Archived News for Executives and Senior Management - September, 2013
The head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says it is not worth spending piles of money on new roads when we can change the way people use current ones, and make more money from that.
Talks halt on Foxtel's run for triple threat
Clandestine negotiations have been going on between Telstra and News Corporation to launch a Foxtel-branded broadband service, but reports say the talks have now hit a snag.
Bosses act dumb as desert death toll mounts
A report says the figures behind the construction of the site for the 2022 FIFA world cup have been working their people to death, and will have to answer for a significant toll by the time the stadiums are complete.
ECB policy to remain 'expansive' for now
The European Central bank’s monetary policy is “an expansive monetary policy and it will remain expansive as long as necessary,” according to its Executive Board member Joerg Asmussen.
Markets wait on Alibaba's magic word
The massive wholesale trade website Alibaba has defended its unusual command structure, which has also led to it likely being floated on the US Stock Exchange, rather than the Hong Kong equivalent.
Resignation and regret in Debelle inquiry
Two senior education bureaucrats have left the South Australian department in the wake of the Debelle inquiry.
Full council dumped over bullying, spending
Allegations of bullying and misuse of funds have led to the sacking of the Wangaratta Council, with a bill to dismiss the entire pack passed this week.
New suits cut from the same cloth
The Coalition government has revealed some of its taste in departmental leadership, appointing two new heads from the same university and who were initially hired by the same senior public servant.
Foreign worker crack-down in Singapore
Singapore has tightened its rules on the hiring of foreign workers following protests over the large number of outsiders in the increasingly affluent city-state.
Plenty still draw gender lines at work
A World Bank report on gender equality in business has found a sorry state for women in many countries, with several nations upholding laws that give husbands the power to prevent their wives from working.
Energy and bank boss plugs uranium dump
A senior figure in Australian resources and finance has said that the country could play a big role in the world’s nuclear future, if it does not mind holding the radioactive bag.
Lack of communication costs Vic. government
An audit has found Victoria’s three largest government agencies cannot be confident they are managing their spending on telecommunications.
Users lash out at LinkedIn
A group of LinkedIn users are suing the service for allegedly hacking emails to find contacts to spam with unwarranted emails.
Loss after loss for Norway's worst gambler
A Norwegian high-roller has lost his attempt to sue an Australian online betting agency.
Overseas charge prompts top ASX men to bail
Short-selling charges for a hedge fund in the US have led to the resignation of two directors from the ASX.
Regulators harpoon JPMorgan's whale
JPMorgan Chase will pay nearly a billion dollars in fines to US and British regulators, after admitting its involvement in the “London Whale” trading kerfuffle.
Stormy conditions settling at Billabong
The rolling tide that is Australian surfwear company Billabong seems to have landed on new shores, settling on a finance deal and new chief executive for the label.
Annulments in lawyers' matrimony
Disruptive business practices are reportedly shaking up the lawyer’s profession; recent figures show pay rates are dropping, staff are switching all over the place and overall revenues for some top firms have dropped.
Australians face ageing arrangements
New statistics from the ABS suggest that Australia’s ageing population will become a big factor in future approaches to work.
Award rewards ethical enterprise
An award has been created to recognise Australia’s most conscientious business - in an effort to make the country a better place for everyone.
Stressing the importance of sympathetic re-shuffling
One of the founders of the R U OK? Day workplace campaign says stress has not left the workplace, rearing its head again as a major factor in staff turnover and dissatisfaction.