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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 ...

LIBRARIES UNDER THREAT

Sybil Jack

I am increasingly concerned about the effect that changes to libraries and archives are making - changes that will impact on independent scholars perhaps more even than others. Michael Wilding has produced a worrying paper published in the 'Sydney Review of Books' that makes plain not only the destruction of our heritage but also the possibility of 1984 type 'reconstruction' of the material available. All of this, for independent...

Who decides ISAA priorities?

Clearly and necessarily the answer is the committee but should there not, perhaps, be ways in which ordinary members and especially those in more outlying areas can raise issues and offer ideas. My email is jammed with big organisations asking that I 'sign' petitions for this or that. Is this the ef ...