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  • Issue 94 - Reversing rhetoric on crime
    • Abstract: Bevitt, Nicola
      The Festival of Dangerous Ideas panel about getting soft on crime questioned the political battle to get tougher on crime.

      PubDate: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 02:29:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - Governor-general celebrates move to legion house
    • PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - Science on trial: The L'Aquila earthquake
    • Abstract: Elliott, Jo
      The 2009 L'Aquila earthquake and subsequent manslaughter conviction of six Italian scientists and a public servant were the focus of a recent Science Cafe, an event organised by the science communication research group at the University of Western Australia.

      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - Board farewells
    • Abstract: Joseph, Peter
      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - Writers say no to Crikey
    • Abstract:
      When online publisher Crikey announced in November 2013 that it would publish a new segment, The Daily Review, it did not anticipate the backlash that would arise from its intention not to pay contributors.

      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - Is it ethical to take part in live animal export'
    • Abstract: Illingworth, Simon
      This is an interesting ethical dilemma. First, there are many different reasons why animals are exported live. Excess dairy cattle are sent overseas for the purpose of providing milk and for breeding. Likewise beef cattle are sent for both breeding and slaughter (serving the purpose of providing fresh meat).

      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - Leadership of the future for the future
    • Abstract: Harris, Kate
      Our lives, our environment and our organisations require different ways of doing and being. We need new leadership models and leadership capabilities to achieve this change.

      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - New Atheism's public image makeover
    • Abstract: Nehru, Virat
      The Unbelievers documentary film is New Atheism's effort to preach to more than just the converted, on a human level. It premiered as part of Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - We are Asia's quarry
    • Abstract: Miley-Dyer, Phoebe
      In this Festival of Dangerous Ideas session, Malcolm Knox attempted to answer difficult questions about the way Australians view our reliance on the mining industry in a summary of his new book Boom.

      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - There are no sexual ethics
    • Abstract: Miley-Dyer, Phoebe
      This Festival of Dangerous Ideas discussion reflected society's obsession with moralising about other people's sex lives. Two problematic issues were addressed: paedophilia and pornography.

      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - Does outsourcing create distance'
    • Abstract: Randles, Jackie
      In We Have Outsourced Ourselves, the first Festival of Dangerous Ideas segment in the Concert Hall of Sydney Opera House, American sociologist Arlie Hochschild examined the affect of outsourcing on various aspects of our personal life, from shopping, cooking and cleaning to childcare, party planning and more.

      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - Teach your children to fail
    • Abstract: Payne, Clare
      As can happen with talks, the most interesting discussions can be sparked by an audience question or a conversation afterwards. This was the case with the Festival of Dangerous Ideas talk, Teach Your Children to Fail by author Christos Tsiolkas.

      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - This is not a conspiracy theory
    • Abstract: Burrows, Natasha
      While Kirby Ferguson opened the 2013 Festival of Dangerous Ideas by declaring that conspiracy theories are really just 'goofy paranoid s***, his analysis of them delved much deeper. Indeed Ferguson, who is currently producing a crowd-funded documentary series on conspiracies and conspiracy theories, knows a little about this topic.

      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - Ethical consumer choices: What's stopping us'
    • Abstract: Renouf, Gordon
      Most of us say we want to make consumer choices that advance a value or interest we care about. Commonly this is to purchase products or services that have positive impacts on issues such as the environment, fair trade and human rights and animal welfare. Other values-based or 'socially responsible' choices range from support for locally made goods, to choosing a product from one country rather than another because of involvement in an international conflict.

      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - Data, privacy and ethics
    • Abstract: Fraser, Michael
      In any discussion about privacy it's important to think about what privacy means to us. Why is it important' What are the ethical principles at stake' How does it serve individuals and society'

      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - Autonomy is utopian
    • Abstract: Kunde, Christain
      Voluntas aegroti suprema lex, 'the autonomy of the patient is the supreme law'. This simple maxim, that promises patients the autonomy to freely accept or reject medical treatment, has become the primary focus of medical ethics in discussion and practical application. Indeed, Roger Dworkin wrote in 2003 that the greatest achievement in bioethics is, 'the triumph of patient autonomy over medical paternalism'.

      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 94 - On limited liability
    • Abstract: Longstaff, Simon
      One of the most significant evolutions in modern capitalism has been the rise of 'shareholder activism'-a movement by which the providers of financial capital bring pressure to bear on corporations in an effort to ensure that businesses operate in a manner consistent with shareholder expectations.

      PubDate: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:53 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Androids: Prostitution's moral solution'
    • Abstract: Valdes, Hector Rodriguez
      Technological advances in the field of robotics have the potential to create androids. Now that we have the capacity to develop these machines, how will our human interactions change and be affected'

      PubDate: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:53:35 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Supporting the ethics centre
    • Abstract: Polese, Sheena
      Around the world, the increasing need for charitable giving has coincided with significant change in the way funds are generated in the not-for-profit sector and how communication with supporters occurs. New fundraising models combined with emerging technology platforms provide many new options for engagement and participation.

      PubDate: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:53:35 GMT
  • Issue 93 - History diplomacy and realpolitik clash in debate over the U.S.
    • Abstract: Murray, Sam
      In August 2013, an ambassador, a writer, a professor and a former Major-General debated the merits of Australia's strategic defence alliance with the United States of America.

      PubDate: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:53:35 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Towards inclusive growth
    • Abstract: Costello, Tim
      Around the world we are seeing a deep sense of discontent among the citizens of democratic and nondemocratic, high-income and lowincome countries alike, worked out via cynicism and disengagement at one end of the scale, and mass street protests at the other.

      PubDate: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:53:35 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Enriching our democracy
    • Abstract: Rowley, Nick
      Working for two years at 10 Downing Street advising then Prime Minister Tony Blair on sustainability and climate change rarely allowed the time and space to consider questions relating to effective democratic engagement. There was simply too much work to do.

      PubDate: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:53:35 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Debating the ethics of animal research
    • Abstract: France, Malcolm
      In 1863-exactly 150 years ago- a prominent English literary journal published an article entitled 'The rights of man and the claims of brutes'1. It had been prompted by press reports of the mistreatment of horses used in the training of veterinary surgeons and was the first public foray by its author, Frances Power Cobbe, into the incipient animal research debate.

      PubDate: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:53:35 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Australian leadership paradox
    • Abstract: Aigner, Geoff; Skelton, Liz
      The Australian and global leadership challenges that we face now and in the future will not be solved by our current ways of thinking. The focus on one leader, usually male, with expectations that he will solve our problems, while at the same time maintain our comfortable way of life, is past its use-by date.

      PubDate: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:53:35 GMT
  • Issue 93 - How do you get your good name back'
    • Abstract: Taylor, John
      What if you have been falsely accused' Perhaps this is by way of a complaint to your employer, a 'leak' to the media or even mentioned under the privilege of Parliament. Leaks and personal attacks are often used to discredit someone who is seen as challenging an organisation or its leadership.

      PubDate: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:53:35 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Greed is not good
    • Abstract: Kruszelnicki, Karl
      In the movie Wall Street, the anti-hero, Gordon Gekko, preaches to an enraptured room that, 'Greed is good'. However, it seems that the opposite is true. Greed is a big reason why the wealthier you are, the more unethically you behave. And that's bad.

      PubDate: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:53:35 GMT
  • Issue 93 - The examined life: Julia Gillard did not lie
    • Abstract: Mackay, Hugh
      Politicians throughout history have appealed to voters to trust them, so issues of trust are never far from the surface in an election campaign. Leaving aside the vacuous claim that 'we don't trust any politicians', it's obvious that we must trust our politicians-what choice do we have'

      PubDate: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:53:35 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Defying conventions
    • Abstract: Saul, Ben
      In August 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Committee found that Australia's indefinite detention of refugees alleged to pose security risks was contrary to Australia's international human rights obligations. Despite this finding, Australia continues to unlawfully detain the refugees.

      PubDate: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:53:35 GMT
  • Issue 93 - Media misdirection'
    • Abstract: Pearson, Mark
      Australian journalists operate under an array of ethical guidelines, including the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance Code of Ethics and numerous employer and industry codes of practice.

      PubDate: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:53:35 GMT
  • Issue 93 - On asylum
    • Abstract: Longstaff, Simon
      It is late September 2013 as I write this article. I do so from the comfort of my seat aboard an A380, heading home from Europe, well cared for and safe at 39,000 feet above sea level. It is impossible not to be struck by how my fortunate circumstances stand in stark and awful contrast to those drowned, just days ago, when making their way to Australia in a vessel that never should have put to sea.

      PubDate: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:53:35 GMT
  • Issue 92 - A raft of hope: navigating the media and political spin
    • Abstract: Webster-Wright, Ann
      I've almost given up watching the news. Between the banality of political jockeying and the brutality of a world in crisis, I began to wonder what purpose my nightly dose of bleakness served. Instead, I stay in touch with the world beyond work and community through selected online updates, with fewer stories but deeper analyses. It's books, however, that remain my touchstones for making sense of what's happening in the world.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:31:56 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Do mention ze war-just don't talk about equality
    • Abstract: Rau, Chris
      On a muggy, 41 degree, summer's day in early 2004, I bundled the youngest off in his pram to watch his siblings in a primary school gala event in Sydney's west. Their school had no hall or auditorium, so families, teachers and giggling groups of nervous performers squeezed in a U-shape around parallel groups of buildings, vying for shade among the few trees valiantly standing amidst the concrete.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:31:09 GMT
  • Issue 92 - A new home for the ethics centre
    • Abstract:
      In the 1990s, Simon discovered that the buildings adjacent to the Opera House received development approval on the condition that free rehearsal rooms would be provided for the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He wondered how a similar provision could be made for the Ethics Centre and approached the then Lord Mayor of Sydney Frank Sartor with this idea.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:28:09 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Memories of war
    • Abstract: Rice, Andrew
      Our armed forces are winding back from an unrelenting round of deployments that have lasted well over ten years. A new generation of veterans will return with their memories. These will be fresh now. In time they will take different forms: suppressed and/or enduring.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:27:16 GMT
  • Issue 92 - The ethics of law can be a tangled business
    • Abstract: Ingram, Nicole
      Recent events have cast a spotlight on the duties that govern the practice of law, with particular emphasis being drawn on the duty of a solicitor to the court. As with most ethical obligations, this can at times be a grey area.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:20:38 GMT
  • Issue 92 - The examined life: Ethics and donations in a democracy
    • Abstract: Rees, Nathan
      Have you ever made a donation directly to a political party' If so, you're one of a very small minority. In fact, the very idea that an individual might decide to give some of their hard-earned to a political party strikes most Australians as deeply bizarre.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:18:24 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Chips and work
    • Abstract: Longstaff, Simon
      One of the more curious developments to catch my attention over the past decade has been the emergence of the 'artisanal' potato chip. That someone should think to make a point of advertising the fact that their chips have been 'hand cut' strikes me as something worth noticing. I imagine that the flavour of cooked potato tastes pretty much the same whether a chip is cut by hand or by machine. So, what value does hand chipping add'

      PubDate: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:16:31 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Business, power and moral hazard
    • Abstract: Dunlop, Ian
      Capitalism and democracy make uneasy bedfellows. Both have flourished in the developed world since World War II, generating great wealth. The key has been moderation on both sides, with ethics as one of the great moderating forces. However, once that balance is disturbed, as has happened in Australia, the entire viability of society is at risk.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:52:31 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Incidental genetics
    • Abstract: McCredie, Jane
      The discovery of the 'incidentaloma' has long been dreaded by clinicians. What to do about the unexpected nodule found on a scan conducted for another purpose' The patient has no symptoms and it's probably nothing, but once you know something is there it's hard to ignore it.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:52:31 GMT
  • Issue 92 - The fair go is fact, not political platitude
    • Abstract: Herscovitch, Benjamin
      With the controversy over the adequacy of unemployment benefits heating up again, the divide between the haves and the have-nots has resurfaced this budget season.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:52:31 GMT
  • Issue 92 - The ethics of big data
    • Abstract: Han, Juri
      Significant advances in mass digitisation, the social media phenomenon and enhancements in computing power and data storage capacity have expanded the scope of implicit and explicit information available online, creating an era of 'Big Data'.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:52:31 GMT
  • Issue 92 - Controlling gun control in America
    • Abstract: Harralson, William Scott
      It is not easy to explore the topic of gun control in America without the conversation quickly shifting from a casual public policy discussion to an intense and emotional debate.

      PubDate: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:52:31 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Cave man ethics': The rights and wrongs of cloning
    • Abstract: Levy, Neil
      It now appears that the scientist who seemed to be advocating that we clone Neanderthals was suggesting only that 'we need to start talking about it'. Ethics is an essential part of such a conversation: assuming we can overcome the enormous technical challenges that currently bedevil any such cloning initiative, should we do it'

      PubDate: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:09:21 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Selling ethical consumption
    • Abstract: Friedlander, Judith
      We've hit 2013, the teen years. Cynics may laugh but ethical consumerism is arguably growing up, and there is a strong case for selling it.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:07:53 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Laughter is the best medicine
    • Abstract: Pollard, Lou
      Humour cannot be bottled for consumption but it can have great power. I believe there is truth in the saying 'laughter is better than medicine'. As a Clown Doctor, I deliver doses of humour to help relieve fear in high-pressure situations, distracting seriously ill children going through difficult medical procedures in hospitals across Australia.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:06:12 GMT
  • Issue 91 - The role of business in peace
    • Abstract: Killelea, Steve
      The great Scottish economist Adam Smith once said that there are some activities which are for the benefit of all members of society but are too expensive for any individual or group of individuals to afford. These activities became known as public goods and encompass services such as railway infrastructures, roads and social security.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:58:02 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Sturm und drang: Stress proofing soldiers' ethics in
    • Abstract: Longstaff, Simon
      In the midst of confusion about what led to the recent, untimely deaths of two Afghan boys, two things are clear. First, the deaths are a tragic loss. Second, no Australian who was present will have been callous or indifferent to their sad fate.

      PubDate: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:57:20 GMT
  • Issue 91 - A brave new education
    • Abstract: Dizon, Daniel; French, Ben
      Two years ago, researchers found Australian university students to be five times more likely to develop a mental illness than the general populace. Why is this so'

      PubDate: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:55:01 GMT
  • Issue 91 - As the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) turns twenty,
           disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes has launched an online
           film series called twenty years: Twenty stories.
    • Abstract:
      Twenty years ago, life for millions of Australians got easier. The then Deputy Prime Minister in the Keating government, Brian Howe, introduced an Act that would, for the first time at a national level , make it unlawful for people with disability to be discriminated against. The genesis of change was the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth), which came into effect on 1 March 1993.

      PubDate: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:55:01 GMT
  • Issue 91 - The ethics of open data
    • Abstract: Waugh, Pia
      Every decision we make is underpinned by raw information, measurables, experience and other data. Data is all around us. It includes anything we can measure or observe and is a fundamental building block for the knowledge that has seen humans evolve from hunters and gatherers to the modern day globally connected citizen.

      PubDate: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:55:01 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Ethics in the news
    • PubDate: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:55:01 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Australia's banking system is out of balance
    • Abstract: Petschler, Louise
      Since the Global Financial Crisis, competition in the banking sector has significantly decreased to the detriment of consumers. Abacus - Australian Mutuals has launched a campaign to restore the balance.

      PubDate: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:55:01 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Why non-profit social media policies need values
    • Abstract: Malone, Kylie
      Your organisation may have recently taken its first brave steps into the social media realm after developing a social media strategy, or perhaps your non-profit has been tweeting and securing Facebook 'likes' like nobody's business - but have you considered the importance of establishing a set of social media guidelines or policies'

      PubDate: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:55:01 GMT
  • Issue 91 - Ethics in critical care
    • Abstract: Burgess, Carla
      'I wouldn't let my dog die like this, yet I have to watch my wife die this way.' These are the words spoken to me by a patient's husband two days before her death.

      PubDate: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:55:01 GMT
  • Issue 91 - The examined life: Advancing the responsible investment sector
    • Abstract: O'Connor, Simon
      The world of business continues to highlight just how relevant and important the role of responsible investment is.

      PubDate: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:55:01 GMT
  • Issue 90 - Primary ethics report card
    • Abstract: Russell, Teresa
      As we approach the end of our second year of teaching ethics to children in NSW public schools who don't go to scripture classes, we can pause (for a maximum of two minutes) and reflect on our achievements, before looking forward to the huge task still ahead.

      PubDate: Wed, 9 Jan 2013 09:24:44 GMT
  • Issue 90 - Beating the system: Doping in sport
    • Abstract: Lee-Stronach, Chad
      The practice of doping is said to have been so commonplace and engrained in some high-level athletic competitions that until recently, regulating it has been unfeasible.

      PubDate: Wed, 9 Jan 2013 09:21:31 GMT
  • Issue 90 - Advisers are already held to account
    • Abstract: Mulgan, Richard
      Exposing ministerial advisers to greater public scrutiny may make them more powerful, by giving them a higher profile and opening the distance between them and their ministers.

      PubDate: Wed, 9 Jan 2013 09:16:24 GMT
  • Issue 90 - Confession and confidentiality
    • Abstract: Longstaff, Simon
      In 1077, a penitent Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV, crossed the Alps by foot and knelt for three days in snow before the castle of Pope Gregory VII. Only then did the Pope emerge to forgive the excommunicated Emperor and readmit him into the body of the Church. In this increasingly secular age, it is almost inconceivable that a head of state would bend the knee to a religious leader.

      PubDate: Wed, 9 Jan 2013 09:06:24 GMT
  • Issue 90 - Health justice: The line between patient autonomy and patient
    • Abstract: Burton, Pamela
      The tragedy that befell Sydney's Waterlow family in November 2009 raises complex issues of health justice, morality and ethics, and highlights Australian society's woefully inadequate mental health services.

      PubDate: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:58:41 GMT
  • Issue 90 - Why responsible investment'
    • Abstract: Williams, Sarah
      Responsible Investment is an overarching term for what is still considered to be a niche area of the investment market, and an area that is littered with TLAs (three letter acronymns). It has previously been coined Socially Responsible Investment (SRI), but many were turned off by the 'social' or 'fluffy' connotations of this, and the term also ignored the fuller remit of investing responsibly.

      PubDate: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:58:41 GMT
  • Issue 90 - Junzi and rushang: A confucian approach to business ethics
    • Abstract: Lamond, David
      A common retort to the introduction of a discussion on 'business ethics' remains a sniggering response that the term itself is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms - ethical ideas and moral behaviour are not possible within the selfish, greedy and amoral world of business.

      PubDate: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:58:41 GMT
  • Issue 90 - Showing us their woolloomooloo
    • Abstract: Lovric, Jenny
      In 2011, a group of six people with a passion for social change seeded the idea of Show Us Your Woolloomooloo, a project designed to connect a melting pot of community voices in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Woolloomooloo including public housing residents, homeless people, local home owners and local businesses from different ages, genders, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

      PubDate: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:58:41 GMT
  • Issue 90 - The examined life
    • Abstract: Wylie, John
      In 'The values of principle over prescription' (Living Ethics Issue 89) Dr Simon Longstaff echoes beliefs I have long held - that our laws are so complex in number and detail they are unreasonable and unworkable. Nobody has any chance of knowing them all and therefore it is unreasonable to expect everyone to live within the law at all times.

      PubDate: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:58:41 GMT
  • Issue 90 - Power in the workplace: Addressing the elephant in the room
    • Abstract: Morawska, Jenny
      Use of power in the corporate landscape is often discussed in hushed tones. However, rarely have I encountered open and frank discussion around this topic in the workplace.

      PubDate: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:58:41 GMT
  • Issue 90 - Women on boards but not in pipeline to leadership
    • Abstract:
      The 2012 Australian Census of Women in Leadership, released on 27 November 2012, reveals that the numbers of women at the upper levels of corporate Australia are so low that it will take decades before women achieve any meaningful representation, unless organisations adopt a more disciplined approach and set targets at leadership and management levels.

      PubDate: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:58:41 GMT
  • Issue 90 - The lure of authenticity: Julia takes a stand
    • Abstract: Webster-Wright, Ann
      Politics and authenticity mix like oil and water in our poll-driven, sound-bite culture. Yet it could be argued that a hunger for authenticity, for evidence of values or meaning in the drama of political game playing, was the lure that drew such a voracious response to Julia Gillard's sexism speech. Julia took an authentic stand on something that mattered - and it resonated.

      PubDate: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:58:41 GMT
  • Issue 90 - How Australia can benefit from having more women in the
    • Abstract: Schwarz, Carol
      In early 2012, it seemed that Australians started to raise their collective consciousness regarding women in leadership positions. As the year progressed, the issue has become impassioned.

      PubDate: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:58:41 GMT
  • Issue 89 - UN global compact network Australia at Rio+20
    • Abstract: Davidson, Sarah
      In June 2012, the United Nations Global Compact Network Australia led a business delegation to participate in the Rio+20 United Nations Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Forum and attend the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the 20 year anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit, Rio+20 renewed the commitment of government, business and civic leaders to sustainable development and the promotion of an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable present and future.

      PubDate: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:42:45 GMT
  • Issue 89 - The value of principle over prescription
    • Abstract: Longstaff, Simon
      As a child, I visited the ski fields of New South Wales but once. So, you would think that my most enduring memory of that vacation would be of snow. But it is not. Rather, I remember a lamb chop - or, more particularly, the circumstances giving rise to a BBQ in a bushland clearing somewhere out of Cooma.

      PubDate: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:38:01 GMT
  • Issue 89 - Big tobacco and plain packaging
    • Abstract: Chapman, Simon
      In August 2012, Australia's High Court dismissed the plain tobacco packaging case brought against the Australian Government by the world's largest tobacco companies. The companies had challenged the Government's new law, due to be fully implemented from 1 December this year.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:32 GMT
  • Issue 89 - The social conditions for openness
    • Abstract: Saul, Peter
      In the winter 2012 issue of Living Ethics Sarah Macdonald encouraged us all to open our emotional and ethical closets to public gaze. She referred to the consequences of Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper not being open about their past actions. Julia Gillard is now also under media scrutiny because of questions being raised about her actions while a partner at the law firm Slater and Gordon some 17 years ago.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:32 GMT
  • Issue 89 - The ethical traveller
    • Abstract: Arnold, Sally
      Most of us like to live our lives as ethically as possible, but what about when we leave familiar shores for an overseas holiday' If we think about it too much, perhaps we wouldn't walk out the door, but by following these suggestions we can travel a little bit more responsibly and sustainably.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:32 GMT
  • Issue 89 - Transforming business from the inside out
    • Abstract: Randles, Jackie
      Cindy Gallop creates business opportunities that tap the pool of good intentions. Her website If We Ran the World inspires people to transform ideas into action by connecting those with the same good intentions together in social media communities.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:32 GMT
  • Issue 89 - 'Tis better to have switched and saved than never to have
           switched before
    • Abstract: Zinn, Christopher
      As a consumer advocate it's usually easier to cry foul from the sidelines about alleged transgressions by producers or retailers than it is to take real action. Submissions, lobbying for change and gathering petitions all have their value but take time, rarely fire the imagination and don't often scare the incumbents. Or you can intervene directly into markets where the consumer should do better.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:32 GMT
  • Issue 89 - NSW government response
    • Abstract: Hazzard, Brad
      Paul Cleary's article fails to recognise the arm's length and transparent processes put in place by the NSW Government to ensure the competing interests of accessing resources and protecting biodiversity and agriculture.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:32 GMT
  • Issue 89 - Mining royalties and state governments
    • Abstract: Cleary, Paul
      The proceedings that unfolded in the NSW Land and Environment Court concerning a Hunter Valley mine expansion in 2012 would not have been out of place in the worst autocracies of the developing world.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:32 GMT
  • Issue 89 - Open government in action
    • Abstract: Coutts-Trotter, Michael
      Openness is good for government. It not only protects us from ourselves but also regularly improves, sometimes dramatically, the quality and effectiveness of public services. But it's not an absolute.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:32 GMT
  • Issue 89 - Ethics in the news
    • PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:32 GMT
  • Issue 89 - Combatting cartels
    • Abstract: Sims, Rod
      Cartels throw up all sorts of ethical dilemmas and questions. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's answer is to get on the front foot and partner education with enforcement to combat them.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:32 GMT
  • Issue 89 - The banking and finance oath
    • Abstract: Bell, David
      With banks worldwide on the reputational back foot after the fallout of the GFC, the establishment of the Banking and Finance Oath, which can be taken on a voluntary basis by finance industry workers in Australia, is timely.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:32 GMT
  • Issue 89 - Alleviating homelessness
    • Abstract: Goldie, Cassandra
      There is no doubt that Australia's housing and homelessness services are currently stretched and simply unable to meet growing demand for services. Among solutions are social housing and affordable rental programs - but there needs to be greater investment in such initiatives to ensure their long term viability.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:32 GMT
  • Issue 88 - Ethi-call hypothetical case study
    • Abstract:
      Who can contact the Ethi-call service and what can they call about' The hypothetical example below has been created by our ethics counsellors to give an insight into the types of callers and possible dilemmas faced. If you're facing a dilemma at home or work, one that doesn't seem to have a right or wrong answer, there's someone you can talk to. Our trained Ethi-call counsellors help you explore your dilemma, supporting you to reach a solution that fits with your circumstances, principles and values.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:23 GMT
  • Issue 88 - The australian global reporting initiative conference on
           sustainability and integrated reporting
    • Abstract: Whitaker, Victoria
      The inaugural Australian Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Conference on Sustainability and Integrated Reporting was hosted by GRI's Focal Point Australia in Melbourne from 26-28 March 2012, with the support of the Australian Government.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:23 GMT
  • Issue 88 - Pornography and education
    • Abstract: Arliss, Julie
      I don't think you can blame young people who watch porn. It's often free, it's easy to access and they think they have something to learn. Western societies have accepted pornography almost without question, believing it to be a harmless bit of fun. Few people, however, are willing to recognise that it carries real risks to children and teenagers.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:23 GMT
  • Issue 88 - Why compulsory voting undermines democracy
    • Abstract: Moraro, Piero
      Australia is one of the 19 countries in the world that legally enforces the vote. For Australian citizens voting is not merely a right, but also a duty. First introduced in Queensland in 1915, extended to the whole country in 1924, compulsory voting is a salient feature of the Australian electoral system. But is it democratic'

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:23 GMT
  • Issue 88 - Rogue practitioners - accepting the challenge
    • Abstract: North, Denise
      Insolvency practitioners - bankruptcy trustees, liquidators, administrators and receivers - have been getting some bad press. Most infamously, a former liquidator is now serving a sentence for a number of counts committed when he was the administrator or liquidator of companies or incorporated associations.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:23 GMT
  • Issue 88 - The examined life: The lies we tell ourselves
    • Abstract: McDonald, Sarah
      At the launch of the Daily Life website earlier this year, a microphone was passed around and guests were asked to reveal their 'secret shame'. There were revelations of eating chocolates in bed, the devouring of romance novels and the fascination with some shockingly bad TV. To my disappointment, no one whispered 'my husband likes me to whip him' or 'I'm cheating on my bloke by having an affair with the girl next door'. But I wouldn't have been that shocked if they had.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:23 GMT
  • Issue 88 - Accountability and transparency are vital for a healthy
    • Abstract: Milne, Christine
      During this time of great change, people need integrity from their political leaders. They aren't seeing it from either the Government or Opposition.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:23 GMT
  • Issue 88 - Ethics in the news
    • PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:23 GMT
  • Issue 88 - Workplace dishonesty
    • Abstract: Bright, Jim
      If we were to form our views about organisations from high profile court cases and public inquiries over the last decade, it would be tempting to form the view that organisations are populated by duplicitous, deceitful pathological liars. Current events in Parliament also point to the presence of liars. So is lying is an inconvenient truth'

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:23 GMT
  • Issue 88 - What directors need to know
    • Abstract: Colvin, John
      Directors and boards make a significant contribution to the Australian economy and broader society. The organisations they govern, whether it be large listed organisations, family businesses, small to medium enterprises, schools, government enterprises, charities or community organisations, are essential to the growth of Australia's economy and the living standards of all Australians, and the social fabric of our nation.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:23 GMT
  • Issue 88 - The James Hardie case: Risk, reputation and business ethics
    • Abstract: de Govrik, Tony
      Much has been written about the James Hardie appeal decision since it was handed down by the High Court in May this year - although it is generally agreed by commentators that no new legal precedents have been set. Far from being a landmark decision, it has probably not taken the law relating to directors duties any further. In fact, it probably does little more than reinforce what the Federal Court enunciated about directors' duties in the Centro case in 2011.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:23 GMT
  • Issue 88 - On lady gaga and liberty
    • Abstract: Longstaff, Simon
      The cancellation of the Lady Gaga concert in Jakarta sparked more than just indignation from her fans. Broader discussions about national security and liberty are underway as a result of this hotly debated incident.

      PubDate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:57:23 GMT
  • Issue 87 - Adolescent suicide
    • Abstract: Friend, Paul
      The suicide of a child is a tragic event for parents and other relatives. Increasingly we hear of adolescents suiciding in the context of pressure to perform, usually in the academic arena. Aspirational parents, aware of the competitive nature of education and the benefits of academic success, commonly encourage their children to greater academic dedication and effort. Often this is done in a supportive manner, sometimes not.

      PubDate: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:23:57 GMT
  • Issue 87 - Working with waste pickers
    • Abstract: Godden, Cindy
      There I was, standing on the edge of a 40-year-old Cambodian dumpsite, gumboots on for the first time, ready to begin picking through the day's new load of household waste. In the months before, I'd spent time getting to know a group of waste pickers who lived alongside the dumpsite and I'd bonded with a young single mother, Chanthin, who offered to teach me her trade. Located in an inner city suburb of Phnom Penh, the dumpsite comprised three large mountains of waste, each standing more than 15 metres high.

      PubDate: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:23:15 GMT
  • Issue 87 - Challenging unfair fees
    • Abstract: Gillett, Paul
      Somewhere along the line, an amazing thing happened. The banks convinced you and me that it was OK to charge us fees for giving them our money. Surely it's the other way around' We deposit our money with the bank for our peace of mind. The bank pays us interest in return for the use of our funds. Today, the interest payable on an average transaction account has long since withered into insignificance, but the income derived by Australian banks from fees and charges has ballooned enormously.

      PubDate: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:21:38 GMT
  • Issue 87 - Is money antithetical to ethics
    • Abstract: Nelson, Anitra
      We live in a world that appears crisis-prone. Some risks are natural but many are substantially humanmade, for instance economic ones such as the global financial crisis and certain environmental challenges such as climate change.

      PubDate: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:20:58 GMT
  • Issue 87 - Ethical intelligence and good decision making
    • PubDate: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:10:04 GMT
  • Issue 87 - Support our team
    • PubDate: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:29:38 GMT
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