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Australia Floundering In A Digital Revolution…

Here is a retweeted 21st century wake-up call from John Sheridan Brisbane-based CEO of Business Digital Insights. As John sums up: revolutions aren’t easy and Australia is struggling as “governments, corporates and vendors of all kinds have to deal with new technology adoption when engaging with customers for their products and services.”

Are We ‘Able’?

John asks if we are capable..Do we have the infrastructure? Do we have the networks? Do we have the leadership? Do we have the education? Do we have the guidance? Do we have the support? Do we have the authority?

Not yet, he says:

“We still don’t even have the affordable, fast, secure, broadband platform that we need to operate productively in this new environment, no

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Indefinite Detention: WHAT Is Being Done In Our Name?

Offshore/indefinite detention is about politics. It is a cynical political bipartisan ploy. In the name of the taxpayers, who fund the very expensive offshore detention process, the policy claims a shaky moral high ground. BUT, does preventing drownings justify inhumane treatment and the psychological damage it causes?

The policy hinders people smugglers selling dangerous boat trips BUT….BUT….BUT!

WHY CAN’T boat people be processed in a few months and moved on? If the situation is acceptable on Nauru,

WHY can’t we know what happens there?

WHY is the service, provided by the contractors there – in our name – not evaluated annually and made public?

WHY do we have to be SO SLOW in processing people?

WHAT are both political parties planning to do …

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Policy Focus Wrong. Enough For ALL Public Housing Needs!

“[Today] the challenge is to address the disconnect between supply and occupancy. When there are three times as many empty houses as there are homeless people, we know the policy focus is just wrong. Government must do more than create millionaires via land re-zoning windfalls.” says Karl Fitzgerald, Prosper Australia’s Project Director.

The Leader newspaper reports there are more than 3000 vacant homes in Maroondah (Melbourne’s outer east) and these could house all 1800 on the public housing waiting list. How can this be… especially when many suffering domestic violence need alternative accommodation in order to escape?

WHAT Is Going On???

82,724 properties lie vacant and unoccupied across Greater Melbourne, according to Prosper Australia’s 2015 Speculative Vacancies Report released 20 …

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Kids In Detention – Apalling – Politicians, Get Real!

This morning we hear that OUR Government – on OUR behalf – is transferring 72 asylum seeker kids back to Nauru, despite so many recent reports stating that the conditions there do not meet basic human rights standards.

It is just on 12 months since 202 Australian organisations and community groups signed a joint statement to end child detention.

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten who can’t stop politicking long enough to work out a solution for these children and MAYBE stop the development of a future terrorist or a future drain on our mental health system.

NB I find it apalling that I feel obliged to put this situation into a ‘me first’ scenario!

FYI: Some

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2016 Anomaly: Employers Hiring But Job Seekers Despondent

A new report ‘Amplifying Human Potential: Education and Skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ has been picked up today by The Age. Based on a survey of 9000 young people in the US, Britain, Germany, France, India, China and Australia, this report underlines the challenges we face in becoming more entrepreneurial.

The young Australians (16-25) were the most negative about their employment prospects and they also had the lowest level of confidence in their job skills, with just half saying they are confident they have the necessary skills compared to 75 per cent in Brazil and India. It seems fewer than 20 per cent of Australians have a strong interest in computer coding or developing mobile …

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