Category Archives: Government Back

Regulator failing to resolve complaints on alleged human rights abuses by Australian companies

The Australian National Contact Point (ANCP) was set up as part of Australia’s membership of the OECD to hear complaints on the way Australian corporations operate overseas, but research shows it’s poorly resourced and rejects most claims at the initial assessment stage, raising concerns about its effectiveness. There are National Contact Points already operating in … Read more

How artificial intelligence could transform government

Cognitive technologies have the potential to revolutionize the public sector—and save billions of dollars Can “smart” technology make government, well, smarter? It’s already happening: Through AI-based applications, developers are looking to transform the public sector by automating tasks and much more. But for optimal gain, agencies must make tough choices about where and how to … Read more

The Australia-China Relations Institute doesn’t belong at UTS

Last month eight of Australia’s top journalists visited China for a week as guests of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). They were greeted by top Communist Party officials and toured some of China’s new infrastructure projects. Some (but not all) returned to Australia singing the praises of Chinese … Read more

Greens introducing small business payments legislation

Pressure over the crippling impact of payment times on small businesses is growing, with the Greens set to introduce legislation enforcing prompt payments. On Friday, the Greens will announce the introduction of legislation requiring payment within 30 days to small businesses where a contract is entered into between a business with $10 million or less annual turnover and a big business … Read more

After the ‘Facebook Files’, the social media giant must be more transparent

Most people on Facebook have probably seen something they wish they hadn’t, whether it be violent pictures or racist comments. How the social media giant decides what is and isn’t acceptable is often a mystery. Internal content guidelines, recently published in The Guardian, offer new insight into the mechanics of Facebook content moderation. The slides … Read more

This Australian startup is about to trial a system that could see drivers being charged for every kilometre they drive on the road

Getting motorists to pay their road taxes by the kilometre sounds crazy. But that’s exactly what a new Australian start-up – which has been shortlisted for the world’s second-richest economics prize after the Nobel – is trying to do. Clearways, founded by University of NSW engineering adjunct professor Jamye Harrison and former NSW transport ministry … Read more

A PERMANENT $20K TAX WRITE-OFF FOR SMES WOULD HELP ARREST GOVERNMENT DISTRUST SAYS MYOB CEO

Ahead of this week’s Federal Budget, two-fifths of the small business community are not confident of a favourable outcome, according to research undertaken by accounting software provider MYOB. Dynamic Business asked MYOB CEO Tim Reed to unpack the findings of the company’s SME Snapshot, a monthly survey of small to medium businesses from its customer … Read more