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Too often during election campaigns we are told that services valued in our communities need to be cut or delayed in order to balance the government’s finances. We are told health services must be trimmed. Despite the appalling suicide rates we are told some mental health services in rural communities are not financially viable. Schools programs and other reforms are not currently financially possible. The list could go on. A Continue Reading

Managing Technology’s Challenges

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Privacy and the Eroded Right to be Left Alone In 1890, Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis (later a U.S. Supreme Court Judge) wrote a Harvard Law Review article on the ‘right to be left alone’. This foundation stone for privacy law seems more pertinent than ever. In recent years, Google has faced a number of ‘right to be forgotten cases’. And, in this Snowden and Wikileaks era, many are concerned about the way technology is eroding Continue Reading

Smart Contract Challenges

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Smart contract technology will transform our lives. Couple it with the other truly stunning advances in technology and we are all in for a frighteningly wild ride in the coming decades. Yes, you may have detected a note of fear. While I am a technology geek, I still have sincere concerns about how we will harness our new capabilities. Is anyone else apprehensive that existing off-the-shelf technology could easily be turned into a diabolical Continue Reading

The Blockchain Cometh

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How Quickly Things Change In roughly six months, Bitcoin ‘veterans’ have seen our infant industry transition from alleged lunacy to hyper-hype. Undoubtedly, there is a certain ‘I told you so’ satisfaction about the immense potential of blockchain technology finally being recognised. After all, gloating is a well-established human foible. I don’t want to spoil the party, but rational analysis of the current situation is warranted. The Continue Reading

Easier FinTech Path to Market

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Easier FinTech Path to Market By Mark Toohey The Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) recently signed between the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (“ASIC”) was arguably a world Continue Reading

The Right to Innovate

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Sometimes we ask the wrong question and miss an important opportunity. The recent strident demands for an investigation into collusion by Australian banks against Bitcoin businesses was misdirected. Investigation Findings The Australian Continue Reading

Winston Churchill

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The man voted England’s Man of the Millennium was a person of enormous complexity: aristocrat; war correspondent; prisoner of war; politician; wartime leader; and architect of modern Europe. He did it all! He saw active duty in five foreign Continue Reading

The Importance of Business Valuations

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“If business schools could offer just one course, it would not be on stock trading, the efficient market hypothesis or modern portfolio theory. Rather, B-schools should be encouraging students to learn the boring, but critically important, discipline Continue Reading

Bomb Book and Compass – Joseph Needham’s Research

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Bomb, Book and Compass By Simon Winchester Rating: Silver Understanding the depth of China's history seems particularly important as we enter the Asian Century. Winchester, in his entertaining style, takes us on a discovery of  Chinese Continue Reading

Are Your Business Ideas Burning Your Brain

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Great business ideas are a wonderful thing. There is tremendous energy in finding yourself passionately believing in an idea. It is one of the great creative moments of life. A lot of satisfaction and fulfilment can be squeezed out of the creative Continue Reading