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Celebrating News Breakers- Carole CadWalladr
Great to celebrate people who have pushed boundaries to get a story told. Their achievements tell how individuals can make a difference to the way a story is reported and shared.The Breaking the News Exhibition at the British Library in London celebrates news breakers such as Carole Cadwalladr who broke the Cambridge Analytica story in 2018. Her compelling TedTalks address https://www.ted.com/talks/carole_cadwalladr_facebook_s_role_in_brexit_and_the_threat_to_democracy?
3 July 2022 by Lynn Wood

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Well Contested and Deliberated Decisions are the Feedstock for a Healthy Democracy
As frustrating as it may be, our politics is seeing a better-quality contest of ideas:   “The most reliable cure for confirmation bias is interaction with people who don’t share your beliefs. They confront you with counterevidence and counterargument. John Stuart Mill said, “He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that,” and he urged us to seek out conflicting views “from persons who actually believe them.” People who think differently and are willing to speak up if they disagree with you make you smarter, almost as if they are extensions of your own brain.”
24 June 2022 by Glenn Barnes

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A new era of reform is needed
Stephen Walters, NSW Chief Economist, gave an excellent presentation at EY for the Sydney Financial Forum about the Australian economy and its prospects. Due to strong headwinds affecting energy prices, as well as inflation related to events in the Ukraine and China, he stressed the need for reform to improve productivity. Areas he considered need major reforms are:Tax incentivesEarly learningEmployment of WomenInternational migrationVocational educationEnergy - in ST ensure available supply meets demand. LT make transition to net zeroMake it easier for people to enter the housing marketConnect universities with ideas to possibilities for commercialisationBring more retired people back into the workforce
17 June 2022 by Lynn Wood

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Sleeping Beauty Awakes- Quotas for Women Legislated in the EU
A new law obliges listed companies in all 27 EU member countries to have women take up at least 40% of non-executive board seats,
9 June 2022 by Lynn Wood

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Australians have an opportunity to re-set expectations for government spending and funding.
As Jim Chalmers sets about his job as Treasurer, he is rightly pointing to the challenges of meeting community expectations in the face of the current levels of public debt.   For decades our politicians have known that demographic trends and growing community expectations for services and support have seen cost projections outpacing those for government revenues but have obfuscated the problem for political expediency.We need to come together as a community and face economic reality and agree on reasonable expectations for the services we require from the government and how we will pay for these.
2 June 2022 by Glenn Barnes

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An Opportunity to Unify Australians
It's five years since the Uluru Statement from the Heart was first delivered, presenting a new vision for Australia's relationship
29 May 2022 by Lynn Wood