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Workplace diversity benefits society

Canberra times

Workplace diversity is generally recognised as a positive thing. The Canberra Times Most organisations recognise the benefit of reflecting the community they serve and it’s good practice that helps an organisation to function better. Forty years ago… Workplace diversity benefits… Read More »

Paul Keating: Only a reckless government would raid super for housing

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Countries get one chance in history of putting into place a savings retirement scheme on the scale of the Australian superannuation… Paul Keating The Sydney Morning Herald The right conditions had to be there: a government which saw the need, a policy-induced surge of productivity to pay for it and an… The system is the envy of the developed… Paul Keating: Only… Read More »

The War In Yemen Is Turning To Genocide, And Australia Is Quietly Supporting It

Yemen - New Matilda

Our silence as a nation is destroyed – and innocent men, women and children slaughtered – is deafening, writes Michael Brull. Michael Brull New Matilda Yemen is being destroyed. Perhaps half a million children face severe malnutrition. Almost seven million… The War In… Read More »

Multiculturalism will only work if all Australians sign up, Coalition’s first policy statement says

Multiculturalism - ABC

The Federal Government’s first policy statement on multiculturalism declares it a “success” but says every Australian must sign up to shared values and mutual obligations. Jane Norman ABC Releasing Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful today, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Zed Seselja said the Coalition had put its stamp on the “unifying” statement, which is also the first since 2011. The son of… Multiculturalism will only… Read More »

Parliament House, Canberra. How Australia’s Most Under-Appreciated Asset Protects Us All Against A ‘Trump In The Lodge’

AUS - New Matilda

Sure, Tony Abbott was pretty bad, but Australia is unlikely to end up with a ‘Trump in the Lodge’ for one very simple reason, write Tony Shields and Rod Campbell. Tony Shields and Rod Campbell New Matilda With each day the new Trump administration courts controversy on a new topic. Racist travel bans… Parliament House, Canberra… Read More »

Break unjust laws and cut the working week

Law - IA

SALLY MCMANUS, the newly elected secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, last night said – to the consternation of Malcolm Turnbull and various huffy media “commentators” – that it was alright to break unjust laws. John Passant Independent Australia The Fair Work Act, which makes it illegal for workers to strike outside a very narrow bargaining period, is one such unjust law. Workers could not… Break unjust laws… Read More »

The case for holding politicians to the same disclosure standards as company directors

Politicians - The Con-ion

Recent commentary on the rules governing politicians’ declaration of financial interests has highlighted the ease with which they are circumvented and the laxity with which they are enforced. Bede Harris The Conversation Senator Cory Bernardi was recently caught up in a dispute over whether he had correctly disclosed a A$1 million commercial property he owns in South Australia. He denies any… The case for… Read More »

How the law allows governments to publish your private information

Centrelink - The Con-ion

Recent controversy over the government’s use of information provided to Human Services and Veterans’ Affairs demonstrates there are major holes in Australia’s privacy regime that we need to fix. Bruce Baer Arnold The Conversation Australians are accustomed to providing personal information to federal and state governments. We do it… How the law… Read More »

Tasmanian government’s Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016 passes through House of Assembly completely unopposed

Tasmania - Examiner

In a rare display of tripartisan support, the government’s family violence reform legislation passed through the Lower House unimpeded on Tuesday. Rob Inglis Examiner Premier Will Hodgman acknowledged the cross-party cooperation that enabled the Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016’s passage through the House of Assembly. “There’s been a… Tasmanian government’s Family… Read More »

How behavioural insights can help us stop wasting money on medical tests

Health - ABC

In 2013 and 2014, more than 314,000 CT scans of the lower back were ordered in Australia, most of which showed no abnormalities. Peter Bragge ABC In routine cases of low back pain, X-rays and CT scans provide no meaningful information to guide treatment, exposing patients to unnecessary radiation. A number of… How behavioural insights… Read More »

Australia’s discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

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Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America’s borders to nations with large Muslim… George Williams The Sydney Morning Herald Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a… The idea has also been backed by prominent politicians including government MP George… Australia’s discriminatory constitution… Read More »

Australia’s discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

Trump - Brisbane

Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America’s borders to nations with large Muslim populations. George Williams Brisbane Times Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a move. The idea has… Australia’s discriminatory constitution… Read More »

School standards drop as government pushes a politically correct program

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PARENTS should be worried about the LGBTI Safe Schools gender and sexuality program being forced on government schools by Daniel… Kevin Donnelly Herald Sun Add the fact, as reported in The Australian recently, that vulnerable teenagers with intellectual disabilities enrolled in Victorian special schools are also… Such was the furore… School standards drop… Read More »

‘It was a mistake’: Pauline Hanson admits preference error after One Nation vote collapses

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One Nation is set for a disastrous result at the West Australian election, prompting Pauline Hanson to say it was a mistake for the party to enter into a preference deal with the… Matthew Knott The Age With 67 per cent of the vote counted on Saturday night, One Nation was polling just 4.7 per cent of the vote in the WA lower house – far lower than… A Newspoll at the… ‘It was a… Read More »

Work places change with the times. Why won’t Parliament?

Parliament - Brisbane

Whenever a politician in this country announces their retirement for family reasons, one of two things happens. Annabel Crabb Brisbane Times If the politician is a man, a pleasant buzz of conjecture arises as to the actual likely reason for the decision. Is he terminally… Work places change… Read More »

Asia TOPA patron Carrillo Gantner on why Anglo-Saxon Australia is history

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Paul Keating was wrong about our place in the world, says the man behind our latest act of cultural… Lindy Percival The Age “We should have gone to an Asian restaurant,” Carrillo Gantner quips, as we sit down to talk about his role in Melbourne’s newest… The Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (aka… Asia TOPA patron… Read More »