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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 ...

Purposely Misleading?

Some of the news during this week has caused me to reflect further on my previous post discussing the poor use of language in public debate. I can't help feeling that often the way we name or describe things is at best oxymoronic and at worst purposely misleading. Two newsworthy examples of this ...

The State of the Public Debate

This past week I attended my first ISAA Conference. I had no real idea of what to expect. Suffice to say that I enjoyed it immensely and that I would probably be able to have an argument with just one of the speakers. Having not been to a similar event for quite a while I was pleased to once again h ...