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16 December, 2019

A review of the weirdness that was 2019

2019 was a weird year. Bushfires and heat waves in November. Lots of stuff happened and so we list here three moments that we thought were inspiring, strange and surprising. We start with the best. If you are over thirty then you’ve entered the nether world of J. Alfred Prufock, […]
3 October, 2019
writing laptop

Can public servants write well? That’s a multimillion-dollar question

Published in the Public Sector Informant, Canberra Times, on October 1 2019 On a dark and stormy night, a long time ago, a colleague of mine, having spent long hours reviewing and clearing documents, declared that the work of reading as a professional was akin to dragging a coffin through […]
4 September, 2019
burning money

Can and should in the Age of Implementation

A good rule for life—and one learnt very hard sometimes by teenagers—goes like this: just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. Just because you can stand on the roof of a car travelling at 90 kilometres per hour, doesn’t mean you should. Just because you can drink […]
1 August, 2019
the big short

Ratbags, rorts and regulation

The Big Short is a fabulous film about the global crash of 2007–2008. It stars Steve Carell as Mark, a financial dealer who is obnoxious, loud and utterly correct in his analysis of a financial market that was white-ant riddled with fraud. As a piece of drama it’s great watching, not least because […]
22 July, 2019
style manuals

Be passionate about the new digital Style manual

Sometimes in life we get lucky. Something comes along that captures our imagination and interest and which aligns perfectly to the things that we’re passionate about. Generally it’s love. On this occasion, however, it’s the Commonwealth Style manual, which now is being developed as a new updated digital product by […]
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