Blog

22 July, 2019

A eulogy and a meditation to Bob Hawke

This is a meditation on decency, humanity and grace. A eulogy to Bob Hawke who transformed Australia, helped to end apartheid in South Africa, constructed Medicare, built a modern Australian economy and believed that a winner-takes-all approach to politics created losers […]
3 March, 2019

Even Homer sometimes nods

Amid some conjecture and debate, Homer is the ancient Greek author credited with writing the epic poems The Odyssey and The Iliad. These two poems, aside from being great literature, have had a defining impact on the development of Western culture. Homer’s works […]
20 February, 2019

The importance of digitial literacy

In the 21st century, communication in the digital sphere is clearly essential and having staff trained in such space is essential. But how do you go about learning this new ‘digital literacy’? In their article Digital literacy and digital literacies, […]
29 January, 2019

What makes a word ‘real’?

It’s something you hear all the time (or maybe you’re the one saying it)—that the English language is going down the drain. With people inventing new words and acronyms like ‘lol’ we just know that we’re losing our grip on […]
12 December, 2018

A phrase to remember if you’re flying over the holidays

You hear new words almost every day, but sometimes you come across one that you just really like. Here’s one that stuck with me and one I think you’ll remember next time you’re travelling. The word is an evolution of the […]
30 November, 2018

Stepping up and letting go

For a manager newly appointed, letting go of the detail is sometimes a challenge. Promotion very often is based on a positive assessment of a candidate’s technical skills and understanding of detail. Leadership, however, demands an applied and subtle understanding […]
14 November, 2018

What’s the point?

Writer: Robert Garran  How many reports or articles have you read where it takes an awfully long time for the author to get to the point—or perhaps when you’re not even sure what the point is by the time you’ve […]
1 November, 2018

The boy who cried awesome—sensationalism in language

Writer: Susannah Bishop There was this young lad, a shepherd, whose main thrill for the day was to cry ‘help!’ ‘wolf!’ out loud, then lean back and watch with amusement as neighbours, friends and bystanders would attend in a frenzy, […]
24 October, 2018

Dear admins: You are the heart of your company

Administration in any company is not the most exciting, appealing or life-changing role. It’s a role that many may not feel overly proud of. Days can be slow, long and draining and they’re often filled with monotonous, repetitive tasks I’m […]
9 October, 2018

How to describe a bridge and other uses of grammar

Ah, grammar. It structures how we communicate, giving us the rules for how to describe and articulate ideas and concpets. You either love it or loathe it. More likely than not, your sentiments are the latter … and in many […]
26 September, 2018

On ‘nother’ and why it is the best word

You might think you’ve never heard this word … and you’re probably quite sure that you’ve never said this word … But you’re probably also wrong. Let’s set the scene: It’s Thursday and you’re on your lunch break. Your workmate says, ‘We’d […]
10 September, 2018

The benefits of a cost benefit analysis

Allocating resources, goods and services efficiently is vitally important to government. Cost benefit analysis can help policy-makers consider consequences and costs when assessing the value of new policy. Essential to conducting a good cost-benefit analysis is determining what factors must be included. What […]
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