Archived News for Executives and Senior Management - November, 2014
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Double speak brings faster filter
New research says people who speak more than one language can process information more efficiently and more easily than those who only know one.
Asylum data leak found in breach of Privacy Act
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has been found in breach of the Privacy Act by posting the personal information of approximately 9,250 asylum seekers on a public website.
Push to build balance with Robin Hood approach
A push is on to take a 0.05 per cent tax from big financial transactions instead of levying GST across the board.
Train dust claims don't wash with Council
The New South Wales Minerals Council says the industry cannot afford to cover coal trains to protect environmental and human health, and says fireplaces are a bigger risk anyway.
Fizzy drinks to FSC as Coke boss trades in
Former Coca-Cola Amatil executive Sally Loane has been appointed to the Financial Services Council (FSC), replacing outgoing chief executive John Brogden.
Local super body praised as forward-thinking fund
Many big investors still consider climate change as a “load of rubbish” and a risk that they “don't need to think about”, one insider says.
NAB first of four to pay for poor fee claims
A settlement could be on the way that would see about 30,000 NAB customers share in up to $40 million in compensation.
Parties stop RET talks, leave sector less certain
Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has issued an official press release slamming the Labor Party for giving up on the Renewable Energy Target (RET).
Victoria's dodgy education dealings laid out
New revelations have woken up debate over a former Victorian Labor government's IT project, with reports that education department officials had shares in and even took jobs with the company given a $60 million government contract.
Bechtel's big intake to boost whole sector
Engineering giant Bechtel has made one of the biggest single intakes of apprentices in the Australian history, signing up hundreds of new workers across three liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants.
Health among concerns as SA factories slow
Domestic violence, crime, suicide have all been highlighted as potential consequences of the decline of Australian manufacturing.
Strike averted as Union ties down tugboat deal
Strikes at the Port Hedland port have been called off, with a deal reached between unions and Teekay Shipping.
Bodies float worries on offshore gas
A public hearing today will listen to safety concerns about floating liquefied natural gas projects off the West Australian coast.
Key coal claims questioned
A local think tank says the Australian coal industry is using overblown and hyperblic claims to make itself seem more influential and important than it really is.
Locals cut off while Energex keeps the change
Over a billion dollars in “savings” held by Queensland state-owned energy company Energex will stay there, kept in the coffers while residents across the state pay ever-higher prices.
Tech world forms new front to fight Ebola
The tech world is looking to aid the fight against Ebola, as the outbreak nears its 5000th fatality.
Big reveal shows low cost of tax-cheating
Insiders have leaked a huge tranche of Luxembourg tax deals, exposing the schemes and scams used by Australian and international companies to pay virtually no tax.
Plea to place science higher for better returns
The UK could be heading for the same science-sceptical funding arrangements that have taken over the Australian Government.
Quest to end Ebola questioned
Strong questions are being asked just days after the Government announced it would try to facilitate more Australian health workers helping the fight against Ebola in West Africa.
Trident takes $10k hit for trumped claim
ASIC has slapped a fine on Trident Investment Management for making potentially misleading statements to the market.