2 March, 2020

Footballs, meat pies, kangaroos, no Holden cars

In a statement made on 17 February 2020, General Motors said that it is: taking decisive action to transform its international operations, building on the comprehensive strategy it laid out in 2015 to strengthen its core business, drive significant cost efficiencies and take action in markets that cannot earn an […]
5 February, 2020

The summer of our discontents

Now is the summer of our discontents made inglorious by … bushfires, hailstorms, choking smoke, record high temperatures and climate change. And the challenge for governments is how best to respond. In the face of an emergency, a good government slices a response in three ways. The first is the […]
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 Prufrock, […]
3 October, 2019

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

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 […]
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