Statistician had the numbers to win APS equality award

The inaugural Australian Public Service Diversity and Gender Equality Awards have been held. Winner of the individual award was Justin Lokhorst, Director of Construction Statistics at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The department/agency award was to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the network award to ATOMIC (the ATO’s Making Inclusion Count LGBTI employee network), […]

New State Treasurers club to confront Feds

The Treasurers of Australia’s states and territories have formed a new Board of Treasurers, which pointedly excludes Federal Government Treasurer Scott Morrison. The new body is an initiative of NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, who said that the states and territories need to derive substantially more value than they are currently getting from the existing Council […]

Canada to buy old RAAF jets?

Australia could be the beneficiary of a growing trade dispute between Canada and the USA. The Trump administration is threatening to place heavy 300 percent import duties on Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier because US manufacturer Boeing says the Canadians receive unfair government assistance. Canada has responded by saying it will not buy US fighter aircraft, […]

Talk to doctors better, AMA tells states

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has written to all state and territory health departments urging them to use new guidelines it has developed to communicate better with the health profession. The AMA says the Guide will inform the development of policy and improve the standards of care being provided to patients. It has also been […]

NSW Councils to boost the ‘Night Time Economy’

Local Government NSW and four major NSW councils will hold a forum on the Night Time Economy.. They have formalised the term into an acronym – NTE. The forum will be held in the Parkroyal Parramatta hotel on 12 October (during the daytime). Details here. The forum is the first tangible result of a work […]

GST sharing needs a fix, says Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission (PC) has delivered its draft report on Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation to Treasurer, Scott Morrison. It highlights many shortcomings in the current system and recommends a complete overhaul. Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation (HFE) is the term given to the sharing of GST revenues to the states to even out their fiscal capabilities. In practice […]

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