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Is stupidity a good idea?

Some years ago I was at an organisational meeting and a senior manager advised the employees in relation to their work and motivation: ‘only the perception matters'. I took him to mean that rather than actually meeting the presumed objectives of the organisation, it would be satisfactory, an ...

Captain Cook’s Diaries Free Thanks to Copyright Bill

On 22 March 2017 the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill will end perpetual copyright for unpublished materials. As a result millions of historical manuscripts will be freed into the public domain on 1 January 2019. The Au ...

Budget cuts to National Institutions

The Independent Scholars Association of Australia (ISAA) recently wrote to the Prime Minister, Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP urging him to reconsider budget cuts to the national cultural institutions.In a Press Release dated 16 March 2016 the President of ISAA, Dr Christine Jennett said: “ISAA joins oth ...

Affirmation of Importance of Research

The Council of the ISAA affirms the fundamental importance of research for the Australian society, and globally. The Australian Government needs to support and fund basic and applied research in all disciplines.

  • Council advocates the appointment of high-profile Science and Arts Ministers in any Federal government.
  • Council advocates expanding resources for CSIRO and other research organisations.
  • Council considers that tertiary education provides a private and...

How to Make an Inefficient Public Service

Much change is occurring within the Australian Public Service at present as organisations search for cost savings that will allow their ongoing operations to fit within ever leaner budgets. Politicians and senior managers are fond of saying that “we can always do better” and that “efficiencies ...

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Earlier this week the Commonwealth Bank released the latest report in its State of the States series. This is a quarterly series of economic statistics focusing on eight different indicators of economic performance aggregated to the state and territory level.   Reports like this usually attract con ...