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Startup

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Smart capital to support women-led startups
Scale Investors are committed to investing in women-led startups but know they face additional barriers. Scale wants to be a part of the solution, not only by providing access to capital but also through education and support networks, which are critical! Scale’s FoundEd series will do just that. Provide women-led startups with the skills and techniques to be investor ready. Learn alongside a network of trail-blazing women entrepreneurs and be supported by some of the best in the biz! The webinar series has been designed to demystify the world of angel investing and capital for women-led startups across Australia!https://scale-investors.mykajabi.com/founded-registration-page?mc_cid=2373534e35&mc_eid=b448686f55
24 November 2021 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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Reduce cyber attacks by making ‘ransomware’ payments illegal
As the main source of ransomware attacks is offshore, they are unlikely to be stemmed by the threat of prosecution for making a ransom demand. Offshore prosecution for such threats would be difficult to achieve in the jurisdictions that most cyberattacks come from.   If the making of payments is banned, then company directors and other individuals are less likely to pay a ransom. If they do pay a ransom, then they become liable to prosecution.   By stemming the potential financial reward from ransomware attacks the perpetrators are likely to look elsewhere for easier targets.  
19 November 2021 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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Let’s change how politics Looks, Acts, Thinks, Sounds and Works
Politics is not working in this country!   Our politicians think that they are listening to and representing the views of the people. The people think differently: In recent research, 86% of those polled believed that Australian politics was only beneficial to the politicians and was based on knee-jerk reactions. Barely one in four thought Australian politics was trustworthy, balanced or fair. Very few (<17%) believe that our political processes deliver positive outcomes, at least most of the time.  8 in 10 Australians think it’s time to change politics.   There is a better way to do politics. Visit http://changepolitics.org.au
15 November 2021 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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It’s time to tackle pork-barrelling, not factor it in (Prof George Williams)
“Legislation should set out the criteria and process by which grant money will be allocated. It should also provide for greater transparency over grant processes by mandating regular reporting to parliament. Ministers should also tell parliament when they approve a grant that has been found to be ineligible or unworthy of funding. The rules must also come with penalties that make pork-barrelling illegal. A minister who allocates public money by prioritising their personal interests over those of the community should commit an offence. Together, these changes would bring about a seismic shift in how ministers allocate grant funding. “
12 November 2021 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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Director Identity Numbers to help prevent unlawful practices
New company directors from Monday will have 28 days to sign up for a new lifelong identification number or face penalties under a regulatory overhaul aimed at preventing unlawful practices such as phoenixing. Existing company directors will have until November next year to comply or face fines or even criminal penalties. From April next year, any new appointee to a board made under the Corporations Act will need to get their unique 15- digit number before they start their roles, under new rules that form part of the Commonwealth’s Modernising Business Registers (MBR) program.   The Australian 1/11/21
1 November 2021 by Glenn Barnes

Governance

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Let’s have a Royal Commission into how politics operates and whose interests are being served
Most politicians are good people who intend to serve the community’s best interest. Unfortunately, a combination of internal party politics, funding requirements and a desire to gain and hold power often stymie the intent.   Good intent and perverting pressures exist in most areas of human endeavour. Training, laws & regulations, and various oversight bodies exist to minimise unacceptable practices in business and the professions. If these fail a Royal Commission is established.   We need an effective code of practice, integrity oversight and transparency of potential conflicts of interest for our politicians. We need a Royal Commission into how politics operates!
20 October 2021 by Glenn Barnes