Yesterday’s speech by Business Council of Australia President Catherine Livingstone, entitled Vision for a Competitive Australia, makes an important contribution to the national economic policy debate. Ms Livingstone argues that after two decades of growth – driven by an economic reform process and by a resources boom – we face the question of how to achieve continuing growth and maintain our national prosperity.
There is a lot of talk about ‘big data’ at the moment – the idea that it is now possible to capture large numbers of observations, and to manipulate the data and capture insights, in a way that could previously not be done.
One of the constants of modern life is the extraordinary rate of change of technology.
In my last blog post on Ethical Challenges in Politics (Part 2), I discussed ethical issues faced by politicians, which I summarised as: politicians need to keep their feet on the ground, keep their hands out of the till and keep the tanks in the barracks.
To the Editor, You report that the Abbott Government is ‘culling cybersafety programmes’ and ‘cutting these programmes’ (‘Budget Estimates: Tony Abbott faces pressure to explain contradictory budget cuts’, Monday May 26).
This is not true. Two existing programmes, Cybersafety and Stay Smart Online, maintain their existing funding throughout the forward estimates (while they are subject to the application of the government wide indexation pause, there is no reduction in funding.)
Minister for Employment Eric Abetz has just made a very significant announcement: he is introducing legislation to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission to stamp out lawlessness and improve productivity on building sites.
It was an honour – and quite an experience – to be sworn in yesterday as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications.