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11 May 2018


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As 17 May approaches, Finance Minister Grant Robertson will have more on his mind than simply balancing the books.

He also has to balance the enormous expectations of core constituents like nurses and teachers with the concern of businesses worried about the future state of the economy.

9 May 2018 | 2:20 min read


The number of self-reported data breaches received by the Office of the Australian Commissioner (OAIC) for the entire 2016-17 financial year was 114.1 In the six week period following the 22nd of February there have already been 63.[1] Why the sharp spike?

09 May 2018 | 1 min read


SenateSHJ today announced the appointment of Managing Partner, Angela Scaffidi to PROI Worldwide’s Board and as Vice Chair for the Asia Pacific region.

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25 April 2018 | 1:20 min read


There is one over-riding reason Facebook has managed to dominate the world’s communications. The apathy of traditional media who rolled over and accepted Facebook’s flimsy claim it’s a “platform”, not a publisher.

Why the world’s media didn’t gang up on the cuckoo in its nest is unfathomable, but it didn’t and so fake news, false representation, lies, tax dodging, abuse and bullying have become the order of the day.

10 April 2018 | 1:30 min read


Everyone knows the importance of good writing. It can touch your reader or move them towards you. Yet, much less frequently recognised is the ability of bad writing to achieve the reverse. Although, talk to any company director whose monthly lot it is to wade through windy reports, and you soon hear about an almost overlooked area of real corporate pain.

9 April 2018 | 1:30 min read


Running out of water, or clean air, or energy is no longer the stuff of make-believe, apocalyptic films.

It’s a harsh reality that demands real attention and clear communications.

Take the case of drought-stricken Cape Town, which has only just avoided running out of water – a problem caused by the El Nino weather pattern.

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6 April 2018 | 1:30 min read


Warning: this article contains a lot of cricketing references. If you are unsure of the meaning of any term, please Google it. I have not deliberately set out to exclude. That wouldn’t be cricket.

A lot has been intoned about the recent cricketing hoo-ha involving the Australian cricket team.

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1 April 2018 | 2:30 min read


Although it takes time for a trend to become clear, sometimes events are so overwhelming, so bizarre, it’s as though we are sleep walking into a game changing reality.

This is about data. About gossip, rumour and lies versus “truth” and “facts” – words whose very meaning have been distorted.

28 March 2018 | 1:30 min read


“Shame! shame! shame!” “Stand up, fight back!” “Your kids are going to hate you.”

Those were just some of the slogans protestors shouted at delegates attempting to enter the annual New Zealand Petroleum Conference in Wellington this week.

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26 March 2018 | 1:00 min read


Having a penchant for DIY is not that common among young men these days, especially those on big money. It should be encouraged, so good on rookie batsman Cameron Bancroft for keeping a handy supply of sandpaper about his person at all times. All the better to help out if a teammate's bat gets a splinter, say.