A contemporary Welcome to Country?

Community-led events that showcase the personality and culture of a place are the ideal platform for encouraging locally driven visitation.

Governments aren’t businesses – but should act more like them, says Gartner

Government agencies will always have different priorities than commercial businesses, but they can learn a lot from them. So says Rick Howard, government research agenda manager with leading IT analyst group Gartner. He was speaking at the firm’s Data and Analytics Summit, held in Sydney on 26-27 February. “Public trust in institutions is at an […]

Carillion fallout gathers pace – ‘end the outsourcing racket’

  The public sector should provide public services, says UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. “We will rewrite the rules to give the public back control of their services,” he has said, in the wake of the high-profile failure of services and construction company Carillion, which has billions of pounds in government contracts. “Theresa May has […]

Public-private disaster unfolding in Britain

It has barely been reported in Australia, but it is big news in Britain. One of that country’s largest beneficiaries of government outsourcing, a company called Carillion, has gone broke. While the Government has refused to bail it out, the British taxpayer will still have to pay the pension liabilities and the continuing wages to […]

Population growth drives Australia’s economy

Australia will become the 11th largest economy on earth within the next eight years. The forecast is from UK think tank the Centre for Economics and Business Research, and is contained in its World Economic League Table 2018 report. “One of this year’s themes is that countries depending on brainpower will generally overtake countries depending […]

Public sector employment – feds down, state and local up

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has published its annual data on the number of public sector employees in Australia. There are more than ever before – nearly 2 million (1.957 million), a slight increase on the year before. Commonwealth numbers are down, by just 3,400 to 239,300, but state numbers are up by nearly 30,000 […]

From the Editor – Government News is bigger, better, brighter

Government News has been delivering the stories behind government administration and policy since 1981. That’s 36 years, or half a human lifetime. It has thousands of readers, in all levels of government, and many more outside of government. Our  philosophy is to cover the stories the mainstream press misses, but which appeal to those interested […]

US Government to give away 10,000 Fitbits

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected wearable monitor Fitbit for a use in large scale health study. The program, called All of Us, was established by the Obama White House in 2015. It is looking to sign up over a million Americans to “accelerate research that may improve the ability to prevent […]

Australian cities rank poorly in mobility

Australia’s major cities fare badly in a recently released global ranking of mobility – how well they allow their citizens to move around. The ranking of 100 global cities, the ‘Sustainable Cities Mobility Index 2017: Bold Moves’, was published by Arcadis, a major Dutch engineering and management consultancy. Each city is rated on three factors: […]

UK Government to adopt carbon pricing

While climate and energy policy in Australia remain mired in acrimonious squabbling, the UK’s Conservative Government has released a bold new plan for a low carbon future. And it includes a carbon price. The new UK Clean Growth Strategy is a comprehensive 163 page document. It was released on 12 October by Business and Energy […]

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