For many people, the birth of the internet happened on August 9, 1995, when Netscape went stratospherically public. Something similar is happening right now, and it could do for organisations and their governance what the internet did for information and its distribution.
Some 50 years ago, US biologist Paul Ehrlich’s warnings of a teeming planet sparked a panic that has yet to abate. There is indeed reason to be fearful, but not of too many humans. The very real and looming problems have everything to do with declining birth rates.
Sports are an old part of human culture and new part of the economy. Culture evolves and economies evolve—two more or less incontrovertible propositions in the social sciences these days—so it shouldn’t really be such a leap to suggest that sports also evolve.
The main thing that happened with the arts in the 2016 budget is that nothing happened with the arts in the 2016 budget. The arts and culture are obviously not to be part of this coming election campaign.
The Queensland Labor government’s proposed changes to vegetation management law will erode the right to property, breach a fundamental principle of the rule of law, and ultimately hurt Australian farmers by adding more red tape to the industry.
Maybe we’ve been thinking about science all wrong. In the old model, knowledge was privately produced, then ‘communicated’ to make it a public good. Journals did the communicating. But a better model is to think of this whole process as like a club that both produces and consumes together.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) will soon be handed more power to intervene proactively in financial product markets. These regulatory powers will stymie financial entrepreneurship and innovation.
Aaron Lane’s recent piece in the Sydney Morning Herald argues the ABCC row is a distraction from the main game of industrial relations policy.