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Could Newly Launched Financial Advice Register Cause Harm?

Respected business journalist Adele Ferguson reports that Treasury has watered down the proposed national public register of financial advisers, launched today by ASIC. After the crisis of confidence following poor advice scandals involving financial institutions such as the CBA and NAB, the registry was meant to help consumers track and select an adviser with confidence.

Higher Standard of Education & Training Required

Adele reports that a year ago industry operatives, in response to an ASIC review of training standards for financial advisers, agreed that it supported a higher standard of education and training for financial services professionals as a potential driver to improve the quality of advice provided to consumers, BUT, the industry still doesn’t agree.

Misleading Says Jeff Morris –

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Can For-Profit Private Education Work For World’s Poorest?

Founded in 2009, Bridge International Academies – investors include Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg – are challenging ‘the long-held assumption that governments rather than companies should lead mass education programs’.

Bridge’s Goal is to (eventually) educate 10 million poor children in Africa and Asia and to make money by expanding its standardized, Internet-based education model. The Wall Street Journal reports that:

“an army of teachers wielding Nook tablets and backed by investors including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg is on a mission to bring cheap ($6.50/month), internet-based, private education to millions of the world’s poorest children in Africa and Asia. In Kenya, 126,000 students are enrolled at 400+ Bridge International Academies that have sprung up across the country

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Indigenous Successes And Future Impact Investment?

In 2012 Natalie Walker was named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence. She sits on various boards including NAB’s Indigenous Advisory Board and the Board of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre. A former CEO of Supply Nation – a social enterprise that integrates Indigenous Australian owned, controlled and managed businesses into the supply chains of Australia’s largest companies and government agencies – Natalie’s entrepreneurial/problem-solving spirit has led her to establish Inside Policy, where today she is Managing Director.

Check out this You Tube video – Natalie is an impressive young woman.

About Inside Policy

Inside Policy is

“a national collaboration of policy wonks, political operatives and technical geeks who love making the world a better place by solving

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Twilight Meetup ‘Down By The River’ At Wangaratta

This Friday evening 5 – 9pm, in Victoria’s lovely northeast, Wangaratta is hosting its inaugural, free ‘Down By The River’ event – live music (indie, folk and pop) great food, a range of local beers and wines, artworks, fashion and handcrafted wares.

Featuring:

  • The Kite Machine
  • Tully on Tully
  • Oliver’s Army
  • Liv Cartledge

Where? When?

5pm – 9pm Friday 13 March 2015
Ovens Riverside Precinct
FREE

Sounds pretty good – why not meet ‘Down By The River’?

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Cutting NCRIS = Budgetary Reform?

We all keep hearing that Australia needs structural reform to our budget ie looking at where really large amounts of money are going.

DIFFICULT AREAS LIKE:

  • Pensions going to people who don’t ‘need’ them
  • Superannuation benefits to people who can afford to contribute something (like me!)
  • Subsidising fossil fuel companies’ exploration efforts

BUT, today there is talk about cutting $150 funding to the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), ending ground-breaking Australian research unless the higher ed bill passes the senate.

What Our Scientists Are Saying

  • Australia’s productivity and 1,700 jobs are at risk
  • Astronomer and Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt says the cut would be a hit unlike any he’s seen in his 20 years in Australia..it will have an enormous effect and it’s

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