film-maker would be thrilled to have had such stable revenue.

  • by Markus Mannheim
The 'independent' review so botched it will need to be reviewed
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The 'independent' review so botched it will need to be reviewed

The public service review has the wrong panel, is guided by buzzwords and isn't examining the real problems.

  • by Paddy Gourley
Oprah and the unsung heroes of work
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Oprah and the unsung heroes of work

Every workplace needs role models who show, through their actions, how to be better people.

  • by Jacqueline Jago
Do public servants receive too much superannuation?
Public service

Do public servants receive too much superannuation?

Critics who want to cut the 15.4% contribution forget that most workers' savings are inadequate.

  • by Andrew Podger
We can no longer take public service values for granted
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We can no longer take public service values for granted

China's rise, the decline of merit, polarised political debate and increased outsourcing all threaten APS ethics.

  • by Richard Mulgan