Changing the picture on executive gender perceptions

By Dr Marianne Broadbent* Multiple factors influence the disparity between the prevalence of women and men in executive roles. There are three in particular that I come across regularly, in both executive search and working with organisations on leadership capability and talent management. The first relates to how women often approach opportunities; the second is […]

Lake Macquarie warns roads at risk if referendum fails

By Julian Bajkowski The City of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales has come out fighting in support of the ‘yes’ case for the local government referendum, claiming residents stand to lose at least $3 million a year if federal money dries up. The Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Jodie Harrison, has warned the “really […]

Economy predicted to lift after federal election

By Paul Hemsley A key economic indicator from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s securities arm Commsec has confirmed that continued political uncertainty ahead of the federal election this year is acting as a handbrake on business investment, which has been impeding the prosperity of the state economies. The latest quarterly

Newman laps-up Abbott’s $10 billion promise of Bruce Highway aid

By Paul Hemsley Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has warmly welcomed a funding pledge from federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott worth up to $10 billion to flood-proof the state’s Bruce Highway should the Coalition win government at the next federal election. The flood-prone Bruce Highway is a major artery stretching 1,700km along the Queensland coast from […]

City of Ryde Mayor, councillors probed over corruption allegations

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The mayor of Sydney’s City of Ryde, Ivan Petch, and other five councillors are facing a public inquiry by the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) as part of investigations into allegations of a raft of dodgy and improper activities. A statement issued by the ICAC on […]

Referendum teeters as Rudd makes King latest Local Government Minister

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley Australia’s 565 councils and shires have been handed their third federal minister for Local Government in as many months on the back of an inevitable reshuffle following the second incarnation of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister. Member for Ballarat, Catherine King has been elevated into Cabinet under a simplified […]

Prime Minister’s protectors reverse over Ford

By Julian Bajkowski Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her erstwhile Industry Minister Greg Combet might want local governments to buy Australian-made vehicles to support the domestic manufacturing, but it's a very different story for the cars that closely tail the PM's official marque plated C*1. Less than a fortnight after top level pressure was […]

Leadership change out-runs Google

By Paul Hemsley The internet might deliver news and events in close to real time but it looks like Australia’s fast moving political landscapes can even outrun the world’s biggest search engine. After a tumultuous 12 hours that had Kevin Rudd topple Julia Gillard as Labor leader and reinstalled as Prime Minister, Google is apparently […]

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