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3 May, 2022

Blackwhite – May 2022

In this regard, in accordance with Article 51 of Part 7 of the UN Charter, with the sanction of the Federation Council of Russia and in pursuance of the treaties of friendship and mutual assistance ratified by the Federal Assembly […]
3 May, 2022

A lesson in speechwriting

In 2022, we’ve been very pleased to work again with officers from the Fiji Civil Service. Our focus has been on clear professional writing, and one of our most popular workshops has been Writing influential speeches, which has been a […]
3 May, 2022

A picture tells a thousand words

In a world where information is readily accessible, technology has changed how we engage in community and access information. 3000 years ago, the Greeks had an established oral culture, whereby information was relayed through the spoken word. Fast forward to […]
3 May, 2022

In May, vote for the country

For democracies, all elections are important. Some are just more important than others. It is not our business here to urge a vote for a particular person or party. Rather, we outline the issues that we think are important for […]
1 February, 2022

Data literacy – the skill you need in 2022

Governments and agencies face the challenge of using data and data analytics to understand problems and improve solutions. This is true across all sectors of society, including government, business, academia and the community sector. And all government officers will have […]
1 February, 2022

Blackwhite – February 2022

In January 2022, the Australia Institute reported that: … the liquefied natural gas (LNG) is big business in Western Australia. In 2019–20, 47 million tonnes were sold generating sales revenue of $27 billion for multinational corporations like Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell […]
1 February, 2022

Do values matter?

Late in 2021, we received an email from a reader of Agora who thought we had gone too far. The criticism was that in the last two editions we revealed ourselves as partisan and party political. We used Agora as […]
7 December, 2021

The year end cometh

And so we say goodbye to 2021. And we’d like to end the year by acknowledging 2 very different individuals who have in very different ways made the world a better place. One The first is Ms Grace Tame. As […]
7 December, 2021

‘Ghostbusters’ the movie causes death … or not

Last month, as a proof of why we must be extra careful when handling data, Professor Jeffrey Morris analysed if the 1984 movie Ghostbusters was killing people. In an exercise that demonstrates common errors of reasoning and analysis, Professor Morris […]
7 December, 2021

Blackwhite – December 2021

One The Future Fund invests on behalf of the Australian Government. In November 2021, journalists from the Guardian, Ben Butler and Ben Doherty, asked if the fund had invested in a weapons manufacturer that sold combat aircraft to the Myanmar […]
7 December, 2021

The Barnaby Joyce Award for 2021

The Barnaby Joyce Award goes to a person who has contributed in some way to Australian society during the year. For 2021 we give this award to Mr Craig Kelly, the Member for Hughes. In doing so, we were inspired […]
7 December, 2021

Getting modelling and analysis right

Modelling is part of the analytical toolkit that policy makers use. We estimate what are the consequences of policy A and plan B. If we use modelling or draw on the results of modelling, we know that all modelling is […]
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