Opinion

It was a strange old year

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Different events shape our world and imapct our lives. Here are some of 2013’s most significant moments. World events shape the way we treat each other; they shape the way we do business and with whom we do business. They shape the way we move forward in all aspects...

Midlife freedom fighters

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Dr Peter Stebbins examines the ways in which to make a difference and live the dream. Midlife crisis… do you know anyone who’s had one? Have you been there yourself? For some people it is a sudden shock around the age of 40 when life suddenly seems to be...

Taking an Australian icon to the world

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A global licensing agreement with iconic Australian hatmaker Akubra is a great opportunity… and one based on trust, writes DKM Blue founder Dorry Kordahi. There is more than one reason why a company agrees to a licensing agreement, yet I believe the overriding one is trust. Recently, DKM Blue...

To self serve and protect

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The convener of any law, rule, border or boundary only has power relative to its ability to enforce such regulations, writes Dennis McIntyre. If you have ever travelled to an Asian country, you may have experienced that when certain laws are broken (a common occurrence), a small fee can...

  • The fundamentals of joint ventures

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    Pooling resources can mean lower risk, greater access to funds and increased market share, enabling entry into new markets. Given this, it’s no wonder some companies pursue joint ventures as success strategies. For those looking for growth while needing to manage risk, a joint venture is an excellent solution....

    Every politician should undertake a business apprenticeship

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    Starting a company is not easy, and unfortunately there is no way to really learn about it other than by doing it. No book, school, mentoring, or even apprenticeship can substitute for hands-on experience and that’s why our politicians are lacking fundamental business management skills, writes Alex Pirouz. When...

    Institutional failure is avoidable

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    Institutional failure. These are two words that can come back to haunt organisations, governments and world leaders. We have seen plenty of institutional failure recently: US banks and government, members of the European Union, the Australian Government and even the AFL in combination with the Essendon Football Club. Institutional...

    Regional Australia is ready for growth

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    Australia will grow rapidly in the next 30 to 40 years and correct measures must be taken to ensure the nation can handle the population increase, writes Jamie McIntyre.  By 2050 Australia’s population could reach 40 million people – up from 23 million today. Sydney and Melbourne cannot accommodate them...

  • Australia: a secret Corporation?

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    Is the Commonwealth of Australia really just a corporation owned by the United States of America, asks Dennis McIntyre. Recently I was pointed to the fact that an entity titled ‘Commonwealth of Australia’ is registered on the United States Securities exchange (SEC). After discovering this I looked down the...

    The game changer

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    New research from the Australian School of Business shows not-for-profits stand to be significant beneficiaries from new global integrated reporting standards. Despite being targeted at the private sector, integrated reporting, the new proposed international corporate reporting framework, is of greater benefit to Australia’s not-for-profit (NFP) sector, research by the Australian...


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