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Journal Cover Living Ethics : Newsletter of the St. James Ethics Centre
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   ISSN (Print) 1444-6545
   Published by RMIT Publishing Homepage  [403 journals]
  • 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
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    • PubDate: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:29:38 GMT
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