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Reboot the Economy
Australia's productivity growth—measured as the change in what we produce each hour that we work—has slumped in recent years a
21 May 2022 by Lynn Wood

Governance

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A big step forward in democratic renewal by the NSW parliament
Yesterday the NSW Legislative Council passed an Amendment to standing orders to include a statement of public interest with “every government bill other than an appropriation bill for the ordinary annual services of government.”   The statement of public interest covers:1.     Factual evidence of the need for the bill, 2.     The public interest objective, 3.     Options considered, 4.     Analysis of pros, cons and costs, 5.     The implementation pathway and timetable, 6.     Details of stakeholder consultations.   This is a major step toward re-instating fact-based policy by a government in Australia and should be followed by all states and the federal government.
20 May 2022 by Glenn Barnes

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Time to shake up our weary old politics
The 2022 Federal election campaigns have been an insult to the Westminster traditions on which our liberal democracy was founded and to the electorate.   The lack of a serious and fulsome policy agenda by any party or candidate is contemptuous. It puts our economy, sustainability, well-being, and national safety in danger.   For too long, our politicians have sidelined the complex and vital decisions that need to be taken to have a sustainable physical and economic environment and a healthy and thriving community and democracy.   There is a better way, and we need to demand that our politicians change:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCG6H8yELhE  
17 May 2022 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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PUBLIC HELP NEEDED: Resolving complex issues in a modern liberal democracy
Our liberal democracy requires us to look beyond ourselves as individuals or as members of small tribes to be successful.   As the two-party system based on old ideologies has lost its appeal, we need to discover new ways of reaching an agreement on what constitutes the common good on a range of issues, e.g., inflation, productivity, debt, national security, social equality and climate change.   In Australia’s 2022 election campaigns, our two foremost party leaders avoid policy leadership. Instead, they respond to the fracturing of public opinion, the tribalisation of our society, and the power of grievance subcultures.
6 May 2022 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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Smart Walls and All - Israel Border Security Technology
Border security has increasingly become one of the most pressing issues within nations’ homeland security agencies. Though a controversial subject, there has been a consensus that borders must be secured humanely. A popular humanitarian solution has been the creation of smart walls. A smart wall is the use of technologies such as cameras, scanners, sensors, and radars used to prevent illicit entry, smuggling, and threats along borders... Besides Israel’s largest defense companies, there are several promising homeland security Israeli start-ups that specialize in smart wall solutions. Find out who they are and if they are relevant to your organisation: https://israeltrade.org.au/2022/05/06/israel-border-security-technology-smart-walls-and-all/
6 May 2022 by Jeremy Ungar

Governance

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Solving the biggest compliance challenges in financial services
What are the top 3 compliance challenges for financial services?Research by RegulationCity shows:1. Keeping on top of the volume of regulatory change2. Instilling a culture of compliance3. Meeting Board expectations These concerns reflect the ever-changing regulatory landscape, the management challenges of remote working, and Board expectations versus budget allocated and resources available.RegulationCity is a solution for all three.  It's a one-stop shop, always up-to-date, that delivers every financial services regulation in Australia in just one-click from one easily navigable and accessible website.  No downloads, scrolling, or time-wasting.  Plus it's mobile friendly and WCAG optimised. www.regulationcity.com
25 April 2022 by Jennifer Harr...