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You’re back at your desk … what now for 2017? Any thoughts about your personal profile?

Posted on Jan 16, 2017

You’re back at your desk. It’s the start of a new work year. What will 2017 bring?

What are your aspirations?  Will you get that promotion?  Will you be considered for partnership in your firm? How about that board position you’ve been coveting? Will you be included on the next government roundtable? The next media organisation roundtable?

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Where social licence had its beginnings, and how the McHugh report changes everything

Posted on Aug 11, 2016

Social licence is a hot topic right now. Malcolm Turnbull this week warns banks that they operate with a social licence for the people. This follows the banks’ refusal to pass on the full rate cut.

Also this week, we have seen the Baird Government’s greyhound ban legislation pass in the upper house. It will be enacted later this month – all on the back of the industry’s inability to meet its social licence obligations.

You see, in this instance, the community just doesn’t accept animal cruelty, or greyhound killings or ‘wastage’ (a much more palatable term), or live-baiting.

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Fraud is on the rise so don’t be complacent, KPMG

Posted on Jul 10, 2016

If you think we live in a country relatively free from the fraud and corruption that plagues many parts of the world, a new KPMG survey might shake you up a little. Our six-monthly Fraud Barometer* shows a large rise in number, and especially the value of frauds being committed in Australia.

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Deloitte asks are you ready for digital disruption in HR?

Posted on Jul 3, 2016

With more than 7 billion mobile devices in the world and more than 40% of all internet traffic driven by these devices, smart data is driving an entirely new employee experience. But it’s clear that far more needs to be done.

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Australia’s healthcare sector moving to portable funding models

Posted on Jun 26, 2016

The health care sector in Australia is increasingly moving towards portable funding models currently being used in other parts of the world.

Research from these countries suggests that consumers will likely see a greater continuity of care, and will have greater control over where their funding is directed.

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Withholding the truth – the secrets of the foreign resident CGT withholding regime

Posted on Jun 19, 2016

We’re sure you’re tired of reading about the rapidly approaching commencement of the foreign resident CGT withholding regime. But there are some facts and issues we thought you should know about.

While the new regime has its heart in the right place, the breadth of its application will result in compliance costs and risks for many unsuspecting parties. It could also put a stop, or at least a deferral, on many purely domestic transfers occurring, particularly where time is of the essence.

It’s been a long time coming.

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Why housing prices won’t crash

Posted on Jun 12, 2016

House prices in Australia have grown at an unprecedented rate since 2004. A healthy economy fuelled by a strong mining sector, coupled with sustained low interest rates and a mixture of favourable tax settings have made the property market a desirable investment choice for Australians over the last decade. Consequently, property prices have increased to the point of unaffordability in many major Australian capital cities.

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Who would you choose as leader – Turnbull, Shorten or Trump?

Posted on Jun 5, 2016

The first national political debate was an opportunity to showcase Turnbull and Shorten as leaders.  It failed miserably.

It was more a case of debating 101 for senior school students than a contest between national leaders.  In fact, the debate was less sophisticated than most school debates

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Where are the women on boards?

Posted on May 29, 2016

During the past decade, a debate has gathered momentum about the deplorable state of gender equity in this country. A little more than 20% of board members are women, although there is still a somewhat bipolar nature to the distribution across all companies. The will to improve performance and inclusion of women on boards is also uneven. Further, the rise is flattening out, and reaching even 25% women looks a tall order.

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What makes an entrepreneur?

Posted on May 22, 2016

There is no such thing as a typical entrepreneur. But a study released by HSBC earlier this year, based on interviews with more than 2,800 owners of businesses around the globe, found that successful entrepreneurs share some common characteristics.

The most common reason entrepreneurs give for starting a company is to be their own boss. They want to take personal responsibility for risks and credit for achievements. For lots of people this sense of independence is exciting and motivating. Business owners who are keen to be self-reliant may also shy away from growth opportunities that mean relying on others, however, such as expanding their executive team or forming partnerships with other companies.

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