Will Environment Minister Sussan Ley let a mine destroy koala breeding grounds?

Will Environment Minister Sussan Ley let a mine destroy koala breeding grounds?

In the next few weeks, federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley will decide whether to approve a New South Wales quarry expansion that will destroy critical koala breeding grounds. The case, involving the Brandy Hill Quarry at Port Stephens, is emblematic of how NSW environment laws are failing wildlife particularly koalas. Efforts to erode k...

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How the New Payments Platform is changing the way we bank

How the New Payments Platform is changing the way we bank

The New Payments Platform (NPP) has significantly changed everyday banking over the last couple of years by speeding up the way we send and receive payments. Mutually owned by 13 organisations including Australia's largest banks and the RBA, the NPP was launched in 2018 with an open access infrastructure giving users faster&nbs...

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Corporate dysfunction on Indigenous affairs: Why heads rolled at Rio Tinto

Corporate dysfunction on Indigenous affairs: Why heads rolled at Rio Tinto

Outraged investors have forced the board of Rio Tinto to sack its chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques along with two of the senior executives partially responsible for the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, which contained evidence of human habitation 46,000 years ago. Why did the company com...

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Relax, losing access to China won't make us the 'poor white trash of Asia'

Relax, losing access to China won't make us the 'poor white trash of Asia'

In another round of the increasingly bitter exchanges between China and Australia, a columnist for China's Global Times, Yu Lei, suggested that a further decoupling from China will make former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's famous prediction a reality: Australia would become the "poor white trash of Asia." The &...

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To buy or build software? That is the question

To buy or build software? That is the question

There are many decisions to make when starting a business, but one of the most important will be deciding whether to buy or build your own software. The 'buy vs. build dilemma' comes up often in the fintech (financial technology) space especially, given that technology or products are utilised to deliver financial services. As a fi...

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Have we just stumbled on the biggest productivity increase of the century?

Have we just stumbled on the biggest productivity increase of the century?

One of the most striking responses to the COVID-19 pandemic has been the sudden, shift of around half the workforce to working at home. In many cases, this was combined with an equally sudden shift to home schooling. Contrary to what might have been expected, working from home was one part of the pandemic response that went remarkably...

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If Facebook really pulls news from its Australian sites, we'll have a much less compelling product

If Facebook really pulls news from its Australian sites, we'll have a much less compelling product

Facebook has announced it will ban publishers and people in Australia from sharing local and international news on Facebook and Instagram if a proposal to force tech giants to pay for news becomes law. The announcement follows the release of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's draft news media bargaining code, under whic...

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Trouble at the mall as landlords and tenants ponder mutually assured destruction

Trouble at the mall as landlords and tenants ponder mutually assured destruction

"This is not a bluff," Scott Evans, the chief executive of Mosaic Brands, has said of his threat to permanently close 300 to 500 stores in Australia unless landlords reduce rents. Mosaic's network of about 1,300 apparel stores includes Katies, Noni B, Rivers, Rockmans, Millers and Crossroads. With stores shuttered temporarily d...

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AMP doesn't just have a women problem. It has an everyone problem

AMP doesn't just have a women problem. It has an everyone problem

The sexual harassment scandal enveloping AMP is another graceless turn in what looks like the death spiral of one of Australia's oldest and formerly most trusted companies. Joining a long line of executives to walk the plank at the venerable financial services giant, AMP chairman David Murray and board member John Fraser have quit over t...

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It's hard to tell why China is targeting Australian wine. There are two possibilities

It's hard to tell why China is targeting Australian wine. There are two possibilities

It's on again. This time it's Australia's wine industry that's under investigation in China for allegedly violating anti-dumping rules. The investigation has sent shock waves through the wine industry and beyond. Broadly speaking, anti-dumping rules prohibit producers from selling anything for less than its market value. Th...

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Awards glory: it's not about you

Awards glory: it's not about you

I can't count how many times I have had the tall poppy syndrome talk with my peers, but it's usually around this time of year that I become more vocal on this topic. In a pre-covid world, we would be gearing up for Awards season and for those of us in PR land, it's one of our busiest times of the year - also the most rewarding! ...

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Insider trading has become more subtle

Insider trading has become more subtle

Insider trading comes in two main forms: arguably legal and clearly illegal. But, as with drugs in sport, it's hard to tell when arguably legal ends and clearly illegal begins. It is generally accepted that it is wrong to buy shares in the company you run when you know something about it that the market does not. It's especially ...

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A contentious NSW gas project is weeks away from approval. Here are 3 reasons it should be rejected

A contentious NSW gas project is weeks away from approval. Here are 3 reasons it should be rejected

New South Wales planning authorities relied on flawed evidence when backing a highly controversial coal seam gas project that may endanger critical water supplies, farmland and threatened species, our analysis has found. Early next month, the Independent Planning Commission NSW (IPC) is due to announce its decision on the future of the A$...

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I survived COVID-19. Now let's talk about the mental health crisis it has exacerbated

I survived COVID-19. Now let's talk about the mental health crisis it has exacerbated

Research is suggesting that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is likely leading to a drastic rise in suicide attempts, along with the risk of mental health issues both in survivors and people affected by the impacts of lockdown measures. At the same time, physical distancing is endangering mental health even as it protects physical h...

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JobKeeper lifeline will remain open for business

JobKeeper lifeline will remain open for business

Since JobKeeper was announced on March 30 it has provided a massive economic and psychological boost to the nation. At a cost of $70 billion it is supporting 960,000 businesses and 3.5 million workers, or about 30 per cent of the pre-COVID private sector workforce. It is the single largest fiscal measure in Australia's history. It...

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Eradication, elimination, suppression: Understand what they mean before debating Australia's course

Eradication, elimination, suppression: Understand what they mean before debating Australia's course

The current surge in community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria has brought renewed discussion of whether Australia should maintain its current "suppression" strategy, or pursue an "elimination" strategy instead. But what do these terms actually mean, and what are the differences between the two? Read more: A...

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Victoria is on the precipice of an uncontrolled coronavirus outbreak. Will the new measures work?

Victoria is on the precipice of an uncontrolled coronavirus outbreak. Will the new measures work?

I recently wrote about Victoria's surge in COVID-19 cases. On that day, Victoria recorded 11 new infections, after a few days of new cases in the high teens and low twenties. I wondered then whether the situation could be brought quickly under control. Unfortunately, it has since got much worse. On Wednesday, the state recorded 73...

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The peak time of day to do everything in your business (backed by science)

The peak time of day to do everything in your business (backed by science)

You're the boss of it all. You know how your industry operates. You know how to develop solutions and how to market and deliver them. But do you know the most effective order in which to carry out your daily tasks? When you find yourself struggling for time, energy or inspiration at certain times of the working day, there is probably ...

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Can't resist splurging on online shopping? Here's why

Can't resist splurging on online shopping? Here's why

The demand for online shopping has obviously increased since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place. But less obvious are the subtle psychological drivers behind our collective online shopping splurge. In fact, online shopping can relieve stress, provide entertainment and offers the reduced "pain" of paying online. In the l...

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How technology helps find the right people in times of crisis

How technology helps find the right people in times of crisis

Despite the continuing advances of technology, in times of crisis it's human hands we need the most to guide us through. On the front lines, it's people who make all the difference. Whether that's doctors and nurses, fire fighters and emergency responders, or even supermarket workers and call centre operators, an organisation&...

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